Gord's Super Farmall H!

Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:41 pm


For those who were here for CubFest Northeast NB 2009, y'all got to see Gord's H that he grew up with. Was his father's. Now it kind of boards here since I actually have some room for the H to play in. Gord is getting it running again. We have had sort of a mini-fest here the last couple days. After watching Cecil, Bob and Dave, I got me some courage, so we are playing. Redid all of the fuel lines as they were primarily copper and a mess at that. Pics in a bit..... So we got the battery in, fluids changed/added/topped up etc., and then we turned it over. Nada, nuddink.. zippo :( :roll: :? :( So back to drawing board and check for Fuel, Air, Compression and Spark. Yup, got em all :D except for mr. Sparky.

Tested the spark with an in-line spark tester and nada.. nothing there. So popped the distributor cap, dry, clean no arcing marks. Took off the rotor and dust cover.. gee that was easy.. :shock: :? :!: and then started to check the points. Manually opened them, they looked ok.. no glazing. So then had Gord turn it over slowly so I could watch the shaft as it brought the lobe up to open the points. Nope.. points no open. Check closely - no gap, go to next lobe - nope no open.

Off the top of me head the number 0.015 seems to ring a bell. Is 0.015 the correct gap for the points in an H with a distributor :?: No service manual.. no owner's manual available that is easily accessible.. so any help is appreciated. I think we got it all covered except for spark. Hoping to get it going tomorrow. Now the Super A well that is a different story.... :big shy:

edit: It has been determined that Gord's tractor is actually a 1947 H and not a Super variant. However, it is still a Super - "H" in my books :big smile:

Re: Gord's Super H

Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:48 pm

Rudi - I think the specs are .013 for an H or .020 for the super H

Re: Gord's Super H

Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:09 pm


Thanks I appreciate.

Nudder quick question. What year did the Super H begin production? Early 50's yes? And serial number is where?

Re: Gord's Super H

Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:47 pm

Super H's were produced in 53 & 54 only. Serial number tag is on the clutch housing - left side.

Re: Gord's Super H

Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:05 pm

.020 Distributor
.013 Magneto.

The .020 gap is pretty standard for most battery operated ignition systems.

Re: Gord's Super H

Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:11 pm

BD and Eugene:

Many thanks. Guess I will have to memorize those two gap settings. :D

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:06 pm

Is it running yet????????Kevin

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:50 pm

Image not yet.... Gord had a few appointments today. Hopefully at some point tomorrow or the weekend.

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:33 pm

A nice sunny day today :!: great day for some seat time hauling firewood on Ellie and playing with the Super A and the H. More on the Super A later, for now we have news on the H.

Gord was able to come today and we got into the H again. First thing we did was put those wonderful illuminated Spark Plug Wire Testers on the plugs and the wires connected to them. Then Gord finally got the screw for the points loose and I then adjusted the points. 0.020" gap.. a little tug when closed but not a lot. Felt ok. Tried to see if we had spark. Image -- nada, zilch, zippo, nuddink. No blinkin lights at all. :( So I took the cap, rotor and dust cover off. Grabbed the point file I have (Em's old emery board :roll: ), gave it a few good swipes, blew it out with a bit of air (me) put it all back together again. told Gord give it a whirl.

One or two revolutions and tada :!: she fired... and started :shock: But you could hardly tell it was running that engine is so quiet. Blew me away. Anywasy, turned on the gas a bit more and Gord took it for a small spin up to the house - me riding shotgun on the drawbar. Em was quite amazed.. real quiet and not a tiny tractor. I think I have found a new interest... not sure what I would do with something that size, but it is an interesting tractor nonetheless.

Again, I gots to thank Cecil, Dave, Larry and Bob for helping me get me mojo back.. I am enjoying this... this is great :big smile:

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:50 pm

Glad ya got it going Rudi :big afro: and look forward to the pics to,,,,,,,, I am grinning a bit here on account of thr emery board trick Ive done the sand paper on points thing many many times one day I may just buy a points file :lol:

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:12 pm

Glad to see you have your mojo back, I do not think it really ever left maybe it was just dormant for a while. A little encouragement will do wonders for the mojo.

I can not wait for pictures of the H. You had better be careful those H's will grow on you and you will have to expand the storage facilities :D

Great to hear the old H is alive and kickin


Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:05 am


Quick question.. Oh, the H sounds soooooo smooth.. slick engine. Gord says this engine has never been touched... just maintained. Wow :!:

Ok to the question.. what is the proper idle rpm setting for the H :?: We think it is a bit on the high side. Second question.. since I have no manual.. where would the adjustments be? Will check but would this be an IH carb? It looks like it.. does not look like a schleber or a zenith. Possible carter? But seems more than likely an IH.

Pics tonight

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H now with Pics !

Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:37 pm

Well as promised here are a couple pics of Gord's 1947 H.




Gord and I were playing with the H yesterday and he installed the lift cylinder for the trailing sickle bar mower. Next week we may actually get to play with the mowers...

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:40 pm

Very nice looking H Rudi, better be careful or you will have to have an H yourself and then you will have to have an M, it is a SICKNESS but what a way to go. Chuck :{_}:

Re: Gord's Super Farmall H!

Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:32 pm

Nice the points are .013 and plugs are .025.I did my points at .015.I now hand crank to start mine.dead battery.I'm waiting for the throttle lever to get in.Its running great.Nice pics.I do like the wide front end.Mine is narrow,and like that better.Come on weekend!!!! Tractor pull,last one of the year!!! kevin :shock: :shock: :{_}: :{_}: