As I mentioned in my earlier post. I thought it was a good idea to chase the threads in the Farmall 200 manifold. I ordered a 1 1/2 inch tap and cleaned up the threads. The results are not as dramatic as I had hoped but I was happy that I did it. As you can see, there are not a lot of threads in the manifold and the new pipe does not extend all that far beyond the hood, but it will work just fine. I can use the tap on other tractors as some point.
For as long as I have owned my Farmall 200, the muffler has not fit tightly on the exhaust pipe. The problem is that the exhaust pipe is too small, it has rusted away over the years and decreased the size enough that the muffler can't be tightened enough to fit. This is a common problem with IH tractors and I am sure a lot of you have faced the same issue. In some ways it was handy, when I had to remove the muffler for one reason or another all I needed were gloves, but I wanted to fix it. As I looked at the pipe, it looked to be rusted solidly in place and I had my doubts that I could remove it. I bought a replacement pipe years ago, but I was hesitant to work on it. I knew that the plan B would be to buy a replacement manifold which is a scary proposition too. I finally decided that it was time to try. I took my offset grinder and cut the old pipe off and notched the remaining pipe. Then I used a punch and chisel to knock out the section that I had notched. To my surprise, the remaining pipe then turned out by using a pipe wrench on it. Eventually, I was able to turn it with my fingers.
It took only a few minutes to remove the old pipe. I was shocked. Looking at the threads in the manifold they were in very good shape.
So, I screwed in the replacement pipe and tightened it down as much as I could using a pipe wrench. As you can see, the muffler now fits tight and no longer sits on the hood. I did buy a 1 1/2 inch tap on ebay and my plan is to remove the pipe and clean up the manifold threads so that the pipe will screw in further.
I wanted to share this with the Membership. I have been asked a couple of time this week about the correct paint color for IH Cream. IH used this off white color on their equipment from the 1920's until sometime in the 1950's. It was replaced by IH White which was used on the 50 series tractors (130, 230, 350 450 & 650) so it may be the time that Cream was discontinued. I asked the IH Archivist years ago if there was a paint chip and she replied there was not. I have seen a lot of variations of the color over the years and yellow was a common color used. I have see basically Massey Harris yellow used, which is not very close. Then Nick Brett told me that he had copied the color from his hay loader. He found a section of the hay loader that was in good condition and had the color copied at a True Value hardware store. He gave me a can of the paint and here is the color mix code on the can:
In my opinion it is not a very pretty color and IH White looks much better on vintage IH equipment, but if you want to be correct, you can use this paint color. You should be able to get it matched at any True Value store.
I wanted to add this blog to our site for a place for communication with the members. It is very hard to try to think about the show season right now. Even harder to plan an event given the unknowns we live with. As you know the plow day in April was cancelled due to concern over the Corona virus. The membership meeting at Foskett's has been postponed for the same reason. The plan is to have the meeting in May or June. I feel it is important to have the meeting. Right now the Litchfield, NH plow day is still on. Attendees will have to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks when needed. This should be doable "out in the field." I want to try to have a "normal" show season, but time will tell what is possible.