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Here are a few pictures of a project I started 3 years ago for someone else. It is 99% finished, just needs a few finishing touches. It sat in a grove for 10 years and got water in the engine. I had to overhaul the engine, put in a new TA and fix a lot of leaks. The paint was done by a local body shop using base-clear on the tin work. It is like a mirror! It was a fun project but I am glad it is almost done! Now I can focus on some of my projects!
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Beautiful tractor. When I was growing up we had a 706, an 806 and a 1206 on the farm. Really good tractors.
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IH in my opinion built the sharpest looking tractors. My favorite being the 1206 with the white grille and fenders. Second favorite is the 66 series black stripe. If they would have started engineering a better transmission in the 50's to compete with Deere's 20,30,40,50 series I think they would have survived the 80's. I remember my grandpas brand new 5488 and it still had the same basic rough shifting transmission the 06 series had back in the 60's
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We still have our 1206 and both 806s. And yes they were a bit of a bear to shift gears unless the trans brake and clutch are properly adjusted. The 2 speed TA was reasonably handy but did have a limited lifetime if used to excess. Deere on the other hand didn't have any such auto shift till well later in the game. Then it was the power shift that they got away from Ford, And that was the real answer to the issue. And that unit has a good reputation for lasting. Of course I can change the old TA in those old binders by myself, that power shift is more than I want to deal with.
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If you like the Black Stripe series, maybe you will like this one. Built buy a fellow club member for tractor rides. He had the real one on the farm and it was one of his favorite tractors. Built mostly from BN parts (and from the newer versions of the BN) with custom fenders front and rear and the extra seat. Also the front end weights are plastic, I have no idea where he got those.
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IH in my opinion built the sharpest looking tractors. My favorite being the 1206 with the white grille and fenders. Second favorite is the 66 series black stripe. If they would have started engineering a better transmission in the 50's to compete with Deere's 20,30,40,50 series I think they would have survived the 80's. I remember my grandpas brand new 5488 and it still had the same basic rough shifting transmission the 06 series had back in the 60's
My dad bought a new 1086 that was my hay baling tractor. I bet I put 5000 hours on that thing over the course of 3 summers. I worked most days from as soon as the dew burned off till the sun went down. The trans in it was just like you described. I remember that thing grinding when I had to shift and sometimes it wouldn't go into gear (but I thought it was) and when I let out on the clutch it made the loudest raking sound on the gears that would almost drive me out of the cab. It always did this from the day it was new until we sold it.
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IH in my opinion built the sharpest looking tractors. My favorite being the 1206 with the white grille and fenders. Second favorite is the 66 series black stripe. If they would have started engineering a better transmission in the 50's to compete with Deere's 20,30,40,50 series I think they would have survived the 80's. I remember my grandpas brand new 5488 and it still had the same basic rough shifting transmission the 06 series had back in the 60's
It would have taken a lot more than a good transmission to save IH. The book Corporate Tragedy yells the story of mismanagement & arrogance that brought them down. It's almost a textbook for business school-how NOT to run a company.
Actually the 6.9L pickup engine they sold to Ford came closer to saving them than anything else...
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That union strike that they gave into was the final nail in the coffin, they guaranteed to keep the assembly line going regardless of market sales. It basically made them build 10 times more tractors than they could sell due to the Carter era ag policies that killed the grain market and caused 25% interest, also forced nearly half of the farmers out of business. That 6.9 engine also saved Ford, too many fires in busses and ambulances had Ford in trouble and that tragic bus fire in KY,( drunk driver hit a church bus on the interstate, Killed somewhere around 25 children and adults), Was the final blow for gas engines in heavy vehicles/ pickups and busses. They couldn't build that 6.9 motor fast enough! GM had nothing reliable, Ford had a questionable mid range diesel from their European division, We had a few of them in some L series trucks, constantly in the shop and too much dead weight too boot. Harvester built that engine to save their own bus and medium range truck market share, the Ford sales was a bit of a wind fall.

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Back then we had a Chevy Pick up that I got almost new, most gut less POS I've ever had. Neighbor had one with the 454 gas and even though it was better, the thing never had enough gas in it ever! Started burning oil and knocking at 145,000 miles. So we all went to diesels, I got a 86 F250 with the 6.9, noisy as all get out but lasted forever and still got 13 MPG towing trailers. Neighbors both got the early GM diesel and never had much luck with them, both had major issues, one had to be majored in less than 100,000 miles. The other threw a rod through the side shortly it had warranty work for a oil consumption issue. They both had more money tied up in repairs than the trucks cost new.
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