I"m not sure where you are getting your information but you are a little off base. My grandfather bought an 806 right after they came out and it had flat tops. Flat top fenders were always an option. The 1206 didn"t come out until 1965 and by that time there were thousands of 806"s and 706"s running around with flat top fenders. I don"t know what part of the country you live in but around here I never knew of an 806 ordered or delivered without fenders. Think about it. Why would anyone want to ride a tractor that size with big tires without the protection of fenders? Even the tractors that had cabs added were ordered with fenders. The fenders either stayed on or went in a corner of the barn. I may be wrong but I don"t believe no fenders was standard. I think round fenders were probably standard and the deluxe flat tops were probably on option.
Re: 806 fenders in reply to Baelee05, 12-02-2012 06:01:11
I was selling new IH at that time and I stick by my statement that the flat tops were not available on the 806 untill the same time as the 1206 was introcduced. Look at all of the early Farmall 806 literature. They either show no fenders or the optional clamshell fenders.
Re: 806 fenders in reply to IaGary, 12-02-2012 06:28:51
In my area we had at least ten 06 tractors within 15 miles with pickers on them and to my knowledge none of them came without fenders. When the picker went on you took the fenders off and when the picker came back off you put the fenders on. Pretty simple really. I guess if the tractors were used for nothing but picking corn I could see ordering them without fenders. The guys in this area however tended to use their tractors for a lot of other things the other ten months out of the year. Keep in mind there was a lot of livestock around at that time which meant manure handling. Kind of nice to have fenders for that. I really can't imagine doing much fieldwork with an 806 or 706 without some kind of fenders. Maybe its just me.
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