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Old 06-03-2010, 02:26:07 PM
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Question IHC LB brass cranking handle question

Ive seen quite a few international type lb engines thru the years. A few seem to have brass cranking handles! I have been checking on the serial numbers of these engines and they all seem to be 1945 engines. Iam guessing this is a symbol for the end of ww2?? Does anybody have any insight on this? Thanks db.
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Default Re: Ihc lb brass cranking handle question

If I remember right, from a past tread, there is no ryme or reason why some have a brass handle.
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I thought I read somewhere it was to with 1945 being some sort of an anniversary year for IHC, but I don't know what they were celebrating?
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I have two 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hp LA's that have brass crank handles. Both date to 1937. Maybe brass was cheaper than cast iron at times?
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I have always thought that the handle was brass due to the "brittleness' of cast iron and the danger of the handle breaking off and going ballistic. Good luck in a good hobby Joe Morris
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I have a McCormick/IHC LA Engine 1 1/2 hp # 12511 that has a brass hopper cover and has IHC logo cast inside

Also have a 3 to 5 hp LB # 43641 with a brass crank handle
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

Hi David
I collect LA and LB engine since a couple of years ago and I love finding all sorts of different things and information for these engines.

About brass crank handle that you mention, I already own three different models of cast iron. I have not found yet handle brass.

What makes you say that the handle is brass? Is the color of the metal or the magnet does not stick to metal?

Is it possible for you to send me a photo of this brass crank I want to see his form?

Thank you for the information.
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

Jean-Guy,
Here's one I used to own .... 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hp LB. Definitely brass, someone painted it red but paint was flaking off.
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I have a brass handle 3-5 and also a 1.5-2.5 with a brass handle. Not sure on the year/serial number... I was told some anniversary by someone a long time ago, too.
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I found this brass handle at a local show last year for $15, with flywheel included!

The only marking on the handle is the IHC logo, no numbers.

It is most definitely brass since it dents so easily....
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

Hi Reading the remarks re the brass handels on IHC LAs or LBs I have beden collecting these engines for a few years by now and was told in no uncertain terms by an older gentelman at a show that i had some of my brass handels on the wrong engines as they belonged to the 1945 production which was a celebration of the 10th full year of production of this IHC line and it also was a celebration pof the end of the war I brelieved this gentelman as he had worked at the IHC factory during this time Even in spite of this info i have left my brass handels on any of my show engines because i trhink they look real good HARV
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

Maybe the brass handle were replacement handles if your old one broke.
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

Just went and checked my brass handle engine, sure enough it is a 1945.
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Default Re: IHC LB brass cranking handle question

I finally found my engine list to check and sure enough my brass handled 3-5 LBB is a 1945. Nathan.
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