McCormick-Deering Tractor

Gene L. McLaughlin

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Rt. 1,Box 94A Statesville, North Carolina 28677

I'd like to refer to and discuss a little portion of Mr. Roger Welch's letter that was in the March-April 1970 GEM-Irene's column.

I, too, like to find the specifications of machinery when I see the pictures of it so I can know more about it. I have a few old operators and parts manuals and a couple tractor field books. From what I have seen, none of them give enough information for an accurate reproduction . Some of them do give the measurements of one or two main parts, such as the front and rear wheels, lugs, skids, etc. With this, the rest can be figured from an orthographic drawing of the entire machine if it is provided. Not many of these are available in the parts manuals, but I have several. To get a good idea what the machine looks like a good drawing or picture is necessary. The more views, the better idea you get of how it looks. I always like to have both sides, ends and top. On page 17 of above mentioned issue of GEM is a good example.

1929 Model 22-36 McCormick-Deering Tractor. My two kids are on the tractor. The machine needs sheet metal straightened but is in very good shape mechanically. I still use it for a small amount of bogging. Photo taken in February 1970.

Front view of the McCormick-Deering with Jack, David and Diana McLaughlin aboard.

Left side view of tractor. Radiator width-24'. Radiator heighth (core only) 24'. Rear wheels, center to center 53'. Length-11'2'; Width 65'; Heighth-(radiator) 64'; Wheel base 7'; Drive wheel diameter, 50' (less lugs); Front wheel diameter 34' (less skid rings); Drive wheel width-12'; Front wheel width-6'; Pulley diameter 16 3/4'; Pulley width-9'; Bore and stroke-4 3/4' x 6'.

Mr. Welch did not mention any specific machine or implement that he had in mind. I would like to hear more on the subject of prints with enough information with them for modeling purposes. I have a few machines too and so can go direct to them and take complete measurements of everything. Some modelers like to have cross-sectional views of various specified points on the machine. This may be more difficult to find, or make, but I am looking through the manuals to find a few helpful drawings.

May be Mr. Welch will want to model the IHC 22-36. At least, his letter has called attention to the fact that some readers want more information on the pictures they see.

Personally, I would like to see some pictures of a Minneapolis 17-30 and find the specifications of same.