The Fairway 12

| June/July 1991

  • Tractor

  • Tractor

325 Alicia Drive, Cary, Illinois 60013

After many years of attending tractor shows and seeing all those once old piles of rust transformed into something to be proud of, I felt restoration was something I would like to try.

My daughter had her heart set on a 'green one', but my cousin informed me of a McCormick Deering in desperate need of restoration. It appeared to be a W-12, but after reading 150 Years of International Harvester I discovered it was a Fairway 12, serial number FOS838. According to the book, my tractor is one of only 600 ever made.

Needless to say, my cousin and I winched it out of the barn and onto a trailer. When I got home, my daughter saw the rusty heap and said, 'It's red!!' Her tone was one of disappointment, but as our project went on, that tone disappeared.

As I got into the restoration, I found that the block had to be welded again. I installed the original sleeves that I honed out, original pistons, and new rings. Some of the other parts, such as valve lifters, rocker arms, oil pump, and governor shaft, were taken out of an F-12 block I picked up from a friend.

Once the engine was completed, a friend and I dropped it into the chassis, which I had previously painted.