Been itchin' for an H

Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:53 pm

I have been wanting an H for quite a while. I had the chance to get a nice one back in June, but I decided to pass since the timing just wasn't right. I let Rick Spivey grab it and I have been kickin' myself ever since. :lol: That is until today.

I saw this for a right nice price on Cincinnati's Craigslist Thursday while I was in Georgia at Stonethrow. I called the guy but he never called back. When I got home on Sunday I emailed him as a follow up. Still nothing, so I figured he had sold it. This morning I got a call from the seller. He said he had changed internet providers and never got the email. He was also out of town and all his calls got dropped. I called Bigdog for advice on what to look for on an H. He was kind enough to fill me in on the things I should check. Thanks Darrell, I appreciate the time as well as the nice chat.

Anyway, I drove about an hour to pay him a visit. I spent another hour looking it over. Mechanically and cosmetically it is in great shape. It is due for front tires and there are a few scratches but the tin and paint look pretty good. Long story short, it caught a ride north to the barnyard.

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Re: Been itchin' for an H

Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:18 pm

Cool, Bill. H's all around! :{_}: :{_}:

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:10 pm

Nice Lookin' tractor! Glad you got one, Bill. That one looks sweeeeet!

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:03 pm

Looks good Bill... Very happy for ya !!!

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:55 am

Good lookin H, Bill! I've always had a soft spot for them too.

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:02 am

Eye wonder if your improved eyesight influenced your decision to beye an H to dreyeve. Neyece tractor Bill :wink:

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:12 am

I know they were tremendously popular in their time, but I never really liked H's--too big to be a small tractor, but too small to be a big tractor. That said, it looks like you have a nice, clean straight H there--congrats! I love to see well-kept originals like that end up in a good home! What year is it?

Al

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:49 am

I have 2, one runs, one not so much. But the 2nd is on the "To-do" list, and I have acquired an H loader for it. Ah the memories of loading manure with non-live hydraulics and the trip bucket, if you got coordinated maximizing up-loader time while clutch is out and a coordinated reset-bucket while backing, it became somewhat efficient. Takes ppl a while to get coordinated. In New England we have (had) the "barn-cellar" that was cleaned out 4-6 time/yr plus getting chicken manure from several chicken farms then with us it was a lot of dump truck --> field then in the spring all the spreading just before plowing. Good times!

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:04 am

Nice find Bill. :{_}:

It looks a lot like my '50 except yours has fenders, which most of them don't these days, not sure why.

There's always been a soft spot in my heart for the H. Some of my fondest memories of farm work are driving my neighbor's H for raking hay. It was that neighbor who was the first to roll my dad's cub (my '48).

I have a couple of spare parts that you might want. I'll bring them to the next event I go to. I have a spare front grill cover and might have a PTO guard.

The H is one of the best antique tractor buys out there, at least in this part of the country.

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:52 am

I've also had an interest in getting an H someday, and/or a Super C. Glad you got it, Bill.

Edit: Looks like someone may have hit the front wheel with a little paint recently. :)
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Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:03 am

Congrats Bill, that looks a nice tractor! Belt pulley, swingin' drawbar, pre-cleaner, all the lights, monroe seat and fenders to boot! The dogs seem to enjoy it too!

H's are nice, easy to handle and light. A few friends tried to talk me into one instead of an M, but I had my heart set on an M. I'd alot rather have an H over a C...to each his own, but I just don't like the looks of a C.

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:03 am

Just got back from my other place where I keep some of my toys including the H and spare parts. The PTO cover I have is only 8" long compared to the one on my tractor which is 13". Not sure what the standard size is but my shaft sticks out about 10".

Re: Been itchin' for an H

Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:32 pm

Looking at these pic's makes me home sick. We had an M and a H on our home farm. Some times I'd would forget which one I was driving, they are so near alike. However the H was easier to fill the gas tank. !! They were a good pair to have on the farm. I miss them.