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Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Hengy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:27 am

Hi all... I have most certainly been bitten by the Farmall bug, and BAD. Last weekend, I attended two parades for our local Oktoberfest Grenadier Corps, and like most rural parades, there were nicely restored old tractors there. This was the first time I had seen a Farmall C up close and personally since I have been on the forum. I actually saw a Demonstrator C as well, and that was neat. I was wondering what everybody's opinions were of them? They seem to shoot the gap between the A/B tractors and the H, but is there really an appreciable difference between either tractor that makes the C stand out? I admit that I know nothing about them really. Are the engines similar to either the H or A/B? I have heard it referred to as a "straight axle B" tractor...is there any truth to that?

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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:54 am

Deep down inside, the C is a Farmall A. It replaced the B and had changes to address some B shortcomings. The things addressed were greater flexibility of track width, availability of a wide front and addition of hydraulics. The engine is a C-113 of Super A vintage so it has a place for the hydraulic pump. Most of the engine, transmission, final drive and hydraulic parts are identical to the Super A.

You are going to need a larger yard.
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Mr E » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:58 am

Watch out, Mike. Once you get started, there ain't no turning back!!!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Virginia Mike » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:02 am

I have a '52 super "C" as a chore tractor. It has good power and handling. We had a Massey Harris 22 on the farm when I was a kid, the "C" is a much better tractor.
The cons are; it is a tall tractor, hard to get on and off. The lift rod, (mine is 3pt) runs by your left leg and limits movment. Other than that it is fine. I like the short turning radius of a row-crop.
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Hengy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:07 am

Man... I have it figured out. I have FARMALL FEVER. The Cub is just the "gateway drug" to the Tractor addiction like Mary Jane is the gateway to other drug addiction! I have the addiction really badly!! I'd love a C!


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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Hengy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:08 am

Jim Becker wrote:Deep down inside, the C is a Farmall A. It replaced the B and had changes to address some B shortcomings. The things addressed were greater flexibility of track width, availability of a wide front and addition of hydraulics. The engine is a C-113 of Super A vintage so it has a place for the hydraulic pump. Most of the engine, transmission, final drive and hydraulic parts are identical to the Super A.

You are going to need a larger yard.


Does the C have a final drive? I thought it was a straight axle tractor like the H and Ms did?

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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Josh Blair » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:35 am

as long as the color is the same as blood you can guarantee ( that is not how you spell it i think )
that it will last. check out this video at the antique show at my church




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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Boss Hog » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:52 pm

If you get one try to make it a Super C , a bit more power and better brakes, and fast hitch would be a pluss too, one of the better 2 row cultivating tractors ever made
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby spadra » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:34 pm

WisconsinCubMan wrote:Man... I have it figured out. I have FARMALL FEVER. The Cub is just the "gateway drug" to the Tractor addiction like Mary Jane is the gateway to other drug addiction!


Just promise you won't start breaking into the neighbors houses to support your "habit". :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:44 pm

WisconsinCubMan wrote:Does the C have a final drive? I thought it was a straight axle tractor like the H and Ms did?

It is a straight axle design. It has a final drive but no separate final drive housings. The differential drives pinion shafts that power bull gears on the axles.
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Hengy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:01 pm

AHA! Thanks for that explanation, Jim!

I am intrigued now, and would really like to see (and drive) one in person to experience it!

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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Jeff D. N.E. Wis. » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:34 pm

Mike: If you ever want to make the trek to the Eastern part of the state, we have a 53 Super-C and 20 acres that you can "test drive" :lol: one if you like. Just holler.

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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Song » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:44 pm

Mr E wrote:Watch out, Mike. Once you get started, there ain't no turning back!!!! :lol: :lol:



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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Bezirk » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:15 pm

I owned a Super C for many years, and really liked the dual hydraulics that allows you to change the plow draft on the fly. I also did a lot of sickle bar mowing with it. In one of my dumber moments I sold it several years ago and have regretted the sale ever since. if I find one at areasonable price it might just follow me home !
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Re: Opinions of Farmall C's

Postby Carm » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:35 pm

I have a C under restoration. It is the tractor that is responsible for giving me tractor fever, and connecting me and Otis and subsequently the reason I now own my farm. Aside from that being enough to make a great tractor, I really like the utility of it. A good 2 row tractor. Decent power. Sits high and wide and yet still small enough to get through the woods with a trailer of wood. I love my C!
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