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combinekid
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:14 pm    Post subject: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The other day I found this cool old TD 40 crawler sitting way up high on the edge of a ridge in the Eastern WA Paluse country. It looks like its been there quite a while. The engine does not turn (at least with the crank) so its prob stuck. I"ve done a bit o research and seems as though the TD 40 was IH"s first diesel I really like crawlers and the start on gas run on diesel concept of this tractor really sounds interesting. I am near compleation of my current project (Case LA) and kinda thought this crawler looked like a cool project sounds like they weigh about 12000lbs which is not a prob for me as far as hauling but do these things freeze into unmovable lumps? getting this thing down off the ridge looks like it could be interesting. How much are they worth restored? Unrestored? Parts availality? The serial # is TCC6512 can anybody tell me from that when it was made? Thanks for all the help!


 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:37 am    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

looks like from the late thirties, she's a beauty, rare now too, worth saving and restoring, were you able to buy it? is there a serial # tag ?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That looks like a very clean original crawler which would be a great save.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is a 1937 TD-40, being the 4th. crawler built in December of 1936. IH started their fiscal year in November much like car companies do today. If you can get it for the hauling away go for it. Parts are not cheap and will be a challenge to find but it looks like a restorable unit. They are very heavy, and for that reason you don't see them at shows very often. Many more of these out west that here in the midwest.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No I have not tried to buy it yet. I actually have know idea who owns it. It was just sitting clear up on a ridge ski lineing itself and I happen to see it as I was driving by and stopped to check it out. Do crawlers often freeze up to where you cant pull them in neutral? Seems as though they could be a real bear to load if this were the case. Thanks for all the replys I think I might actully know of were about two more of these are as they were fairly common here in the eastern WA wheat country along with old Cats and hillside combines. It did have a serial # tag the serial # is TCC6512
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote


TD40s were very common in the Palouse area.

Several things can hinder moving an old crawler. Tracks might rust solid if they aren't worn enough. (Not all that likely in this case.) Brakes might be stuck to drums (much much higher probability) and that generally means it isn't moving at all. The next biggest problem is steering clutches may be stuck and it won't turn, which is nearly as bad as stuck brakes. At least steering clutches are fairly easy to access on a TD40.

The engine is 461 cubes, and shares some parts (not many) with the TD14. Many were re-powered with a TD14 engine.

A word of warning, repairing crawler undercarriage makes restoring an old tractor seem like a breeze. Everything requires mechanical assistance to lift it. The engine in my TD18s weigh more than my Super C. And parts cost way more, and there are a lot of parts that wear.

Let us know what transpires Smile
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had two of them....traded both off after staring at them for 10 years. Big project to restore and weigh 10,000 pounds plus to haul.
Grab your rear with both hands and run!!!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:35 am    Post subject: Re: International TD 40 crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Did you buy the TD40? Would you consider selling it? I am especially interested in the engine, but possibly then entire thing.

Thomas Clark
 
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