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Farmall M, Super M, 400, 450 & 560 Tractors, 1939-1963
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Rodney51Cub
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Posts: 515
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:06 pm
Zip Code: 62995
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1950 John Deere A
1949 Farmall Cub
1943 Farmall H
1940 Farmall H
1953 Farmall Super M
1962 Massey Ferguson 65
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Southern Illinois

Next Project

Postby Rodney51Cub » Mon Jan 08, 2024 9:26 pm

Purchased a 1953 Farmall Super M from a cousin. It was her dads tractor. She has driven one of my tractors in the local parade for the last four years. I thought it would be good if she could drive her dads tractor so I bought it and hope to have it ready for the parade in October. Going to need a lot of work. I have another set of front and rear tires and rims already so mainly engine work and paint.

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USAF 1976 - 1996

Rodney51Cub
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 515
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:06 pm
Zip Code: 62995
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1950 John Deere A
1949 Farmall Cub
1943 Farmall H
1940 Farmall H
1953 Farmall Super M
1962 Massey Ferguson 65
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Southern Illinois

Re: Next Project

Postby Rodney51Cub » Fri Feb 02, 2024 6:02 pm

Finally got the Super M in the shop after spending to long on the transmission on my 43 H. Started draining fluids. Engine is stuck but no water in engine oil. There was water in the transmission though. Will have to pull top plate an check it out. It had good looking antifreeze in the radiator so hopefully no freeze damage to the engine or radiator. Clutch is stuck and exhaust manifold will have to be replaced. Will need to replace gas tank, it is beyond saving. Going to need one rear rim. Hope to have it ready for the parade in October, good thing I am retired.

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USAF 1976 - 1996

Rodney51Cub
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 515
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:06 pm
Zip Code: 62995
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1950 John Deere A
1949 Farmall Cub
1943 Farmall H
1940 Farmall H
1953 Farmall Super M
1962 Massey Ferguson 65
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Southern Illinois

Re: Next Project

Postby Rodney51Cub » Sat Feb 10, 2024 5:21 pm

Got more of the engine apart this week. 2 and 3 pistons are stuck at the bottom of the stroke so I am having trouble getting around the crank to get a straight shot at knocking them loose. I can move the crank a little, 1 and 4 move with the crank. Got all the manifold studs out except one. Broke my stud removal tool so I will have to get another one and try again. In the mean time the stud is getting soaked with P B Blaster.
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USAF 1976 - 1996

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ricky racer
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Posts: 6288
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:40 pm
Zip Code: 49120
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Niles / Buchanan, Michigan

Re: Next Project

Postby ricky racer » Sat Feb 10, 2024 6:23 pm

You've got your work cut out for yourself. It's going to be fun watching your progress.
1929 Farmall Regular
1935 John Deere B
1937 John Deere A
1941 John Deere H
1952 John Deere B
1953 Farmall Cub

Rodney51Cub
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 515
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:06 pm
Zip Code: 62995
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1950 John Deere A
1949 Farmall Cub
1943 Farmall H
1940 Farmall H
1953 Farmall Super M
1962 Massey Ferguson 65
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Southern Illinois

Re: Next Project

Postby Rodney51Cub » Fri Feb 16, 2024 6:02 pm

ThIs tractors name is going to be Frankenstein. I have found date codes from Dec of 52 to Nov of 55. Serial number says it is a 53 depending what you read. I went by the International Harvester Tractor Data Book by Guy Fay. Got the front end and engine removed and only broke one bolt in the front end. Got #2 and 3 sleeves and pistons out. Will pull # 1 and 4 sleeves this weekend. New sleeves, pistons, gaskets and a couple of gauges will be here Monday. Mouse nest and dirt dobber nests in the bell housing. Will have to drop the hydraulic pump to get the rest of the nests out.
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USAF 1976 - 1996

ajhbike
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Posts: 1607
Joined: Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:06 pm
Zip Code: 06405
Tractors Owned: 1957 Cub
1951 Super C
1966 IH 504 Hi-Clear
1968 JD 3020
1949 JD B
1949 Ford 8N
1955 Ferguson TO-35
Location: Branford, CT

Re: Next Project

Postby ajhbike » Sat Feb 17, 2024 8:11 am

Yes...It will be interesting to watch your work..thank you.

Rodney51Cub
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 515
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:06 pm
Zip Code: 62995
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1950 John Deere A
1949 Farmall Cub
1943 Farmall H
1940 Farmall H
1953 Farmall Super M
1962 Massey Ferguson 65
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Southern Illinois

Re: Next Project

Postby Rodney51Cub » Fri Feb 23, 2024 9:59 pm

Went to JP's this week and got a fuel tank, seat, magneto drive adapter and light switch. Removed the old fuel tank and seat and added them to the scrap pile. Removed all the old wiring and switches. It had a solenoid and push button, I will be going back to the original set up of the starter button and push lever. Opened the amp gauge / light switch box and found dirt dobbers and wasp nests, good thing it is February instead of July. Will have to order a water jacket cover, the one that was on it came out in three pieces. Do not figure I will be able to start sand blasting until April but there is still plenty to do and get new parts on order.
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