Joyce Orr's 1938 F20
This is the tractor in the early 50s
on the Raymond Whitehead's farm
This is Lanny Plowing
The Spring of 2004
late Raymond Whitehead was the owner of this 1938 F20 Farmall. He
purchased it at the Harold Minard farm sale in March 1952 and farmed
with it until the 60’s so I never remember him not having it. An old
board was bolted down across the drawbar that I would stand or set on
for hrs. He mowed the road ditch with it and I would watch him as he
maneuvered it up and down the banks, as a kid I honestly thought he
could drive that tractor to hell and back as he went anywhere with it.
He had no power steering but he could turn that spinner like he did. The
picture of the tractor being stuck is around 1952 or 53 with Skippy West
and my dad standing there. Mother must of taken it and I bet my dad was
jawing at her when she did, as he would not of wanted to be caught in
such a predicament. If anyone remembers Skippy he was just slightly over
5 foot tall and my dad was a good six foot so they made quite the pair.
Dad had a front scoop that he put on it which you tripped by hand. It
was a big apparatus, with the weight of dirt, it must have been quite
hard to handle. I can still
see him cranking the F20 with one swift turn and it hitting on one try.
My dad quietly beamed with pride when Lanny and our son Mark took an
interest in it and restored it. Dad got to see it in several New Market
parades but I so wished he could have seen Lanny plow with it this past
March. I have a feeling it would of brought tears to his eyes. The hard
work and determination of those days must always be shared and
remembered. This is just a
few memories I have of the old “F20”.
International Harvester Farmall F-20
Length: 139" Width: 95.5" Height: 76 Weight: 4500
Belt Hp: 27.84 Draw bar Hp: 20.64 Maximum Pull: 2927
Number of Plows: 2 Fuel Efficiency: 10.53
Engine: IHC 4 Cylinder Displacement: 220.9 Bore: 3.750 Stroke: 5.000
Rpm: 1200 Magneto: E4-A or F-4
Air Cleaner: IHC 60 Carburetor: Zenith K-5 1.25"
Pulley Size: 15.5x6.5 Pulley Rpm: 654 Pto Diameter: 1.125 Pto Rpm: 505
Forward Speeds: 2.25, 2.75, 3.25, 3.75 Reverse Speeds: 2.75
Front Tires: Steel, 6.00x16 Rear Tires Steel, 9.00x36, 10.00x36, 11.25x28
This is the farm sale where the tractor was bought in 1952