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Right on Point Tachometer

Note, the replaced tachometer, both in the run and in the off position. It looks just as it should. Everything I’ve done was cosmetic. The tractor itself was mechanically sound and all the “pretty stuff” was purchased from Steiner’s. It looks good for a first time restoration job. My painter, who pushed me to get all the parts said it looked like a Steiner warehouse blew up and lit on it. Not to imply that I am in the same league as your usual restorers, but for me I think it looks great!

Thank you again for all the help from your customer service people.

Dan Sheehan
Monroeville, Indiana

Steering Sector Kit


Our new and improved custom built steering kit for the Farmall A – 140 now includes woodruff keys in addition to the bearings, seals, bushings and the gear housing gasket. Assembled in Michigan, our kit includes an OEM 41096DBR steering worm bushing along with a made in the USA housing gasket. The addition of the woodruff keys completes a very handy and well thought out kit! Order number is IHS1800

International – Fits: A, AV, Super A, Super A-1, Super AV, Super AV-1, 100, 130, 140; Replaces: 1981225C1, 261733, 2099680, 358775R91, 358782R91, 358812R91, 358815R91, 382229R91, 382229R91, 382230R91, 41096DBR, 47675D, 47676DR, 47703D, 48956D, 85652H, R39667, ST287, ST288

Our exclusive 11 piece kit includes:

  • Steering worm shaft bushing 46767DR (IHS1776)
  • Steering worm bushing 41096DBR
  • Steering worm shaft bearing ST288
  • Steering worm bearing ST287
  • Steering gear housing gasket 47675D
  • Steering worm oil seal 47703D (ABC1628)
  • Steering worm wheel shaft oil seal 48956D (IHS1532)
  • Woodruff keys (2) 117989 #31
  • Woodruff key 124553 #19
  • Woodruff key #15 1/4″ X 1″

Bushings must be honed (reamed) to size when installed.

Farmall Super MVTA Restoration

Here’s a restoration project to drool over – a very rare Farmall Super M-VTA, restored to perfection by Eric Shuster of Moweaqua, Illinois.


As far as I can tell, this tractor is one of just 44 built to these specifications. While the Farmall M is an incredibly popular tractor, this variation was very specialized. Here’s the breakdown:

Start with your standard Farmall M – an iconic American tractor, tens of thousands manufactured over the years.

After 14 years of production, Farmall added the “Super” designation in 1952 – essentially the same tractor, but with slightly larger engines and hydraulics as standard equipment.

After 2 years, Farmall further tweaked the design by adding a Torque-Amplifier (the TA in the model designation). The  Super M-TA was built only in 1954, with production ending in October of that year.


A Super M-TA is rare enough to be noticeable – but a high clearance really  sets this particular model apart. Only 64 Super M-VTA tractors were built. Out of those 64 tractors, 44 of them used gasoline. This tractor is one of those 44 gasoline-burning Super M-VTAs built.

Based on the serial number and information from the IH Archives, we believe this tractor was built in the last month of production, October of 1954. Our best guess is that this was the 2nd to last Super M-VTA (gas) ever built.

Not much is known about this tractor’s path from the factory to restoration. We suspect it was a southern tractor, used in farming tobacco or cotton. By the time it was picked up for restoration, it was in rough shape.


The hardest part of the restoration project was the hood – it arrived at the shop without one. Because this particular model’s hood was longer than the standard, it was hard to locate a restorable hood for this model. Eric located one but it was in rough shape. More than 50 hours of work went into this piece of sheet metal alone – and it looks great! If you didn’t know the story, you’d never suspect the hood ever had any repairs.


With so few tractors like this made, information on the correct details is hard to come by – and parts are even harder to find. Experts at the IH Archives and the Red Power Magazine helped with research. By the time he was through, Eric had completed an incredibly detailed restoration – right down to the original hardware, radiator shutters, wiring harness, fuel line, manifold cover, and correct tires. Eric had help in this restoration from the tractor’s previous owner, Dale Smith of OEM parts, who had started the restoration process and custom fabricated many of the parts before he passed away.


As you can see from the pictures, the crowning glory of this restoration job is the perfect paint. Shuster’s Tractor Restoration really outdid themselves on this project, using 11 gallons of Iron Guard 2150 paint.

