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Ryan’s Interesting Iron: The Tale of a $106,000 Peterbilt

Hi! I’m Ryan, and I love tractors. It doesn’t matter if it’s a showpiece, an oddball, or whether it’s seen its share of life … if it’s unique, I’m gonna show it off a little bit. I think this stuff is cool, and I hope you will, too! This is Interesting Iron!

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When you need to teach the neighbors a lesson...

I’ve got a thing for old advertising. I recently found an ad for the 706-806 that said, “Give your neighbors a lesson in high speed, hard pull farming...” and I really fell in love with it.
IHC Model 806
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Part of me feels like IH had an axe to grind with the public when it launched those tractors. The company had taken a PR bath after recalling the 460/560/660 for rear-end failures. Even though only a few rear ends actually failed, farmers talk. When IH issued the recall in 1959, it was the only thing anybody talked about. I think they were salty about the whole deal, and they knew they’d built a tough new line of tractors in the 706 and 806, so they went over the top with the ad campaigns. 

This 806 is a true International, complete with the big round Wheatland fenders. That makes it a fair bit less common than average. I believe only about 8,000 were built with International badges, whereas there were almost 43,000 that were Farmalls. Now ... that said, it doesn’t run, and hasn’t for a while, from what I’m told. Should that worry you? Meh ... maybe, maybe not. Keep this in mind: The 361 was probably the toughest motor that IH ever built, and there are a TON of them out there. Even if this one is shot, there are lots of places to find one that runs just fine. 

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Frankly, I could see this tractor selling dirt cheap. If you’re willing to roll the dice on the motor and you’re handy in the shop, you could put this 806 back to work and have yourself a heck of a nice tractor! As I write this, the bid sits at just over $600, so keep an eye on it! It could be a steal!

You can check out the 806 … and bid on it if you’re so inclined … by going to https://tractorzoom.com/lot/f6074c1b-ea3d-4491-b283-bd4bde90ee31/

The Trendsetter...

International 8-16 tractor
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The IHC 8-16 was a tractor that never really did what Cyrus McCormick set out to do. Was it a failure? Nope, not at all.

Did it change the game for farming? Yep. Did it change the way IHC built tractors? Yep, it did that, too.

So why wasn’t it a success, in McCormick’s eyes? Because it couldn’t take down the man of the hour – Henry Ford. 

Ford’s tractor, the Fordson Universal, was a very hot seller from the day it launched. Part of the reason for the early success was because it was small and quite useful, but I think the greater reason for its success (nearly 22% of the market within a year of launch) was because the company had such deep pockets that it could slash the price year after year – they even sold it UNDER cost! 

IHC’s tractor was more cutting edge (the 8-16 was the first tractor to come with a PTO) and better built than the Fordson. It was also the first IHC built on an assembly line. At the end of the day, though, IHC couldn’t sell them as cheap as Ford could sell theirs. When you can get 80% to 90% of the same functionality in a tractor that sold for half the price, it’s almost a no-brainer. Overall, IHC won the war, but they lost this particular battle.

This 8-16, which came out of Woodstock, Virgina, sold for $9,200 last Friday at an auction that our friends at McGrew Equipment Company were conducting.

You can view other classic tractors currently up for sale by our TractorZoom auctioneer clients by going to https://tractorzoom.com/farm-equipment-auctions/category/tractors/

There ain’t nuthin’ finer ... than a 379er!

Peterbilt 379

The Peterbilt 379 is an icon in America’s transportation history, and I’m a big fan. For every year that the 379 was in production (1987-2007), it was Peterbilt’s best seller. Over 230,000 were built, and believe it or not, over 89% of them are still on the road earning a living, and bringing you the stuff you use on a daily basis! 

This 2004 Pete is LOADED. It’s likely one of the cleanest semis we’ve ever seen on Tractor Zoom, too. Inside and out, this thing is MINT. It sits on a 274-inch wheelbase so it should ride pretty darn nice, too. An 18-speed Eaton handles gear-jamming duties, and with a C15 Cat behind it, it won’t lack for power! With less than .5 million miles on the clock, it has a lot of miles to go before it’s done, too!

Peterbilt 379s have always sold very well on the used market; they hold resale value better than any other Class 8 semi on the market, and this one is no exception. And ooooooh, she’s a beauty, isn’t she? Big stacks and a flat top sleeper just look good, as far as I’m concerned! Bidders thought so much of this 379 that it sold for a whopping $106,000!

You can track the sale of similar semis by going to https://tractorzoom.com/farm-equipment-auctions/category/trucks/other-equipment/

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