This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch (15:19). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model (1:42) has a close-up of the temperature gauge shown (2:19). Use clean soft water from a rain barrel in the cooling system (2:37). To prevent freezing, drain and add back water when the tractor is warm (2:50). Some tractors have a pressure cooling system that must cool before removing the radiator cap (3:24). Many have a thermostat that can get damaged (3:47). A fan belt should have movement between pulleys (4:25). The radiator grill on an International Harvester Farmall (4:51) is removed due to overheating from leaves. Air cleaners should be cleared daily (5:32). Once a year, the air cleaner should be removed and completely cleaned (7:25), which includes pouring kerosene through a separating screen (7:46). An extension lets air be taken from a higher level (8:25). The Ford tractor has a cyclone pre-cleaner (8:39). Always inspect the gasket between the air cleaner and carburetor (8:57) for holes, as well as the ventilating tube (10:02) found on some tractors. Inspect the spark plugs and gaps (10:51). The Farmall instruction manual (11:02) provides information for the Farmall H (11:32) plugs and magneto points, as well as the distributor cap (11:55). The magneto is cleaned on a John Deere (12:26). The battery on a Case is serviced (13:00). Manifold regulation (13:48) must also be maintained. The John Deere gets its carburetor adjusted for a rich mixture (14:09); a flow meter (14:13) verifies fuel waste. A Farmall H also has its carburetor adjusted (15:10) before returning to the John Deere again (15:41). Be careful when refueling tractors from free-standing gas tanks (17:50). When cranking a tractor, make sure it’s out of gear (18:07). Some have a starter switch (18:18). Cold operation can affect the oil (18:27). A John Deere gets a new paper oil filter (19:23) and a Farmall gets its oil fill cap area cleaned (19:35) and another gets its valve cover removed to adjust the spark plugs and valves (19:57). An old Farmall with a single wheel at the front (21:02) has its valves ground (21:39). A Farmall H with a mounted bucket pushes hay into the barn (21:59) and can stack it (22:14) using mounted equipment. Tractors get their front-wheel bearings serviced (22:34). A Farmall gets the clutch pilot bearing greased (24:32). A John Deere gets its transmission serviced (25:35). Never tow a tractor (27:02). Hydraulic controls on a Farmall H and John Deere are shown (27:11). If your tractor is left outside, place a tin can over the exhaust stack (27:43). The Standard Oil logo is shown (28:16).
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