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1941 Farmall H

1941 Farmall H
Everything works on this 41 model H. I pull children on a trailer, tree limbs on a trailer, and sometimes a few bales of hay. All the gears work, but the plowing gear grinds pretty badly. I wouldn't work this old tractor too hard. It's mostly for fun and show. I did once pull my Ford 600 out of the edge of the pond with the old H. She not only pulled the 600 up a 30 degree bank, but 'plowed' the tractor out of the mud as she went. The serial number plate is gone, but all the parts are labeled as 'J's and K's' and the engine block casting is stamped '7/8/K' which means July 8th, 1941. I seriously doubt in the shortage of tractors during wartime that this H was not assembled until 1942. I often wonder about the lives of all the former owners of this tractor, and if one day a poor farmer had to get down to accept a telegram about a son killed possibly in WW II. Pearl Harbor was only a few months after this engine was cast. If the old red beast could talk! What would it say? The cone speakers are for playing recorded steam caliope circus march music (I temporarily mount a stereo cassette player) which I do for the children on the 4th of July and other holidays. The lights, decals, and the nose panel (that covers the cultivator mount points) are aftermarket copies. Mostly everything else is original, except the stack and it has an alternator rather than the original generator and a voltage reg. I rebuilt the carburetor and added the voltage reg, put in a new starter bendix and spray painted the tractor (Sunrise Red). This tractor was shipped from the factory with a magneto, but has been field converted to a Delco Remy distributor. Buying a set of points for a tune-up was an interesting undertaking, because not every Case/IH bench parts salesman knows about the aftermarket Delco Remy distributor conversion. They'll bet the farm the points are two pieces. They are one piece, like cars had before the late 70's. I finally matched them up at an auto parts store (CarQuest) from a picture (and the guy at the auto parts store knew about the conversion and found the reference to it!). She cranks before you can get your finger or foot off the starter! Sounds like a sewing machine, and the caliope music really gets the children's attention. Both the rear PTO and the belt drive PTO work and I have the belt pully wheel mounted.

Submitted By: R.K. Smith from AL on 2003-06-30

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