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How many people have 1943 H's

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Farmall43

02-09-2001 22:41:48




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I have seen a lot of people mention lately that they have 43' H's. I'm just kind of curious as to how many of us Farmall junkies have this particular year tractor and if they are gas, all fuel or whatever other configeration they made in this year. So lets hear it guys and gals. Do you have one and why is it one of your favorites.




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Ed

02-12-2001 07:16:52




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 Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-09-2001 22:41:48  
I have the '43 my dad bought new--S.N. 143039. It came out on skeleton steel wheels. I still have the wheels. It came out without lights and starter. It was put on rubber about '47 and the lights and starter were added in '61. It was cranked so many times that the crankhole in the front casting in worn oblong. The tractor was used until '90 on a mounted lister, mounted cultivator, curler and grain drill. It has had 2 swts of sleeves and a couple sets of rings in between. The rearend has been worked on at least twice. It's restored and in great shape now. I will keep it forever.

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Charlie

02-10-2001 15:57:12




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 Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-09-2001 22:41:48  
I have a 43 H and a 43 M. The H was my first tractor and I bought from the original owner who was an old friend of the family. He had sold out of farming and kept the H. He never used it for 8 years and it sat outside the whole time. He did keep it turned over and kept the exhaust covered up. I put in some new points and a new battery and it started right up. It was my only tractor for about 5 years, then I bought the M as I needed a second tractor and more horsepower. They both now work along with my 300 U, W30 and F14.

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troutking

02-10-2001 13:20:35




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 Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-09-2001 22:41:48  
I have one , and it was my first tractor that I restored. I got this tractor back in 1992 and used it for all types of farm jobs around home.Then in 1998 I restored this tractor to all its glory. In 2000 I got a McCormick #33 loader for it .I also restored it to. But I still use this tractor around home, I just try to be very carfull not to scatch it.



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john d - Why mine is special to me...

02-10-2001 10:02:35




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 Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-09-2001 22:41:48  
I've got one my Dad bought new in September of '43. It came as a "distillate" burner, and on steel. This was during the war, of course, and rubber was not only rationed, but in many instances, not available at all. My tractor even has a cast-iron knob on the shift lever. He had been farming 120 acres with an F12 and a team of horses. The H became his only power source. At the same time he also got a 2-bottom plow (also on steel) a 7' disk, and 2-row cultivators.

He was fortunate to be able to get the H at all, and it came with magneto ignition, no battery, lights, or starter. He farmed with it one year on steel, then managed to get rubber on the front of it by obtaining one new, and one used wheel, and two worn-out car tires. I'll have to ask him exactly when the rears were cut down for rims with rubber tires, but I think that was in the spring of '45. I remember him saying that the H on steel was not as big a jump better than the F12 on steel as one might imagine. While it would pull a bigger load, it was heavier, and with steel all around it would not turn with a corn planter at the end of the corn rows in 4th gear!

I think he added the battery, generator, and lights before the war was over, but the starter may have come later. The mag was replaced with a distributor sometime after the war, and the tractor was only run on gasoline after '46 or so.

A loader was added in about '47. I can barely remember when the loader was new, and it was the first hydraulic loader in our community. The tractor and loader combination was an instant hit with the neighbors, and when someone realized how easily a hog or cow could be hung from the loader when butchering, the tractor became in instant demand! I remember him saying it was gone at one point for about a week, from place to place, when he didn't even know for sure where it was!
The H was the workhorse on our farm until '52, when acreage doubled, and an M was added to the operation. During those years it did the tillage, operated a 2-row pull-type JD corn picker, hay chopper, and did all the other farm chores. We used it hard until the early '60s, when it was retired to light chores and occasional work.

It was the tractor I learned to drive on, and after the M arrived, the H was the one I spent my summers with. I think I could recognize that tractor by not just by sound, but by a hundred subtle little things which became so familiar that they're not just a part of the tractor, but me! I'm in the early stages of prepping it for some restoration work later this spring and summer.

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Paul Shuler

02-10-2001 19:47:05




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 Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d - Why mine is special to me..., 02-10-2001 10:02:35  
I would love to see a photo posted of your and Farmall43's H's. I love a tractor with a good story to it.



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Farmall43

02-10-2001 10:32:29




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 Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d - Why mine is special to me..., 02-10-2001 10:02:35  
Great story!!! My 43' was used on my grandfathers farm. He and my dad farmed 120 acres for ever with two H's. One of them was traded in for a 340 in 60'. That was used for most of the plowing becuase it could pull 3-16's. The H I have I traded many winters of cutting firewood for my grandpa. That was when I was 14. I learned to drive on that old tractor when I was 6 and grew to love it like nothing else. When I was 16 I completely restored and overhualed it with out my grandpa knowing about it. I put duals on it and gave it back to my granpa for his 69th birthday. I had never seen him cry before that day. He passed away a couple of years ago and I still have that H. I also bought back the tractor he sold just before he died. Of the tractors I have 3 will never be sold. They are the three He had as I grew up and rode on as a child while he plowed planted and cultivated. He instilled a sense of pride and caring in me for the land and for the outdoors in general. The Old H is The tractor that reminds me of him the most and will always be well taken care of.

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The Red

02-10-2001 10:44:35




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 Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-10-2001 10:32:29  
Both yours and John D's stories were GREAT!!



