After I finished painting it, it was loaded up and hauled to Texas, then it was hauled back to Oklahoma, and after it started having some trouble with the steering, it was hauled back to the farm so we could work on it once again.
I'd really hate to do something like restore tractors for a living, because I'm never entirely sure how something like a paint job or mechanical work on something that's 50-60 years old will hold up, but I was surprised at how good the paint job still looked. I was worried that another "quick" job was going to turn into a long drawn out job but instead it was a relatively simple matter to fix the steering problem (a rare event a lot of the time).
Since I didn't take any photos of the tractor back when I first painted it, I decided to take a few photos because I doubt if I'll see this tractor again and I also wanted a few photos of the the home-built front bumper in case I ever want to build something similar for another tractor. Plus, old tractors are kind of cool to look at sometimes and I thought there might be a chance that someone else might be interested.
When I was painting this tractor, it took a while to figure out the possible color scheme that this tractor was originally painted to, so I thought it might be helpful to someone else if they were trying to figure out how to paint their tractor if I posted the photos (although there are about a dozen different paint schemes, so maybe it won't help someone else out that much after all).
|IH 300 Utility LP engine, (ignore that plastic bag covering the seat)|
|Home-built front bumper|
|There should be an IH emblem on the hood|
|Ignore all the stuff parked behind the tractor|
|Keep ignoring all that stuff behind it|
|International Harvester's Fast-Hitch system|
It has somewhere around 40hp and could pull about a three bottom plow, so it might have been a decent-sized all-around tractor for a small farm in the mid-50's. I'd hate to farm a couple of hundred acres with it, but it would be interesting to play with it by plowing a few acres once in a while.