The International Harvester Company (often abbreviated by IHC or IH, or simply International (colloq.)) was an American manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment, automobiles, commercial trucks, lawn and garden products, household equipment, and more. It was formed from the 1902 merger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company and three smaller manufactures: Milwaukee; Plano; and Warder, Bushnell, and Glessner (manufacturers of Champion brand). In the 1980s all divisions were sold off except for International Trucks, which changed its parent company name to Navistar International (NYSE: NAV). Its brands included McCormick, Deering, and later McCormick-Deering, as well as International. Along with the Farmall and Cub Cadet tractors, International was also known for the Scout and Travelall vehicle nameplates.
Given its monumental importance to the building of rural communities the brand continues to have a massive cult following. The International Harvester legacy non-profits host some of the largest agriculture related events in the United States.
Throughout the 1960s, IH introduced new tractors and new sales techniques. As producing tractors was the lifeblood of the company, IH would have to remain competitive in this field. They both succeeded and failed at this goal but farming was about to change. In 1963, IH introduced the 73 hp (54 kW) 706 and 95 hp (71 kW) 806 tractors. In 1964, IH made its four-millionth tractor, an 806. In 1965, IH introduced its first 100 hp (75 kW) two-wheel-drive tractor, the 1206. Another option became available in 1965 for the 706, 806, and the new 1206: a factory-installed cab (made by Stopler Allen Co.), often called the “ice cream box” due to its shape. It could be equipped with a fan and heater. By 1967, over 100,000 models 706, 806, and 1206 were built. The 276 was also built at this time, becoming popular for smaller farms with tighter lanes and fields due to its lighter weight.
We will be getting this tractor up and running again with some engine and wiring work. We will also give it a new paint job.
Disassembling the tractor to start diagnosing the engine.
The fuel injectors have been reinstalled.
The fuel tank has been reinstalled on the tractor.
We pulled the PTO to inspect the engine.
We have cleaned out all of the bad oil.
The steps have been installed.
We have removed the filter housing for media blast.
Parts have been media blasted and are about to be sprayed with epoxy.
Epoxy has been sprayed on all the parts in the booth.
The body of the tractor has been media blasted.
The body and rims have been sprayed with epoxy.
The body and rims have been painted Harvester Red.
We have painted some parts Harvester Red.
Breather, radiator shroud, fan, trim pieces, radiator and seat frame have all been painted.
We have the gas tank, parts and grilled in the paint booth waiting to get painted.
The gauges have been installed and have been wired for power.
The painted seat frame has been installed on the tractor.
The Harvester Red painted gas tank is installed.
The grille painted Harvester Red and has been installed.
Transmission cooler lines, radiator, radiator hoses, fan shroud, overflow have all been installed.