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Tractor of the week. Week 19: 1026


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I got one as I stated on here before.Just a wonderful tractor, with a wonderful history, milestone idea with the first over 100 hp tractor of ANY manufacturer. Only model of IH Hydros that is only hydro of that time period.I was very fortunate to get mine.

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According to the 24 February 1971 IH Farmall Works Operations Review, the company reported a 0.7% margin on the 1026 for 1970 and was predicting a -0.9% margin for 1971. Consequently, only 366 Farmall and 15 International examples were scheduled for production in 1971 while the 826 Gear returned 7.1% in 1970 and predicted 4.2%; the Hydro 3.8% and 4.5% for 1971.

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Missed this one somehow!!

Heres dad’s 1026, bought used in ‘72 , head gasket and harmonic balancer in ‘94. We had it repainted in’95 and dad got hit by the Pete in the picture on September 11 of  ‘98. Rest of the pictures are of the carnage 

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8 hours ago, Alan Dinan said:

Missed this one somehow!!

Heres dad’s 1026, bought used in ‘72 , head gasket and harmonic balancer in ‘94. We had it repainted in’95 and dad got hit by the Pete in the picture on September 11 of  ‘98. Rest of the pictures are of the carnage 

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How did your dad fare out from that wreck? Hopefully full recovery.

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I grew up on this tractor when I was a teenager, and was able to buy it at his estate sale this spring. I did put new rear rims and tires on it, because everything was rotted out. Needs some wiring attention, and the throttle shaft resealed on the Roosa. Even has 2 point hitch. 

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8 hours ago, acem said:

Hope he was ok.

He was in an induced coma for 28 days, 4 broken ribs, ruptured spleen, and a punctured lung. Had several exploratory surgeries trying to find the cause of a Staff infection, found a needle hole in his intestine. Came home from the hospital after a week in rehab/pt on Thanksgiving day that year. He never made a full recovery, always said that standing felt like he was standing on chat. He passed on June 11 of 02. 

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34 minutes ago, Littlefeller said:

Sorry to hear that.  A sobering reminder of what can happen

The driver of the truck was passing him going up a hill in a no passing zone and 3 cars topped the hill so he swerved into dad to keep from hitting them head on

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21 hours ago, EquipmentJunkie said:

Thanks, Drysleeves.  That is interesting data.  How would the 1456 margins compare to the big frame hydro?

It was an analysis of new machines so the 826 - 1026 were the only itemized products. One other interesting tidbit from the production schedule indicated there were 17 F-1256 tractors built in 1970.

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8 hours ago, Alan Dinan said:

The driver of the truck was passing him going up a hill in a no passing zone and 3 cars topped the hill so he swerved into dad to keep from hitting them head on

I'm sorry to hear that. Not that it would change the outcome but people who drive like that and cause accidents should be criminally charged. 

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First year or two of our dealership we had a customer wanting us to find him and his son a clean 1026 so Dad went to one of his machinery sales up in Indiana around 1976 and bought one at a dealership used and I remember that tractor being unloaded off the semi when it was delivered and it was a 1971 model and it still looked as new as the new tractors on the lineup row at our dealership, sure wish I had pictures of stuff happening at the shop like we take pics today with our phones.  They took good care of their machinery and that 1026 was there big tractor for years until they bought a nice used 1586.  The father later on got killed accidently on the farm while working back in his woods with his H and rolled it and killed him instantly, sad situation.  The farm sold out years ago and that 1026 was sold at the auction and where it ended up I have no clue

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8 hours ago, Drysleeves said:

Just not at the same time, officially anyway, unless you happened to be buying one of the 17 they built in 1970. Since the 1026 only had a Category II three point it wasn't technically a Hydro 1256.

Agree...there wasn't technically any overlap in production.   

 

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13 hours ago, acem said:

What's the difference about the 17 built in 1970?

Btw, a friend will be selling his 1026 Goldie this winter.

No clue. Didn't know it happened until I found the 1971 Farmall Works Operations Review on ebay. It's just odd that they were built after 1456 production was already in year 2. Parts must have been available and somebody(s) got a deal.? It would be interesting to find one and have a peek to compare.

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