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Classic Farmall Tractors: History, Models, Variations & Specifications 1922-1975 (Tractor Legacy Series)

From the first tractor built in 1924 to the last Farmall model to roll off the line, this richly illustrated history tells the full story of Farmall tractors and fills in a key chapter of American agricultural  history. The engaging text by Kenneth Updike, a historian on International Harvester, is accompanied by modern and vintage color photography, as well as black and white images from Farmall’s early days.  Farmer, mechanic, tractor enthusiast:  whatever your interest in this American icon, you will find a captivating account of its manufacture under the beloved Farmall brand.

Series: Tractor Legacy Series

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (September 30, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0760331952

ISBN-13: 978-0760331958

Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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An excellent history of Farmall tractors, from longtime IH guy Ken Updike. Lots of concise technical information about each model tractor, richly illustrated with high-quality vintage color and black and white photos from the factories, farm fields, and dealerships where these tractors were built, tested, and sold. My one gripe concerns coverage of the final-drive problems encountered on the Farmall 460 and 560: The author sets the stage at the start of the chapter by writing "...the drivetrain on the 460 and 560 was maxed out in the Hundred and Fifty Series tractors. Adding more horsepower to this drivetrain could be a recipe for disaster, and it was." But the issue is never mentioned again, except as a side note in a paragraph about the Brass Tacks sales demonstrator program: "IH actually ran the Brass Tacks Demo program twice on the 40 and 60 Series. The first run was in 1958 and 1959. This program was probably terminated early on due to rear axle and final drive issues in the 460s and 560s. Once this was resolved, the program ran again in 1961." Given the damage those failures did to the Farmall reputation just as John Deere was about to introduce the 3010 and 4010, I would have been interested in more technical detail about the problems and the modifications IH put in place to fix them.

Great book.. Lots of information. Good amount of pics.

This volume is filled with vital and interesting information of the "golden age" of Farmall tractos. I have been a student of Farmall for a number of years, and yet learned much new information -- sometimes on models not included in other books on Farmalls.It is a book well worth the money, filled with great photos and information.

This is another great book from IH author and historian Ken Updike. I found the text engaging and informative without being overly dry which is easy to do. There are also lots of pictures and ads, almost all are vintage and many are in color, used throughout. Overall I'd highly recommend this book to anybody interested in IH.

Great book with a lot of info and pictures

I restore antique tractors and thoroughly enjoy reading this book. The photos are beautiful, too. I recommend this to all lovers of Farmalls.

An extremely informative and enjoyable read with a picture collection.

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