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McCormick-Deering Farmall H 1941 Tulare
McCormick-Deering Farmall H 1941 at EDGE & TA antique tractor show, Tulare, California 2004
Model history
Model introduced 1939
Model discontinued 1953
Model status Discontinued Discontinued
No. produced 397,421 (includes Farmall H-HV)
Preceded by McCormick-Deering Farmall F-20
Superseded by McCormick Farmall Super H
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Engine model C-152
Fuel type gasoline
Power hp 24 belt, 20 drawbar
Governed rpm 1650
Displacement cu in /(litre) 152 ci
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 3.375 in
Stroke in (mm) 4.25 in
Cooling system water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type sliding gear
Gearbox make International
Forward 5
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category drawbar
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 5.50-16 4-ply
Rear 11-38 4-ply
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 125 in
Width (inches/meters) 76 in
Height (inches/meters) 74 in
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 3335 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 17 ft
Wheelbase 89 in
Other info
Factories Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Plow rating 2-14"
Nebraska Tests No. 333
Approximate Cost new in (year) $962 (1941), $695 on steel wheels (1939), $1955 (1953)
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IH Farmall H sn 236506 - Tricycle at Anglesey 2010 - IMG 2384

Farmall H sn 236506 at the Isle of Anglesey Vintage Rally 2010

The Farmall H was a Row crop tractor built by the International Harvester company from 1939 to 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Model historyEdit

For Company history see
Main article: International Harvester

The new McCormick-Deering Farmall letter-series wheel tractors introduced in 1939 included the Farmall A, Farmall B, Farmall H, and Farmall M. All had beautiful new styling by industrial designer Raymond Leowy and followed the theme set with the TD-18 crawler in 1938 and carried out on all International Harvester tractor models through the late 1950s. The Farmall H was an all new medium-sized (2-plow) row-crop tractor. Its 152 ci ohv 4-cylinder engine running at 1,650 rpm gave about the same amount of power as the the 221 ci 1,200 rpm four of the Farmall F-20 the H replaced. The H also used a new 5-speed transmission vs. the 4-speed of the F-20. Pneumatic tires were fitted to most Hs and very few were built with steel wheels. The H was available with the pneumatic Lift-All system for lifting implements.

When the Farmall H came on the market in mid 1939 its main competition came from the John Deere A. The A had been restyled earlier in the year but the basic tractor dated back to 1934. The Farmall H had a slightly lower power output than the John Deere A when it was running on distillate, but the H was equal when it was running gasoline. The H had a 5-speed transmission instead of the John Deere’s 4-speed. The H sold better than the A. Production for 1940 was 42,184, about 4 times the annual production for the A. The Massey-Harris Challenger, Minneapolis-Moline Z, and Oliver 70 were also comparable the Farmall H but sold in far smaller numbers. The Farmall H had a long production run, from 1939-53, and then it was upgraded to become the Farmall Super H.

Timeline Edit

  • 1939 - McCormick-Deering Farmall H introduced
  • 1946 - name shortened to McCormick Farmall H
  • 1953 - replaced by McCormick Farmall Super H

Factory locations Edit

  • Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Specification Edit

See Infobox for basic details

  • Weight - 3100 lb on steel wheels
  • Standard tires
    • Front: 22.5"x3.5" dual steel (1939); 5.50-16 4-ply (1948)
    • Rear: 51"x6" steel (1939); 10-38 4-ply (1948); 11-38 4-ply (1952)

Variations and Options Edit

  • Electric starting
  • Pneumatic "Lift-All" implement lift system
  • Adjustable front axle
  • Optional tires
    • Front: 5.50-16 or 6.00-16 4 or 6-ply dual; 6.50-16 or 7.50-10 4-ply single (1940); 7.50-16 4-ply single (1941); 6.50-16 or 7.50-10 6-ply single (1950)
    • Rear: 9-38, 10-38, 11-38, 8.25-40, 9.00-40, or 10.00-40 4 or 6-ply; 5-44 or 6-44 4-ply dual (1940; 10.00-36 4 or 6-ply or 11.25-36 6-ply (1941)

Serial Numbers Information Edit

Year Serial no. run
start[1]
Serial no. run
End[1]
Number Built[2] Notes
1939 FBH501 10652 10151 Serial range includes Farmall H-HV
1940 10653 52386 41317 Number built includes Farmall H-HV
1941 52387 93236 40927
1942 93237 122589 34987
1943 122590 150250 21375
1944 150251 186122 37265
1945 186123 214819 28268
1946 214820 241142 25615
1947 241143 268990 28382
1948 268991 300875 32265
1949 300876 327974 27483
1950 327975 351922 24681
1951 351923 375860 24232
1952 375861 390499 16243
1953 390500 391730 1230
Total built 397421

PreservationEdit

A number of examples of this model can be seen in museums and at tractor Shows and Meets in the UK and America.

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List of Preserved Farmall H series tractors
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Make + Model No. Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No. Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
Farmall H DVF 323 sn FBH4141 1939 IH  ? Farmall H sn FBH4141 - DVF 323 at Newark 09 - IMG 6813 At Newark 2009 early version
Farmall H - sn FBH236506  ? IH owner ? IH Farmall H sn 236506 - Tricycle at Anglesey 2010 - IMG 2384 At Isle of Anglesey Vintage Show 2010 fitted with Tricycle option
Farmall HV - Unknown 1952 IH Chris Dart Image needed LHB


Featured in Old Tractor Magazine June 2010 High-clearance - One of only 387 built
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See also Edit

Collection related info
  • Shows and Meets - events featuring tractors and other machinery
  • Clubs Listing - List of clubs including various tractor marques
  • Collections - list of private collections with tractors (add yours)
  • Museums - includes museums featuring tractors (please add missing ones)

References / Sources Edit

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wendel, C. H., 150 Years of International Harvester, Crestline Publishing, Sarasota, Florida, 1981
  2. Klancher, Lee, International Harvester Photographic History, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, 1996


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