Before ( Aug. 1, 2004)
After (April 14, 2005)
My 1942 IHC Farmall H (SN 109840)
This is my 1942 Farmall "H", that I purchased for $400.00 in August 2004, prior to restoration. It was sitting
outside and had not run for several years. It was complete, but the pistons were stuck. This was my first
farm tractor and my first restoration attempt.
Click on the thumbnail images below to see a larger version of the respective image.
These are pictures of the tractor after it was pulled out of the weeds and prior to arrival at my home /
workshop. Photos of the tractor before it was moved, as well as photos of the towing process are coming
Transport & Arrival
Disassembly & Diagnosis of Engine Problem
The oil was drained into a large glass container to determine if water was present in the oil. No water was
found in the oil. The radiator was also drained, and the water was green with ethylene glycol. Then the
grill, steering shaft, radiator shutters, radiator, generator, exhaust manifold, water pump & fan assembly,
and valve cover came off the tractor. The exhaust manifold (3rd image from left) is broken and heavily
rusted. Removal of the head reveals three relatively clean pistons / sleeves and one heavily rusted
piston / sleeve. Notice how the rust pattern suggests leakage of water from the head. Examination of the
head shows rust over the rusty piston. The other exhaust valve ports show carbon but no rust. In all
likelihood, the engine stuck not because of a cracked block or head (as was assumed by the previous
owner), but because water leaked into an open exhaust valve via the cracked and deteriorated exhaust
manifold. The pistons were unstuck by removing the oil pan, disconnecting pistons 1 and 4 (both stuck)
from the crankshaft and tapping the pistons with a piece of wood and a hammer.
Sheet Metal Restoration
Transformation from rusty metal to glossy paint was accomplished by disassembly, sandblasting, and
power sanding. The correct decals for the 1942 "H' read "McCormick-Deering Farmall". The "Deering"
was later dropped. This set of decals was purchased from a vendor at the Buckley Old Engine show in
Buckley, Michigan. The entire set, including caution decals, etc., was $22.00.
Frame & Wheel Restoration
1942 Farmall H
"From fence row to tractor show..." The Hillsdale County Independence Day