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SteveH

02-13-2001 17:56:08




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to The Red, 02-10-2001 10:44:35  
I am adding to this thread a little late - been out of town for a while - but just had to add my 2 cents worth. I am Farmall43's dad, and I remember riding home to the farm my parents had just bought on that '43 H with my father when he bought it in 1955. I was 6 years old, and as I remember it, I was dragging fields on that H by the time I was 7 or 8. My dad eventually bought another H with a mounted corn picker, when it got to the point that one tractor was not enough for both of us. That H (and picker) were destroyed in a barn fire while a neighbor had it. It was replaced by another H with mounted picker by the insurance company. It was that tractor that he traded in on the brand new 340 in 1960. I spent many an hour on that H my son now owns. I farmed with my father until I started college and didn't have much time anymore. We still live on the family farm, and along with the three tractors my father owned (the H, 340 and a 400 diesel) it will never be sold if I can help it.

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john d

02-10-2001 10:44:05




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 Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-10-2001 10:32:29  
Sounds like you've got the same sort of bond with your Farmalls that I have with mine!

My H is nearly a year older than I am, and the only brand-new tractor my Dad ever owned. At a time when my sister and I were both in college, and bills were high, Dad sold it to a neighbor who had spent a lot of hours working for Dad as a kid. The neighbor hobby-farmed with it on 20 acres for a couple of years, but for most of that time, it stayed in our barn! He would come over to get a tractor for whatever chores he was doing, and often as not, would end up taking the M or SM instead of the H. We continued to use the H for the 3 or 4 years that Jack "technically" owned it. As finances eased in the mid '60s, Dad bought it back from him for the same $$ he'd sold it for. It really never left "home" for more than a few days at a time! Dad is 88 now, and still in pretty good health except for EXTENSIVE arthritis. I'd like to get it back into pretty good shape while he's still around to see it.

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The Red

02-10-2001 10:47:03




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d, 02-10-2001 10:44:05  
That sounds like a Carmel HS project for the mechanic's classes.



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john d - NO!NO!NO!

02-10-2001 11:47:42




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to The Red, 02-10-2001 10:47:03  
I want it WORK when it's done!



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The Red. ROFL!

02-10-2001 11:51:51




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d - NO!NO!NO!, 02-10-2001 11:47:42  
I'm gonna rat to the principal about you!!!! :)



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john d - think that would worry me?

02-10-2001 12:14:54




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to The Red. ROFL!, 02-10-2001 11:51:51  
Go ahead! I'd rather trust it to the 8th graders in my building (where I could watch 'em) than to that ag-illiterate hammer-wielding HS bunch!



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The Red

02-10-2001 12:31:16




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d - think that would worry me?, 02-10-2001 12:14:54  
It's amazing that I did my driver's ed on 431 when Carmel was a country town back in 1967.....



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john d

02-10-2001 12:46:49




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to The Red, 02-10-2001 12:31:16  
Yeah, and 431 would have been an almost-new road then! When I graduated from Sheridan in '62, we were probably the 2nd largest HS in Hamilton County. Now Sheridan is by far the smallest. I came to Carmel in the fall of '70, and since then we've built the JH that I'm in, re-modeled the HS twice, the other JH once, and built 4 elementaries. We got some projections a few days ago that say school enrollment will continue to grow through at least 2010, with over 4400 in the HS by then, and nearly 3600 in the two 6-8 junior highs. Carmel is now the 12th-largest city in Indiana!

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The Red

02-10-2001 13:01:31




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d, 02-10-2001 12:46:49  
Both Meridian and 431 opened around 1964. I worked at Terry Airport in 1969 and 1970. Ray VanSickle had a Farmall Cub with a flail mower that I used to cut the approaches and the grass parking area. Great little tractor!! He had a Ford 8N with a bushhog I used to cut the old grass runway. I got my private license while I was there.



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john d

02-10-2001 13:22:58




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to The Red, 02-10-2001 13:01:31  
I live 4.5 miles North and about 2.5 miles West of Terry Airport! Pass it on my way to work!



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The Red

02-10-2001 13:32:03




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to john d, 02-10-2001 13:22:58  
Let me guess. The little cinder block building is still the office. Ray could stretch a dollar to say the least!!

I bet that Cub is in the big hangar next to the highway.



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john d

02-10-2001 13:38:00




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to The Red, 02-10-2001 13:32:03  
Haven't seen too many sudden changes in that place over the years. If you haven't been there for a while, the accumulated differences might be noticeable. State Road 32 is still as dangerous as ever, and the volume of traffic on it is probably 20 or 30 times what it was in 1970. Westfield has grown to the West of US31 well over a mile now, with a new Post Office and the fire/police station out there.

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jeff darr

02-10-2001 05:57:21




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 Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to Farmall43, 02-09-2001 22:41:48  
hi got one last year to go along with my a tore it down this winter should be ready too work in spring i also would like to know how many of these are around let me know take care....



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F20II :o)I gots a 43 H

02-10-2001 09:42:34




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 Re: Re: How many people have 1943 H's in reply to jeff darr, 02-10-2001 05:57:21  
Its all apart right now getting restored, its nice tractor, sheet metal was straight, nothing busted but the engine :o) also got a 42 H that I restored back to life.



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