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Posted: 3/23/2012 9:14:53 AM
   

Need I244 Info

I have 2 Massey I244 USAF tractors - 244G1SF2001 (Barksdale AFB?) and I244G2120 (Keesler AFB?)- both in rough condition 2001 runs but has cab torched off, 2120 has Continental F245 (not F244) engine apart and is missing cab, gas tank, hood / grill sheetmetal. No magnets. Trying to decide what to do with them - need info / pictures.

Understand there were as many as 7 restored I244s at a show last year - would like contact info for any of those tractors.

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Posted: 3/24/2012 12:18:52 PM
   

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What kind of information are you looking for?  According to the Massey Tractor Data Book by Ketih Oltrogge There were 708 of these tractors made for both the Air Force and the Navy.  38 of these were made for the Navy and did not come with the cab.  Those would be serial numbers starting with 1001-1038.  Being that both of yours start with the 2000 serial numbers means it was made for the Air Force and they only made 243 with a PTO like your should both have.  The last military order for the I-244 was the 3000 series which did not have a PTO and 427 of those were produced.

This is the only Massey Harris tractor to have the large generator and large magnetic sweeper attachment manufactured by Sabre Equipment.  Very few (I only know of one) restored tractors have this great attachment.  The correct color should be yellow even though some of the restored I-244s out there are MH red.

I have attached two pictures of I-244s.  The first is the 2000 series incorrectly painted red (with the gray I-330 beside it) and the other a 1000 series Navy.

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Posted: 3/24/2012 12:43:35 PM
   

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There was a great I-244 thread/discussion on the old site.  I am not sure it can be revived or brought back.  It had lots of good conversations and posts with pictures from many subscribers.


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Posted: 3/29/2012 8:25:44 AM
   

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As to 3000 series serial numbers - were most of these really Army Corp of Engineers rather than USAF - only 2 of the 3000 series Ive seen (3087 & 3303) were both CoE tags with 30 inch rear tires instead of the 28's on my 2 USAF tractors.

Any info appreciated. How many still exist? Condition? Where / Who owns them? Anyone with a list of S/N assigned to which bases. Conrtract info? Parts Availability? Value of restored tractor but without magnet? Anyone have a spare cab?

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Posted: 5/11/2012 8:06:32 PM
   

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Hi MHEd,

Sorry I never responded to your post but I knew we had talked via email earlier.

I would like to see if we could put a registry together for the 244s and even the I-162s!!  I know where 7 of the 162's are but it would be nice to record their numbers and where they are located.  The various 244 models would also be important to get recorded!!

Any one up for the challenge??

GTE


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Posted: 6/25/2014 5:43:32 AM
   

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A neat article in belt pully about an I-244 on the west coast.

Drew


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Posted: 7/4/2014 12:27:31 AM
   

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I have just been contacted by a collector from Oxfordshire, England who has finally "after 30 years of trying to persuade the scrap yard owner to sell" managed to acquire a M-H I244 trator which has been in a local scrap yard for around 40 years, the serial number is I244G-2146.
As you will see from the two photo's below the owner is looking for all four wheel rims, can anyone offer any help in locating some or suggest a possible alternative.

Many thanks for any help which I will pass along to him,

Malcolm

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Posted: 7/4/2014 12:54:37 AM
   

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Yup - Those look like the right hubs.  I believe only the 1000 and 2000 series or serial numbers had those hubs.  The 3000 did not. Which should mean that less than 300 of those existed.  Most likely will need to fab something up.

Here are a couple pictures I had handy.  I can get more details and pictures from the one in the barn if needed.

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Posted: 7/4/2014 1:00:49 AM
   

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These pictures would be what I would call the 3000 serial number hubs which are different.  You might see some familiar tractors!  Or maybe Bob P should sign on and comment on them!  :-)
 

Drew


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Posted: 7/4/2014 5:47:38 AM
   

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Hi Malcolm,

The front wheel rim should be fairly easy to find. It is the same part number as the rims for a MH 444 standard tractor.  

The rear rims will be a little different situation.  They are a split rim.  If all else fails, he would not be in error to put the 444 rear hubs and rims on it as well.  I have seen them both ways.

I have a parts manual and technical manual for the I-244 if he needs a copy.  It might cost him a set of lift brackets for the rear however!! LOL!!

Does the tractor still have the mag and 24 volt system on it??

GTE




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