1959 International 460 Utility Tractor
221C Gas Engine
This International Tractor has been in the same family for the entirety of it's existence. Although there are some missing parts, and a few repairs that are anything but "original", it has served the family well and they hope to have it re-painted and restored to it's former glory in an effort to preserve the tractor for use around the family farm for many years to come. It was still in use when we first met the owners. It's primarily used for mowing, and this International still runs like a top! The side panels were removed somewhere along the line and are hidden in the depths of the property. One of the control levers is sheared off and held together with a bolt and hose clamp, and the upholstery on the seat is almost completely gone, but this tractor is a staple of it's home farm.
We are going to help make sure it stays that way.
Please enjoy these photos of this International tractor as we progress down the long, winding road of our shops first ever tractor restoration.
|The International 460 Utility tractor, ready for delivery to our shop |
for a complete restoration. It was still in use when we saw it for the first time in September of 2014, and it needs to be ready for spring 2015 mowing!
|Degrease #2 of the International tractor|
|Dis-assembly is under way with draining fluids and sheet metal removal|
|Dis-assembly continues. More dirt and grease under every part we take off! Several 5 gallon buckets worth of grease were scraped off this tractor|
|Stripped off all "removable" parts to access the steering box which is in need of a re-build|
|Paint is stripped from the grill, side panels and other existing sheet metal. Sheet metal straightening and repair will begin shortly to ensure proper fit and a great looking finish!|
Here is a taste of how far this tractor has come. We brought this beauty back from broken and missing pieces, a mixture of at home repairs and make shift parts, and mostly grease and dirt covering the whole tractor. The final product will be revealed soon. Needless to say she is beautiful, clean, straight and fully repaired. A true beauty.
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