What a beauty! This tractor will be on display and offered for sale at the Mecum Gone Farmin’ Auction in Davenport, IA in just a few weeks. Thanks, Eric, for sharing your story with us – well done!



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Get the job done



Our premium carburetor kits for the IH/Farmall tractors are now available. The IHS3164 (H, I4, O4, W4), IHS3319, IHS3323 (M, 6 series), IHS3328 (Super H, Super W4), IHS3332 (Super M, Super W6) include most internal components for repair including the graphite packing. The float is not included. Get your kit today! View details >>

Mysteries Revealed – Farmall v. International Tractors

What’s the difference between a Farmall and an International tractor?

Yes-Photo_74_guywhalen00@gmail.comThe short answer is – not much. The International Harvester Company used a handful of different brand names for its tractors, like “McCormick,” “McCormick-Deering,” “International,” and “Farmall.” Very similar tractors were sold under these names at the same time – sort of like the relationship between a Lincoln Navigator and a Ford Expedition. Often there’s a good, understandable reason for the name of a specific model tractor – and sometimes, the factory just put on whatever nameplate or decal they had leftover. 

The longer answer – and some of the reasons behind IHC’s tractor naming policies – starts with a history lesson.

The International Harvester Company was born on August 12, 1902 when McCormick, Deering, and three smaller companies merged. The resulting company was massive – it controlled 90% of the grain binder production and 80% of mower production in the United States.

Early tractors produced by the company had names you might recognize, like “Mogul” and “Titan.” Others used a combination of a company name and a number, like the International 8-16 or the McCormick Deering 10-20.

Things really took off for the company in 1924, when the first Farmall tractor was sold to the public. Originally, Farmall was simply a model name for a tractor that could do all the jobs on a farm – get it? The Farmall was a row-crop tractor, capable of cultivating in between the rows of growing crops. The ability to cultivate crops was the key selling point for many farmers, making the tractor a viable alternative to horses.

By 1931, the name had stuck. International began to use the name “Farmall” to describe other row-crop tractors as well, including the F-30. The next year, the F-20 was introduced – also with the name “Farmall” emblazoned on the hood. When the letter series was introduced, the company’s division between Farmall- and International-branded tractors became clear. Row-crop tractors were designated Farmall, while utility (IHC called them “standard”), wheatland, and industrial tractors received alternate model names and numbers.

For standard tractors, the hood often read “McCormick-Deering Standard,” or “McCormick Standard,” depending on the date (Deering was dropped from the name midway through 1949). Industrial tractors were labeled “International,” although some early models may have the McCormick-Deering nameplate.

So, for example – the Farmall H is a sister tractor to a McCormick-Deering Standard W-4 (utility version) and an International I-4 (industrial version).

This same distinction was continued in the 50s, with the introduction of the hundred series tractors. The Farmall and International versions of the same tractor took on even more similarities – in many cases, the only differences were in the axles/tires and the name on the hood. As far as I know, tractors from this point on were no longer branded with just the name “McCormick,” except in Germany (but that’s a different story).

Things changed when herbicidal weed control gained popularity. Farmers no longer needed to cultivate their crops in the traditional manner – instead, they demanded more power.

IHC made tractors with either configuration (with the appropriate name on the hood) during this transition. For example – the 340 could be purchased as either a Farmall row-crop tractor or an International ‘Utility’ tractor.

The distinction started to blur, though, as tractors became larger and more powerful. The “06” series of tractors were some of the last that could be purchased with the name “Farmall” prominent on the hood. IHC moved towards using a large “International” nameplate on the hoods of all their tractors, with the (much smaller) “Farmall” designator added just above the model number. The 06 series up used the International side emblem on the standard tread ‘Wheatland’ tractors and also started using it on the 826 up Row Crop  tractors. IHC officially ended use of the name Farmall in 1973, but it took two years (until 1975) until existing stock of nameplates were used up and the transition was final.
These are the general rules, but there’s plenty of odd exceptions. If you are restoring an old IHC tractor – particularly an unusual one – and want to be sure you get the name on the hood right, I highly recommend Guy Fay and Andy Kraushaar’s “Originality Guide” series, which gives highly detailed information on specific models and their factory decal specifications.

