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International Harvester Farmall Model 'H'

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Introduction | FORDSON Model 'F' |
International Harvester Farmall Model 'H' |
Ford Model '2N' | Case Model 'VAC-12' |
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"Farmall”... the name itself conjures an image of the quintessential farm tractor. The Farmall 'H' – class tractor was introduced in 1939. It was one of the first projects of industrial designer Raymond Lowey , who was hired to restyle the entire International Harvester line. Lowey was also famous for styling the Pennsylvania Railroad's GG-1 electric locomotive, as well as the rakish Studebaker car styling of 1953 and the paint scheme for Air Force One, first introduced in 1962. Lowey's use of smooth contours and bright red sheet metal make even a 1939 Farmall look completely modern 7 decades later. Production continued until 1953 with nearly 400,000 units sold.
The Museum owns two Farmall H's...one was manufactured in 1941 and is a classic “row-crop” tractor with dual front wheels. The large rear wheels have rubber tires which are filled with a sodium chloride solution to add weight to the machine for better traction. Each rear wheel weighs in excess of 600 lbs. The tractor itself with the added tire weight tips the scales at about 6,700 lbs ! Serial No. FBH78486. Operational. Awaiting restoration to its “as-delivered” appearance. Farmall 1 Farmall Rubber
The second Farmall 'H' - class tractor was built in 1942 originally with front and rear steel wheels due to wartime restrictions on domestic use of rubber tires. After the war, as was the case with many of the steel-wheeled tractors built during early 1940's, they were converted over to rubber tires. Look closely at the large rear wheels and you will see the original steel spokes...cut down and welded in place to fit the new rim. This tractor weighs 5,500 lbs. Like our 1941 Farmall 'H', this machine is another “row-crop” model with dual front wheels. Serial No. FBH105903. Operational. Awaiting restoration to its “as-delivered” appearance.

 

 

Introduction | FORDSON Model 'F' |
International Harvester Farmall Model 'H' |
Ford Model '2N' | Case Model 'VAC-12' |
JOHN DEERE MODEL MT