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  1. #1
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    Default My first tractor and first post. =)

    Hello everyone,

    I've been lurking among TBN for a year or two now soaking up all the great information you guys have to offer. I've been a carpenter since 2002 and recently went to school for 2 years for a degree in welding. I have been aquiring tools as I can and recently picked up an IH tractor of unknown model that runs rather well for having 3447 hours on it. Yes, she is yellow, but here and there you can find red breaking through. I hope to someday return her to her former glory.

    I have been trying and failing to maintain a mile and a half of dirt/gravel road cut into steep hillsides on 40 acres with a pickup and shovel for 12 years now, digging back the slough-off and maintaining a stretch of very steep grade (12-14% if I remember right) I am excited about the possibilities this machine opens up.. of course, once I build the rear implements.









    I've never operated a tractor before so my buddy is in the pics safely getting the tractor off a borrowed trailer =)

    For now it has already been a great tool to do most of my heavy work for me and I've gotten the hang of operating it in the few weeks that I've owned it. The brakes are weak, almost not even there (it will stop you on nothing more than a flat) and I will eventually need to replace the clutch, but for now I am just quick to drop the bucket. The rear end is very light and the tractor won't go anywhere on a grade with anything in the bucket.

    I am currently using it to power my logsplitter, it will split oak all day with a 4 way. I will have to get a better pic with the tractor included.



    I have aspirations to build a small firewood processor on the 3pt built around this little logsplitter and the tractor hydraulics but I eventually want to run a larger pump off the PTO, larger hoses, and ram when I can afford it.

    I also have plans to build a box blade and a land plane. I almost have all the scrap iron to do it, some I-beam, guard rail, and used county plow blade edges, just need to scrounge up some tubing and an upper link for the 3PH.

    Looking forward to posting up my projects and reading more of yours as I don't think I will ever see them all.. oh, and if anyone has any idea what model my tractor is please don't hesitate to let me know. I will post up better pics soon.

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    Interesting post , and welcome to the forum.e
    Cant identify thr m/c yet could you take and post some more photo's ??

    One of steering wheel & dash board area ?
    One of engine area, left and right, (loader raised) ??
    One of rear of tractor showing PTO and hitch area ?
    Photos of gear levers and hydraulic controls to r/hand of seat??
    then with a bit of luck we may be able to help!!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    It sounds as if the rear tires arent filled. The extra weight on the drive wheels will make it seem like a whole new tractor. Much more stable when you have a load in the bucket.

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    Welcome!

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    Much appreciated, I will take those pictures tomorrow.

    I looked up filling the tires just now and see that there is quite a debate as to which way to go about doing it.. I don't like the idea of putting calcium into the tires and am leaning more toward the rv antifreeze.

    For a while I was thinking about putting weight on the boxblade when I build it, but I've read up that the 3ph floats in the down position? That would help the boxblade or land plane get more bite, but do nothing for my traction.

    I suppose my first test is to see if there is anything other than air in the tires to begin with, yet I really doubt it. I will also look into making wheel weights if the liquid doesn't feel sufficient.. I'll remember to save any flywheels I come across, or lifting weights..

    The ground is still too soft from recent rains to do anything without making a serious mess. Great time to be in the shop throwing sparks.

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    Welcome aboard. Wishing you success in regards to your future projects.
    The PUPIL who does not surpass his Master, fails his Master.

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    It's a 4cyl Diesel. I've replaced the water pump, installed an electric fan, and 1 wire alternator. The lever/valve for the rear hydraulics is frozen solid, so I've bypassed it for now to run the logsplitter with quick disconnects off the selector valve and the fill port under the seat, not the most ideal situation but it works for now. I need to pickup a 1/2" npt 90 next time I'm in town because the return hose has a rather small radius and is jammed up against the fender =( Anywho, I hope this helps













    I suppose some closer pics of the engine would help, I've found numbers and my buddy that works at the local auto parts is unable to cross reference them with the knowledge base there. The tractor is missing some tin, yet I have a pile of parts and pieces that came with it, engine tin included.
    Last edited by GrizzyDan; 02-20-2012 at 12:36 AM. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    Oh, and it's a manual trans, 1 reverse, 4 or 5 forward.. will check on that in the morning.

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    O/k good photos and hopefully someone on here will be able to identify the model.

    My experience relates to IH's European built machines. This one is of USA manufacture and as far as i can tell is not even based on a european unit..

    What are the numbers you have , we may be able to run a search ???

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    Default Re: My first tractor and first post. =)

    and congratulations!

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