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A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:26 pm

I've been talking to Josh about fast hitches and wondered if anyone has an idea when IH decided to change their latch on the fasthitch. I thought maybe they made the switch when they went from lever to crank on the depth adjuster, but that didn't pan out. Here's the latch in question:
fhitchlatchloop.jpg


fasthitchno loop.png


You'll notice the top pic is the first type with a continuous loop and the second pic shows the later type without a loop. Just curious what style latch everyone has and a ballpark year.


Thanks,
Rick

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:36 pm

My 63 has the loop, would not want one without it. Nylon rope from loop to seat back, can change impliments without getting off tractor. Other part of equasion (sp?) is wrench to push latch down from seat, lol.

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Rick,
My '57 has the closed loop.
The 1964 Farmall Cub we had used the open loop.
The '57 Loboy we had was missing the latch however Don Eicher had a closed loop that I bought on ebay.

The closed loop style appears to be a casting whereas the open loop is a fabricated part.

Peter

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:57 pm

I don't have any infor on when the change but both fasthitches I have are equipped with the loop. I remember our Farmall 200 came with the loop type latches and also a handle that was basically a continusous loop of round rod. It has a rectangular handle on the ooerator end and a hook on the other so the driver could latch and unlatch from the seat. I have patterened some for my CUBs just like it and keep it stored beside the gearshift and battery box. Works out very well. The only drawback with a rope that I know of is it could get tangled up with something else and jerk the driver.

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:10 pm

1963 LoBoy - Hook.
FH hook.JPG

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:28 pm

Winfield Dave wrote:1963 LoBoy - Hook.
FH hook.JPG


It's a somewhat different animal but our '57 230 has the hooks.

Al

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:13 pm

55 Cub -- hook
Lo-Boy -- hook, don't know year, but it's yellow.

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:23 pm

Rick, my '56 Cub, '57 Cub (Rusty), and '60 Lo-Boy all have the closed loop type. Actually I have never seen (or noticed :oops: ) the open loop or hook type. :big give up:

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:41 pm

My son has a 55 stored in my barn, has a round latch. Do not know if it is original.

Bill

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:51 pm

My '57 has the hole latch. It is the original latch.

Bill

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:10 pm

Rick, if you still need it then, I'll give you the info on my 77 Cub and 51 Super C when I get back up North.

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:58 pm

My '64 LoBoy has the hook style.

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:18 pm

Don't know for sure but I think the larger tractors used the hook style. I can't remember but I was thinking our 560 had the hook style and that would have been 58 - 59 time frame. It could be that all replacements are now that style.

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:46 pm

I just looked at 8 of them the ones off the 55 and 56 cub have the O, one is original for sure , the 63, 2 74s and 77 cubs have the hook 3 of them I know are original , The 58 and 77 140s have the hook. I will look at 2 more tomorrow
Boss

Re: A fast hitch latch question

Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:48 pm

1955 with loop
1960 with loop
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