Rare IHC Rescued from Carolina WEED PATCH

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1710 Hanover Pike Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340

After resting for who knows how many years in North Carolina, an
old 8-16 was owned by Mr. Paul Russell and not for sale. However,
in December of 1983 he decided to sell it and the present owner is
Mr. Dale Alger of Luray, Virginia.

After only eight months of work, I feel that Dale and his son
Mark have certainly done an excellent job on the tractor. When the
tractor was first brought home (Dale did not see the tractor as
shown in picture #1) and looked over more carefully, Dale wondered
what he was really getting involved with.

As can be seen in the picture the tractor was quite rough-note
the rocker arm assembly between the hopper and flywheel. The piston
had a piece broken out a couple inches long so a new piece has to
be cast welded in and the whole piston turned. Then the block was
bored and sleeved. All the roller bearings in the transmission had
to be replaced and since no new bearings could be located, bronze
bushings were installed in the transmission. And a new drive chain
had to be found.

The tractor, serial number SB 2337, is one of the earliest Mogul
tractors which had a sheet metal hopper instead of a cast iron
hopper like later Moguls. Also instead of having eccentric sleeves
fitted to the rear axle to tighten the drive chain, it has an idler
assembly bolted to the frame to tighten the chain. As can be seen
in picture #2, the tractor turned out beautifully! 1 took this
picture at the 8th Somerset Steam and Gas Pasture Party held in
Somerset, Virginia on August 25-26, 1984

Anyone who can give any information on related stories about
Mogul tractors should write to Dale Alger, Rt. 1 Box 481, Luray,
Virginia 22835 He is a very pleasant fellow to correspond with.

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