Farmall Super C Background
International Harvester first introduced the Farmall C in 1948 with a C-113 (113 cubic inch, 20 hp) 4-cylinder
in-line, overhead valve and thermo siphon water-cooled engine.  Some models produced in the early 50's
were painted white for promotional purposes and are considered somewhat rare.

The
 Super C  replaced the C in 1951 and was produced for 4 years through 1954.  It  had a larger engine
(C-123, 24 hp) that was also used in follow-on models (100, 130, 200, and 230) from 1954-1957.  This engine
featured a water pump and a slightly higher compression ratio and had wet cylinder liners providing ease of
rebuilding and good heat transfer.  The tractor had adjustable rear tire spacing (with sliding hubs), a frame
design similar to the larger Farmall Models H and M, International Harvester's  "Touch Control" system that
allowed the operator to lower and raise implements by touching one small lever, and optional IH 2-point fast
hitch and a wide front axle.   

The transmission featured 4 forward gears and reverse with 4th gear being a road gear with a speed of 10
MPH.  Reverse speed is 3 MPH making back and forth operation reasonable.  First through third gears are nice
and evenly spaced, allowing for excellent speed matching for most all tasks.  As was the norm for the period,
the transmission is a sliding, straight cut, gear type and the gears are not synchronized.  The PTO is not "live"
and it shifted in and out of gear via a sliding collar.  The belt pulley is placed on the rear of the tractor above
and to the right of the PTO shaft.

The tractor is very versatile and used primarily on small farms or for small jobs on large farms.  This tractor is
still in use today on farms large and small.  They can also be found in the shops of collectors and lined up in
neat rows at antique tractor shows.  Due in part to their usefulness and handy size, many of these tractors
have been preserved and they are not considered rare at this time.
Nebraska Tractor test number 458 completed in
1951 using gasoline.
The serial # is located on the toolbox
and seat support.
Test
Result
Draw bar
21 hp
PTO (Belt Pulley)
24 hp
Bore & Stroke
3 1/8 x 4
Rated RPM
1650
Gears
4 forward, 1 reverse
Speed (MPH)
Forward - 2.4,  3.8,
5.0, 10.3;  Reverse - 3.0
Basic Weight
3209 lbs.
Test Weight
4125 lbs.
Front Tires
5.00 x 15
Rear Tires
10 x 36
1951
100001-131156
31,156
1952
131157-159129
27,973
1953
159130-187787
28,658
1954
187788-198310
10,523
 
Total Made
98,310
The tractor featured
here is serial number

150523
(Sept)
Note:  the 10 x 36 rear tire size has been replaced by
the 11.2 x 36 specification.  Availability of new 36 inch
tires is limited as other sizes are now the standard.
About International Harvester Corporation Tractors
The McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, formed by Cyrus Hall McCormick, merged with several other
manufacturers and formed the International Harvester Co. They were primarily known for the production of
harvesting equipment. They began experimenting with tractors around 1905. These tractors were huge,
powerful and clumsy and although they were useful for large areas, they did not work well for the small
acreage farmer.

Their first attempt at a smaller tractor was the Mogul 8-16 and was a big hit. International Harvester continued
to refine their small tractor line with several follow-on models. The famous letter series tractors, including
the A, B, H and M began production in 1939.

IH produced many tractors during their reign and were ranked as one of the largest manufacturers of farm
tractors.  In 1984 IH was purchased by Tenneco and merged with the Case Corporation.
The Farmall Works plant in Rock Island, Illinois
first opened in 1926.

The last IH tractor, a Model 5488, was built there
on May 14, 1985.

International's Agriculture Equipment Division
was sold to Tenneco the prior year, in 1984.
Farmall Name is Back — Case IH has revived the Farmall brand on some of their latest
tractors.
Case IH Re-Introduces the FARMALL Brand  -  January, 2004

RACINE, Wis. – The agricultural equipment brand which delivers today’s leading edge performance, Case IH,
is honored to welcome FARMALL back to its product lineup, the brand which helped revolutionize agriculture
in the 1920s.

FARMALL built its legacy by combining versatility, performance and a functional design into a product
package, which essentially drove the transition of American agriculture from the horse-drawn era to the
mechanized agriculture we know today.

With 14 models ranging from 18 to 55 engine horsepower and available with gear or hydrostatic
transmissions, the FARMALL Series has a tractor for any task.
1948
501-22623
22,122
1949
22524-47009
24,485
1950
47010-71,879
24,869
1951
80,423
8,552
 
Total Made
80,028
Farmall Super C  1951 - 1954
Year
Serial #
# Made
Farmall C  1948 - 1951
Units were built at
Louisville, KY