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1964 International Harvester 606D
International 2000 Loader & Howard Rotovator

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This tractor was purchased new by my Grandmother's first cousin. Along with farming, he was a logger by trade and used the 606 for some pretty hard workAfter he passed away, the family held an estate sale and I was able to purchase the tractor and implements on August 7, 2004.

8/7/04 - This was the tractor seconds after I got it home.

The IH 2000 Loader has a lift capacity of 2,000 pounds and a 4,000 pound breakaway point. According to a sales brochure, "It was designed and constructed to withstand the stresses and strains of continuous loader operation.  It lifts capacity loads as high as 10 feet, 5 inches, measured from the bucket pivot point, and provides 8 feet, nine inches un the bucket lip when dumped."

The following pictures are of the tractor after about an hour of pressure washing the grease, dirt and grime off of it.


3/11/05 - Grill was taken off, dents pounded out, cleaned up, primed, painted and a new eBay purchased logo installed.

3/11/05 - muddy and dirty from tilling.  Dad took care of a couple of minor repairs.  Replaced a sheared bolt on the front axel, replaced a tire and rim.  Painted the from rims and replaced the clevis pins on the bucket.

3/27/06 - Last fall I bought a truckload of crushed rock from a cousin. As he pulled into the barnyard he recognized the old tractor as it was from his side of the family. Anyway, he said, "There are a set of forks for the tractor up at the old homestead behind the skidder." Dad was playing at a family poker game with the cousin's dad and mentioned it. He said we should call another cousin as she was handling all of the estate that I bought the tractor from. She is the one I bought the tractor from in the first place. She said that we were welcome to go up there with her and if it was there, we could have it.

Sure enough, it was there, buried in the back of a barn, akwardly shaped, and heavy. I was not gonna waste the 20 mile drive into the mountains and determined to get it out of there. Dad and the cousin were leaning towards coming up on a weekend and getting the skidder running and out of the way. It was heavy and none of us needed to blow out a back so I was just about to give up when I saw an old rusty bolt. We scrounged up a wrench, some WD-40, and I got it apart into two pieces. I am guessing that each half was close to 100 pounds each. Anyway, got it home, as seen in the pictures above

5/28/06 - Dad had worked on replacing the batteries (as well as all of the battery cables and connectors) on the old IH-606D so it now fires right up, is easy to get moving, and is handy to use. I used it to turn a job that literally would have taken us days with shovels and wheel barrows, into a couple hour job. Click here for the project page.

5/28/09 - Oops . . . I was hauling piles of dirt from spots around the gardens to various locations that needed filling in and the left steering arm snapped in half.  As you can see in the picture, it was cracked about in half for a long time. I called Ag-West in Woodburn (the local IH dealer) and the guy said that they had one but the cost was $815! I told him that I could find one new online for between $97 and $147. He said that he would talk to management and call me back. He did. $415. So, I just took it up to Peterkin in Molalla and he said he could fix it for me and have it done tomorrow.

Here are some of the places I found one and what it is supposed to look like when new:

5/29/09 - As promised, Peterkin had it all fixed up. He basically copied the work that had been done to the bottom part of the arm at a previous time. Maybe this winter, I will pop the right one off and have him beef it up as well. He charged me $30.00.

I got home, wired brushed it up, painted it red with Rustoleum paint, waited for it to dry, got it installed, dumped the load of dirt that was in the loader, and parked it for the night. I used it the rest of the weekend moving dirt piles.

8/23/12 - Just a quick update. In the spring of 2010 I was using the tractor to till and it was just bogging down and dying something awful. It just did not have the power I was use to. I am assuming that it is a fuel filter issue (at least hoping that is all that it is) but after getting the fields cultivated, I parked it. That fall (2010), I bought the new Mahindra and that became my go to tractor. I tried using the 606 for fall garden clean up (since the loader is so much bigger) but it just was not worth it. So it has been sitting in the shed ever since. Time to get it out, cleaned up, serviced, and ready for fall garden cleanup.

4/1/18 - Well, in the six years since the last entry, the old girl never did get out of the shed as hoped back in 2012. The 606D sat and started a typical disentigration path for machinery. Fluids seaped in places and attracted a build up of dust and dirt. The seat, already long passed its functional life, became horribly unuseable. And probably the worst issues was that one of the rear tires rotted out and the caustic ballast liquid leaked all over, severely rusting the rim and many bolts. This basically turned the tractor into a couple of thousand pounds of immovable iron!

This year I started working on getting rid of projects I never would get to in my lifetime and working on servicing and repairing equipment we need available.

I figured that the 606D would not be worth the time and money but decided to hire my mechanic cousin to see if he could get the engine to run. Two new batteries, two new fuel filters, some fresh diesel, and a couple of hours and it was purring!!!

That made the decision to revive the tractor so easy. Click here for the 2018 "Revival" project page.

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