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just sealed the deal on my latest project tractor.now just have to drive to Knoxville to fetch it home. looks like it was painted by first graders but I can cure that with some elbow grease and IH red paint. been looking for a 230 that suits me since dad swapped his off to a new IH484 in 1981.this is not his but will look good with new paint rolling across the burley fields of KY. it is going back to work. I plan on souping it up with a new overbore kit making 135 CI's instead of 123 and a few other tricks. Plan on getting 35 HP out of it. at 35 with enough weight it will handle 3x14 plows. will put my factory IH C-32 loader on it.


 

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Should be a good workhorse at 35 ponies George. Punching that much, will you have any overheating issues under heavy load to worry about? Looks good in the picture even if first graders DID paint it !!
 

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Is that Marks 230? (Family member who has health problems) Kinda looks like his, and your description of the paint job sounds par for his tractors.
 

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missouri massey man said:
Should be a good workhorse at 35 ponies George. Punching that much, will you have any overheating issues under heavy load to worry about? Looks good in the picture even if first graders DID paint it !!
should be fine since Farmalls have very good cooling systems. the 230 dad had was a real good tractor with a stock engine in it. watched him bale just under 2700 bales of hay one afternoon in 1979 pulling his 1976 IH 430 alltwine baler. that thing would gobble up more hay than 2 or 3 tractors could mow and rake. and never missed a knot. he also traded it off on the same deal that took his 230. we set lots of baccer with the 230 usung a one row mechanical setter.
per C handles OK with just 23 HP so the 230 should move out with it at 28. I may not overbore it if it suits as is. but I am very curious about hitching a 3 bottom plow to it.. I could overbore the SuperC and get the sdame CI's out of it. I plan rto do jusst that if the Super C ever needs overhauling again.
 

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Should be a good workhorse at 35 ponies George. Punching that much, will you have any overheating issues under heavy load to worry about? Looks good in the picture even if first graders DID paint it !!
Yeah it looks OK and is red but it will get a new dress when I get it home. that will be number 5 waiting on new paint. shouldn't be any cooling issues with a overbore.the small Farmalls have great cooling systms. and wet sleeves, Can't wait to get the 230 in the field with a plow. I don't have a 3 bottom fast hitch plow for it but have a real good 2 bottom. I hope to make this my hay baling tractor since dad' s 230 was our only hay baling tractor when I was youngun. we farmed over 600 acres here with the 230 and my 1949 C. the 230 was our big tractor at 28 HP. we raised 16 or 17 acres of tobacco, 40 acres of corn and 2 or 300 acres of hay with those two little tractors.same as now. the only thing on my mind was was farming and running those little red tractors. I have always said that pound for pound and dollar for dollar. nothing will get more work done than the Super C family of tractors can. they are fairly easy on gas an run forever. can't wear'em out. long as Icxan remember people have told me a Super C won't do this or that. it'll do it. might take a bit longer but it'll do it.


why farm half when you can FARMALL?????
 

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John M said:
Is that Marks 230? (Family member who has health problems) Kinda looks like his, and your description of the paint job sounds par for his tractors.

no got it from a feller in Greeneville, Tn. he said it was that way when he traded for it. sure wish it was in my littltle Farmall shop right now. I would have a roaring fire going and be tinkering on it. maybe next week I can make down to TN to get it. it will be an easy restore for now I will just tune it up and paint it. will be a while before I put the rebore kit in it and may never rebore it. if I need more power I will use the M or 504.


the other side.


regards, george
 

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Thats a good looking 230 George. I always liked the looks of them. I got a 130 and like you love those 123 engines.
130 is one of the tractors on my wish list. neighbor had a real nice 130 when I was a kid. we set a bunch of baccer with it.. I always thought they were neat little tractors.at home we always used C,Sc and so on so we could cultivate 2 rows. I helped sell more Super C's around here than ayone. most folks had Cubs, Super A's and 140's until they noticed I was plowing 2 rows instead of one. then the neighors started trading off theier offset 1 row tractors forC's. now everyone around here except 1 farm uses 2 row tractors. what I like about the C's is that they work like a much larger tractor.different strokes for different folks but I am a die hard Super C man. when it comes down to it.
 

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Nice 230 is This the one on the Tennessee Craigslist???? i Really wonted it shoot fer 1600.00$ :lol:
 

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TractorGuy140NC said:
Nice 230 is This the one on the Tennessee Craigslist???? i Really wonted it shoot fer 1600.00$ :lol:
yep, that is the same one.
Ahhhh Ya Lucky Rascal :mrgreen:
 

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georgeky said:
TractorGuy140NC said:
Nice 230 is This the one on the Tennessee Craigslist???? i Really wonted it shoot fer 1600.00$ :lol:
yep, that is the same one.
Ahhhh Ya Lucky Rascal :mrgreen:
I have been looking for one that suited me since 1981. all I seen around here were early models with touch control hydraulics the 56 and early 57 model 230's were just like the Super C and 200. late 57 and 58 230's had the hydratouch hydraulic system and traction control fasthitch. not any better mind you but dads late 57 had hydratouch and that is what I wanted on one this tractor is a late 57 with hydratouch and traction control.
 

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George,
Congratulations on the 230. Looks like a good solid tractor!
Regards,
Chris
 

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George,
Congratulations on the 230. Looks like a good solid tractor!
Regards,
Chris
I think it is a plum good one. need to find the 2nd hydraulic valve for it so I can use my C32 loader on it.
 

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looks pretty straight. might have to put a 3m wheel tothe metal to get rid of the orange peel.. but otherwise.. looks good!
 

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Ya done good George. I like it :!:
 

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Jim in NC said:
Ya done good George. I like it :!:
When I was a youngun dad's 230 was our ol' big tractor. we farmed with it and my old 1949 model C. I still have the C but he swapped off his 230 in 1981 I plan on working this 230 for all it's worth.
 

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George what was difference in 200 and 230 any?
 

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Jim in NC said:
Ya done good George. I like it :!:
When I was a youngun dad's 230 was our ol' big tractor. we farmed with it and my old 1949 model C. I still have the C but he swapped off his 230 in 1981 I plan on working this 230 for all it's worth.
During the time of the Cs, super C's, and 200s, and 230s, most all farmers here that did much cultivating were continuing to use one-row tractors. Offset Farmalls were the most common cultivating tractors used. There were a few Allis Bs, JD Ms and 40S, and 8N Fords.
My Grandaddy on Mom's side, considered the purchase of such a tractor very carefully, and chose a JD 40 because of the 3 point hitch. He thought it a bit more versatile and much easier to change implements on the 40 because lots of the IH tractors required many implements be bolted to the tractor. For someone working alone, I can understand that. My grandpa, on Dad's side, had a Super A, and I can remember many winters when my dad and I would come over and help grandpa put his front-mounted scrape blade on his Super A. It was a chore and stayed on all winter until the chance of snow had passed.
 
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