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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:07 pm    Post subject: IH McCormick 181 combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This message is a reply to an archived post by mattlf9 on July 27, 2016 at 16:39:43.
The original subject was "IH McCormick 181 combine".

I know this is an old thread, but here is our little history. My dad was a big ih fan because of his father in law. When the opportunity came to farm, his only choice was IH. His first combine was an open air 181 combine. It was later sold to a local farmer and I believe he still has that one parked on the property. He bought a ?newer? 181 with a cab and a fan! He eventually bought 2 - 503?s to compliment the 181 and we farmed with the 3 combined for about 10 years. The 181 got to a point where it needed too much to fix so it was parked. Soon after that, 1 503 bit the dust with a blown engine. We ran 1 503 for 2 years before we got a 1460 which seemed like a monster machine back in 1990.

My dad bought 2 - 181 for parts only and all of these machines are still on our farm in central Manitoba.

One day, I would like to get the 503 and 181 running again.

Quick fact, most parts fit both the 181 and 503, they were almost identical machines, but the 503 had more power and the separator drive belt was a 3V belt instead of flat belt, which meant less time unplugging the cylinder.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: IH McCormick 181 combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

[quote="CVPost-mccormick181"](reply to post at 16:07:13 10/08/18) [/quote]

Hey McCormick
I’ve been working on restoring a 181 for a year now
Parts are getting hard to get and some are impossible
I do have the black diamond engine rebuilt but can’t find the flat belt drive pulley
It’s been a challenge but I hope to have it at penfield
Next summer
Dugger
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: IH McCormick 181 combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can you make one. I've made pulleys for threshers to replace the pressed paper ones.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: IH McCormick 181 combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

[quote="CVPost-casecollectorsc"](reply to post at 21:20:34 10/08/18) [/quote]

Yes I have had several shops looking at making one
It has internal splines so it becomes very exspensive
And it is only used on the 181
It has been a challenge
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:22 am    Post subject: Re: IH McCormick 181 combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ran two 503's over the years. One gas and one diesel. Both were flat belts. I think the very late models had the three rib belt. Quick tach feeder houses could also be installed. Always wanted that. Hated changing heads.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:45 am    Post subject: Re: IH McCormick 181 combine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

[quote="CVPost-mccormick181"](reply to post at 16:07:13 10/08/18) [/quote]

Hey McCormick
Would you be interested in selling a few parts
Dugger
 
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