- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Motorbooks Intl (February 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760302324
- ISBN-13: 978-0760302323
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,265,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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International Harvester Experimental and Prototype Tractors Paperback – February, 1997
Top Customer Reviews
Parts of the book took a long time to read, since (for me, at least) it can be hard to digest the details about the really early tractors. Titan 10-20s, Mogul 10-20s, Mogul 8-16s, International 8-16s...I don't have any experience with the real antiques like that, and so it's hard for me to keep them straight when I'm reading about them. Guy's text is well-written; there's just a lot of detail there.
The chapters about the newer stuff, like the Letter Series Farmalls, were easier--still had lots of good detail, but there I had some frame of reference. Lots of really interesting photos of the many prototypes and predecessors to the H and M--some really beautiful tractors, and some, as Guy says in one caption, "plug ugly" ones. (Plus a simply terrific full-color cover photo of an experimental Super M).
There's also some neat stuff about the patent-infringement concerns IH and Allis had, concerning the Allis B (which was first, and patented) and the Farmall A (which was second). Great reading--really added some depth and understanding to the story.
I did have one disappointment: In the chapter on post-WWII development, Guy has a section titled "The Great Transmission Chase," which begins, "The mid-1950s saw an enormous amount of IH farm tractor engineer attention going into transmissions and draft control.Read more ›