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A youngster in the family (still in highschool) has a new project. He bought 2 Farmall M series tractors. He hopes to restore one of them, using the other for parts. One has 2 row planters and cultivators, the other a 2 row corn picker. Anyone know of a great farmall forum?
 

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I'd love to have all the time back that I spent in the seat of a Farmall M! It was nearly the death of me more than once.

Dad bought his new in 1941 when he began farming with his dad, and it was the only tractor he owned until he stopped farming in 1968. It was a reliable tractor, but pretty much useless except for light pulling and bucking hay with a FarmHand loader.

Looks like both of them have suffered the same fate as dad's...the mufflers are gone. They seemed to rust and blow out twice as fast as any of the other tractors my granddad and uncle owned.
It might have been their location, as I recall them glowing red when running hard.

Sorry, I can't help you with a forum.
 

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Those are some good finds!!

It might have been their location, as I recall them glowing red when running hard..
I remember those days!
Though, if the muffler glows red a lot, you usually need more ignition advance.

There was always a lot of "free" HP in the M series if you knew how to tweak one. I know of some nearly-stock M's that put out over 60 HP on the dyno, and some Super M's getting close to 70 HP.

H = Handy
M= Macho!

Sorry, I can't help you with a forum.
I visit all of these fairly often:

http://www.yesterdaystractors.com/

http://www.mytractorforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=33

http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=178&sid=a8385557e3df80622e1f9beea5d788d1

http://www.tractorforum.com/f192/

http://www.antiquefarmalltractors.org/forums/index.php

http://www.binderplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41644

http://www.ssbtractor.com/wwwboard/Farmall_tractors.html

www.farmall-h.com
 

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Thanks LincTex! With all the forums listed by you and tirediron I think the boy will find a solution to any problem he encounters.! :)
 

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This is our M. It was bought new in 1950 by my grandparents and we've had it ever since. It's a 1949 tractor. Of all our tractors, this one is my wife's favorite. It's at a neighbor's place having some motor work done and as a surprise to my wife, we're going to paint it.

I have literally been around this tractor all of my life.
 

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One nice thing about these tractors, Cotton, is that for as old as they are there are still plenty of parts available. They are still in common use as working machines and parts are readily available and reasonably priced. They couldn't be any easier to work on either. If you're curious about the year of manufacture, find the serial number plate on the left side of the bell housing. Assuming everything is original to those tractors, this chart will give you the year your boy's tractors were made: https://www.tractorpart.com/farmall_tractor_serial_number.htm . The chart gives you the first S/N for a given year. When you find your S/N, whichever starting serial numbers your tractors fall between is the year of manufacture.

Have fun, stock up on WD-40, and give your son an atta boy for his interest in these fantastic machines.
 

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This is our M. It was bought new in 1950 by my grandparents and we've had it ever since. It's a 1949 tractor. I have literally been around this tractor all of my life.
Our M was a 1950 model.
When dad quit farming, it was the **ONE** piece of equipment I didn't want to see go up for auction.

I have one now, a '50 or '51? (I need to check serial again). It's froze up and I haven't had the head off yet to see how bad the damage is.

The price was awesome: "Haul it off, get it outta here"!

It has power steering added. I see the PS kits selling on ebay for near $500 alone.
 

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Any progress reports?

I have a "new to me" 1950 "M" with aftermarket power steering.
I can sell the P.S. set-up for 3x as much as I paid for the whole tractor!

I need to pull the head off and see how bad it looks inside - rain water got in it :(
 

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Not so much. The youngster got the planters off the “parts” tractor. He’s been helping his dad with the barn in the background of the 3rd photo. When I stopped by the other day they had the walls and roof framed but no tin on the roof as yet.
 

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I stopped down to look at our M yesterday. It looks brand new. It's now painted, has operating lights, decals, and runs like a top. I took an alternator and a replacement hillside hitch down to be put on the tractor and the back end/ drawbar/ rear right rim still needs painted. The neighbor says it will be done in around a week. It's beautiful. He did an excellent job. He took his time and fixed everything wrong with it that he could see. Little details are what made this so nice- things like putting a knob back on the end of the gearshift and the like.

My wife loves this tractor and knows that it's being worked on. She does NOT know that we're having it restored. When she walks into the garage and sees it it's going to be like one of those TV shows where people are given their dream car.
 

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So here's the end result:
 

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What's the other tractor in the 2nd picture?

A 450 diesel? (muffler on right side of hood, not left)
 

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My wife loves this tractor and knows that it's being worked on. She does NOT know that we're having it restored. When she walks into the garage and sees it it's going to be like one of those TV shows where people are given their dream car.
Lucky You.
My wife has no love for tractors - yet.

Still workin' on her...
 

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Nice looking tractor Jason. Wish I could take her for a spin! :)
 

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Yes, Linc. That's a 450D that we bought last fall. It's got a few leaks but it's mechanically sound and seems to be a good tractor so far. We got it at a dealership and I don't know the tractor's history. As you probably already know, it starts on gas and you switch over to Diesel after it's warmed up. I had them both together to get some pictures.
 

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Here's the 450 Diesel:
 

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A nice, clean 450 Diesel is one of the few tractors I'd go into hock for :D
 
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