The Triple A Farmall

Here’s a neat find – a Triple A Farmall, custom fabricated by Buddy Woodson from Eagleville, Tenessee.

I caught up with Buddy at the Red Power Round-Up in Missouri and got the inside scoop on how his AAA works.
You can run the tractor with just one engine or all three. If Buddy starts just one engine, he puts that engine’s transmission in gear and the other two in neutral. If all three engines are running, then he puts all three transmissions in the same gear.
Buddy drives the tractor from the center seat, which has three pedals. One pedal controls the center tractor’s clutch. The next petal controls the other two tractor’s clutch plates – this allows him to drive the tractor with all three transmissions engaged (and change gears). The third petal controls all of the brakes (because this is a show tractor, Buddy goes without turning brakes). All the other pedals on the tractor are dummies.
The tractor shares one electrical system and one battery. The center tractor’s dash contains a start/kill switch for each engine and a choke lever for each engine as well.
Thanks for sharing, Buddy!

InFrame Overhaul on an International

In Frame Overhaul Video



Does your tractor’s engine hiss or do you have water in the engine oil? These are all signs that you need to replace your head gasket. Watch this free instructional video demonstrating a head gasket replacement turned inframe engine rebuild on an International 756. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel takes you step by step to disassemble the tractor and install new sleeves, pistons, rings, rods, head gasket and more. Tips will be shared that will ease your next engine overhaul. Start watching today >>

Repair the Wobbly Steering on your Farmall

Steering Repair Video

Does your 75 year old IH/Farmall M, Super M, MTA, 400, 450 have excessive play in the steering? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating the installation of a new steering shaft and more on a Farmall M. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel Gingell shows you helpful tips when removing and installing a new shaft, gear, bearing and joint. Start watching today!

On the Road with Rachel: Mecum Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction

I’ve just returned home from a weekend at the Mecum Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction in Davenport, Iowa. What a blast! Suzette Thomas and I represented Steiner Tractor Parts at the auction on Saturday. We got to meet many of you and make some new friends, too. The Mecum auction is one of the better rare tractor auctions in the country, filled with jaw-dropping finds from all around. Here are some of my favorites from the sale:

MM G706 LP

1962 MM G706 LP with front wheel assist. Here’s a picture with the proud new owners, Everett and Diane Hauert. They have a collection of front wheel assist tractors. While their collection is mostly red (IH), they are certainly excited to welcome this prairie-gold beauty to their collection.


IH 1588

This 1974 International 1568 caught my eye as soon as we got on the grounds. How could anyone not notice!? This tractor has a rare V-8 engine and was one of just 862 built. This tractor sold for $36,000 plus the 4% buyer’s premium.


John Deere

This John Deere 4520 drew plenty of attention, too. Notice that it has an adjustable front end and a standard wide-swing drawbar. It is a fabulous tractor with the power steering, dual front stacked weights, side council and dual hydraulics. This tractor also has a rockshaft delete (no 3 point hitch). On Saturday, this tractor sold for $25,000 plus a 4% buyer’s premium.


Case high clearance

Up next on my list is this 1957 Case 400 Super diesel high clearance. This tractor was one of eight built, making it the lowest production tractor at the auction. This tractor sold for $26,000 plus 4% buyer’s premium to a Case collector in Iowa. He, of course, was excited about his purchase.


John Deere 4040 Vegtable

Arguably one of the most rare (and desirable!) tractors at the auction was this John Deere 4040 tractor with a factory convertible front axle. This tractor sold for $24,500 plus 4% buyer’s premium. I forgot to take my own picture at the sale – thanks, Mecum, for lending me yours!



photoAt the Steiner table we handed out catalogs, our new mini-catalog and Wrenching with Rachel DVDs.  We also held a drawing for a free t-shirt every 15 minutes. I enjoyed meeting many of the Steiner customers and people who watch our tractor repair video series and follow this blog.

If you missed us at this show, don’t worry – there’s a full season ahead! Up next on our calendar is the Gone Farmin’ Nashville 2nd Annual Country Classic Tractor Auction, June 5-6. I hope to see you there!


How about you – what tractor events (auctions, shows, etc.) are you looking forward to this season? Let me know in the comments below.