Thanks for the reply's. When I was growing up we had MH 44 RC's and a 444 standard. About 1965 my Dad bought a second farm and a 190XT AC. Later he traded the 190XT for a 200 and a 170, not at the same time. I split the 190XT rear end one fall day plowing a head land. When my brother quite farming he had the 200, a D17 and a 180 (the 170 burned in a fire, to bad, it was a nice tractor). Everyone of them jumped out of 3rd gear when going down hill. I beleive part of the blame is the operators not being patient and grinding the gears. If you really want to make matters worse put a loader on one, the 200 had a loader on it.
Still, I have a software spot for these tractors, the engines seemed bullet proof and really put out the power for the size. It is just too bad the transmissions were a little on the light side. A good synchronized forward-reverse would have done these tractors a lot of good.
I have a collection of JD 2510's and 2520's. I think these are the greatest tractors for thier period. Just a well designed tractor that is really fun to drive. Although, being 40 years old they have their wear and tear also.
Oh, my IH friend says I need some color in my shed. ha, ha. So I am looking around.
Thanks for the comments. Paul