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McCormick Farmall 230 1957
McCormick Farmall 230 tricycle, 1957
Model history
Model introduced 1956
Model discontinued 1958
Model status Discontinued
No. produced 7,172
Preceded by Farmall 200
Superseded by Farmall 240
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Engine model C-123
Fuel type gasoline
Power hp 28 pto, 25 drawbar
Governed rpm 1800
Displacement cu in /(litre) 123 ci
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 3.125"
Stroke in (mm) 4"
Cooling system water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type sliding gear
Gearbox make International
Forward 4
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category 2-point "Fast Hitch"
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 5.00-15 4-ply
Rear 11.2-36 4-ply
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 123"
Width (inches/meters) 81"
Height (inches/meters) 75"
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 3100 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 15 ft
Wheelbase 82"
Other info
Factories Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Plow rating 2-14"
Nebraska Tests No. 616
Approximate Cost new in (year) $2140 (1958)
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The Farmall 230 was built by International Harvester from 1956 to 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: International Harvester

The Farmall 230 was basically a restyled 200. An increase in governed rpm from 1,650 to 1,800 and an increase in the compression ratio gave the 230 four additional hp, up to 28 belt and 25 drawbar hp.

Tractor Comparison Edit

Competitors for the Farmall 230 from 1956-1958 were the Allis-Chalmers CA, Cockshutt 20, John Deere 420, Massey-Harris Colt, and Minneapolis-Moline BF. The Case 311 and Oliver Super 66 were more powerful than the Farmall and cost more.

Make & model Pto hp Weight (lb) Price ($)
Farmall 230 28 3100 2140 (1958)
Allis-Chalmers CA 25 2835 1900 (1958)
Case 311 32 3260 2550 (1957)
Cockshutt 20 29 2795 2100 (1958)
John Deere 420 Tricycle 29 3208 2090 (1958)
Massey-Harris Colt 25 2550 1704 (1957)
Minneapolis-Moline BF 27 2803 1700 (1953)
Oliver Super 66 33 2945 2720 (1958)
McCormick Farmall 240 31 3340 2670 (1962)

Note: Some specifications and prices for comparison tables from [1] and [2]

Timeline Edit

Factory locations Edit

  • Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Louisville Works, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Specification Edit

See Infobox for basic details

  • 4-cylinder gasoline engine
  • 4-speed transmission
  • Dual front wheels
  • Electric starter and lights
  • "Hydra-Touch" hydraulics
  • 2-point "Fast Hitch" with traction control
  • Pto
  • Standard tires
    • Front: 5.00-15 4-ply dual
    • Rear: 11.2-36 4-ply

Variations and Options Edit

  • Single front wheel
  • Adjustable front axle
  • "Hydra-Creeper" slow-speed attachment
  • Belt pulley
  • Optional tires
    • Front: 4.00-15 dual, 4.00-19 with adjustable axle, 6.00-12, 6.50-16, or 7.50-10 single, all 4-ply
    • Rear: 9-36, 9-42 4-ply, 11.2-36 6-ply, 12.4-36 4-ply

Serial Numbers Information Edit

Year Serial no. run
start[3]
Serial no. run
End[3]
Number Built Notes
1956 501 814 314 Production calculated from serial no. range
1957 815 6826 6012
1958 6827 7671 845
Total built 7172

Preservation Edit

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References / Sources Edit

  1. Hall, Mike, Ed., The Official Tractor Blue Book 2010, Price Digests, Overland Park, Kansas, 2009
  2. Larsen, Lester, “Farm Tractors 1950-1975”, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1981
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Implement & Tractor Red Book Issue 1967", p.A-181

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