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McCormick Farmall 240 1958
McCormick Farmall 240 tricycle, 1958
Model history
Model introduced 1958
Model discontinued 1961
Model status Discontinued
No. produced 3,624
Preceded by Farmall 230
Superseded by Farmall 404
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Engine model C-123
Fuel type gasoline
Power hp 40 engine, 31 belt, 28 drawbar
Governed rpm 2000
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 3-point "Fast Hitch"
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 5.00-15 4-ply
Rear 11.2-36 4-ply
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 120 in
Width (inches/meters) 80 in
Height (inches/meters) 64"
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 3340 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 15 ft
Wheelbase 82"
Other info
Factories Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Plow rating 2-3
Nebraska Tests No. 667
Approximate Cost new in (year) $2670 (1962)
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The Farmall 240 was built by International Harvester from 1958 to 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: International Harvester

The Farmall 240 replaced the Farmall 230. The 240 was completely restyled with a new squared-off, forward-leaning, 4-crossbar grille and white paint wrapping around the sides of the grille and along the sides of the engine compartment. A redesigned chassis featured a centered steering wheel, replacing the offset wheel and outside-left steering rods of the 230. The driver position was moved forward of the rear axle and lowered, so that the feet straddled the chassis. The 240 was 240 lb heavier than the 230. A slight increase in the compression ratio and an increase in governed speed from 1800 to 2000 rpm boosted the power output to 31 pto and 28 drawbar hp, enough to make the 240 a 2-3 plow tractor.

Tractor Comparison Edit

International Harvester began 1958 with the Farmall 230 aimed at the small row-crop market but with a power output near the lower end of the group. In mid-year the Farmall 240 replaced the 230 and, with slightly more power, competed better with the Allis-Chalmers D-12, Case 211B, Ford 741, John Deere 430, and Minneapolis-Moline 335. The Oliver 660 was larger, more powerful, and more expensive, as was the later John Deere 1010. With the whole class moving up in power, International Harvester replaced the Farmall 240 with the larger-engined Farmall 404 in 1962.

Make & model Pto hp Weight (lb) Price ($)
McCormick Farmall 240 31 3340 2670 (1962)
Allis-Chalmers D-12 29 2800 2766 (1961)
Case 211B 31 2958 2500 (1959)
Case 441 33 2990 2940 (1961)
Ford 741 34 3291 2670 (1962)
John Deere 430 Tricycle 29 3000 2500 (1960)
John Deere 1010 36 3865 3360 (1965)
Minneapolis-Moline 335 33 3485 2500 (1959)
Oliver 660 40 4047 3265 (1964)
McCormick Farmall 404 37 3400 2960 (1962)

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

Timeline Edit

  • 1958 - McCormick Farmall 240 replaced McCormick Farmall 230
  • 1961 - McCormick Farmall 404 replaced McCormick Farmall 240

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
  • hydraulic system with "Tel-A-Depth" depth control
  • 2-point "Fast Hitch" with traction control
  • 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
  • Power adjusted rear wheels
  • "Hydra-Creeper" slow-speed attachment
  • "Hydra Touch" hydraulics
  • 3-point "Fast Hitch" with traction control
  • Pto
  • Belt pulley
  • Optional tires
    • Front: 4.00-15 or 4.00-19 4-ply, 6.00-12 4-ply single, 6.50-16 or 7.50-10 6-ply single; 5.50-16 or 6.00-16 4-ply (1959)
    • Rear: 9-36 or 12.4-36 4-ply

Serial Numbers Information Edit

Year Serial no. run
start[3]
Serial no. run
End[3]
Number Built Notes
1958 501 1776 1276
1959 1777 3414 1638
1960 3415 3988 574
1961 3989 4124 573
Total built 3624

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References / Sources Edit

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  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 1966", p.B-196

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