Farmall Super M

Recently, I had the opportunity to purchase a 1953 International Harvester Farmall Super M. The tractor was in a non-running condition. It had a stuck (seized) engine, and was missing a few other components.

Farmall M
Farmall M, purchased by my great-grandparents on my maternal side, shortly after WWII.

Although I am mostly a Deere person (meaning, I prefer to purchase and use John Deere equipment), I have a respect and admiration for all classic pieces of farm history. The Farmall line of tractors is no exception. Although my paternal line was mostly Deere (with the exception of having a few Ford N series machines), my maternal side often had Farmall tractors. The tractor posted here, left, is a Farmall M that was purchased by my great-grandparents on my mothers side. Farmall tractors were also very popular in the valley, although I believe my particular town was mostly Deere.

My great grandfather with others from town, helping move a building. The JD is a 1940 Model A, and the other two are Farmall Model H.

 

 

The other thing I enjoy about restoring these old machines is seeing them come back to life again. One of the most enjoyable moments is having that first fire. Although it took a while to fine tune its running, I was able to learn a great deal and believe I have it running well now.

Here are a few videos I put together of the restore of the tractor, along with taking it out and letting it stretch her legs for a bit.

 

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