Original Factory Paint Colors

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Original Factory Paint Colors

Postby Stanton » Sun May 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Original Factory Paint Colors for Farmall Cub, Lo-Boy and International Cub

The purpose of this thread is to document some examples of factory paint schemes for reference. It is not meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive. We will continue to update and add information to this thread as it comes available. We want to thank Glenn Posey (clownfish) who suggested this idea.

Pictures from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s McCormick-International Harvester Collection have an identification number (WHI #XXXX) to document the photo per their request (http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=28169&p=220674&hilit=wisconsin#p220674). Photographs may be purchased from the Society using the reference ID number by contacting them at: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Record ... le/CS15303

An excellent resource for original paint colors and decals is Farmall Letter Series Tractors, by Guy Fay and Andy Kraushaar, 1998.

1947 – 1953
Even though the first two pictures are black and white, we’ve included them for several reasons:
  • The first pic is of the first production Cub ever made, serial #501.
  • Even though a black/white photo, it clearly shows what was painted red (same tone all over), like the starter, front wheels, rear wheel centers and most everything else, except the magneto.
  • The rear wheel rims were originally standard plated, not painted, as you can see rust forming on this one.
  • The second picture is simply of a Cub being painted on the production line. Again, this is to emphasize that everything not removed or masked off received a coat of red paint at the factory.

WHI 24288.jpg
WHI #24288

WHI 24297.jpg
WHI #24297

The following pictures were taken from International Harvester advertising literature (Wisconsin Historical Society). Excellent examples of the early Farmall Cub factory paint scheme.

WHI 7932.jpg
WHI #7932

WHI 7930.jpg
WHI #7930

WHI 7781.jpg
WHI #7781

WHI 7853.jpg
WHI #7853

WHI 61238.jpg
WHI #61238

WHI 7931.jpg
WHI #7931

More pictures will be added for the Farmall Cub, Lo-Boy and International Cub in the future.
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