In my Quest for an H

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In my Quest for an H

Postby T-Mo » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:01 am

I don't know why I think I need an H, but for some strange, unexplained reason, I think I do. Anyways, I ran across an ad from a local tractor dealer who sells LS tractors. They must have took this H in on a trade. They want $750 for it, and it must be the roughest looking H, maybe tractor, that I ran across in a while. I show the pictures to my wife, whose only comment was - "it's pretty rough". It does have a 3 point on it. The right rear tire is pretty worn, but all the tires seem to be holding air. I don't think it's rougher than my '49 C, but the C does run. This H looks a lot rougher when you standing in front of it than it appears in these pictures. The pictures actually make it look better than it really is.

I wonder if it runs? And if it does, how long?
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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Dale Finch » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:57 am

Ready for a road trip?! :{_}:

Not mine, but on Craigslist:
https://charlotte.craigslist.org/grd/d/ ... 02721.html
Curious...are those the normal rear wheels on an H? Pretty neat-looking!
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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Gary Dotson » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:03 am

I think some early H's had that style wheel, kind of a carryover from the F-12. That seller is very proud of his!

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby T-Mo » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:07 am

I'm no expert, but I don't think those are normal rear wheels for an H. I'm sure there are some H gurus on here who could tell us.

Here is another H that I found. I asked for a video of it since it's over 5 hours away and standing in front of it to hear it run and drive is out of the question. But if they send me a video of it, then it might make me want to make the trip.

https://www.bnttractor.com/inventory/?/ ... rmid=30464

There are some more local ones near me in various conditions and price.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby T-Mo » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:10 am

Gary Dotson wrote:I think some early H's had that style wheel, kind of a carryover from the F-12. That seller is very proud of his!


Gary, I was thinking those wheels might be from a F series or that the early Hs might have used that style of wheel, but as I said, I'm no expert on these so I would have been guessing.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Ike » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:58 am

I think the flat spokes are a clue that the tractor was originally on steel wheels. Those were cut down and welded to a rim to convert to rubber. Google Image search "Farmall H Steel Wheels".

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:39 pm

Yes, those are cut-offs from original H steel wheels.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby ajhbike » Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:59 pm

What is so rough about them...it looks like every tractor I have bought. I like the before, but the after is worth it.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby v w » Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:38 am

Both tractors lack fenders which for me is a huge turn off. If you want to be completely PC the second tractor appears to have a different throttle control but it is much better than the original. A 1939 H was the first tractor I drove and have quite a lot of time on it. Vern

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Gary Dotson » Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:10 am

Of course, cut-offs, I didn't think about that.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:55 am

Terry, I think this all hinges on how much work you are willing to put into getting yourself a nice H. The one in Chambersburg seems to be the best looking, plus it has a 3 point. But, it’s far away and a little overpriced. The closer ones are rougher and the one has no 3 point. Decisions, decisions. BTW, what does need have to do with it. :D
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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby T-Mo » Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:45 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Terry, I think this all hinges on how much work you are willing to put into getting yourself a nice H. The one in Chambersburg seems to be the best looking, plus it has a 3 point. But, it’s far away and a little overpriced. The closer ones are rougher and the one has no 3 point. Decisions, decisions. BTW, what does need have to do with it. :D


Yeah, I know - one shouldn't "need" an H, but one should still have one.

I have another H that I could consider, the one I drove back in August. So, I have choices and options. As for a 3 point, I think I prefer the original drawbar. But, 3 point does open up some implements.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:58 pm

The 3 point makes the tractor much more versatile.
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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby Rodney51Cub » Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:31 pm

T-Mo wrote:Yeah, I know - one shouldn't "need" an H, but one should still have one.

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Re: In my Quest for an H

Postby T-Mo » Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:27 am

I'm going to go back and look at this one again, and give it another test drive. It needs a left front tire, and gas tank de-rustified.



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