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Antique International / Farmall Tractor: Farmall F-20

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This tractor was introduced in 1932 and was available with wide-front or narrow-front end. Note - All Farmalls were painted "battleship gray" until late in 1936 when they switched to "Farmall Red". Almost 150,000 F-20's were built.

Farmall F-20 Tractor

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Comments on this Tractor

Carl Jackson wrote on Tuesday, November 01, 2022 (PDT):
  • I just bought a 1923 International F 20 looking for information.
    Ace Schrunk wrote on Saturday, February 08, 2014 (PST):
  • Looks more like F30. My brother still has dad s 1939 F20 never been overhauled, runs good.
    big and rich wrote on Thursday, October 10, 2013 (PDT):
  • my name is Big and Rich and I have a F20 1939 need to know how to adjust the valves
    Susan N Ron wrote on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 (PDT):
  • We just bought a International Harvester tractor and believe it is a 1937 with a narrow front end. We don t know much about tractors, but am confused how Farmall and International Harvester is one and the same Any idea how we can find out its value Thank you in advance.
    Gilbert Pargmann wrote on Monday, July 02, 2012 (PDT):
  • I have a F20 that has been in a shed these past 20 years. at one time, my father cranked it every week or so and it purred real good. My cousin, thought that it didn t have antifreeze and drained it one night without telling my dad. Then dad comes along and cranks it and let it run until the valves froze in it. Turming the crank is easy and no compression. Did it harm the piston and rings or can I just take off the head and regrind the valves. Everything else is still in good condition and I plan to restore and paint it again if the good Lord lets me live that long. Can anyone help me
    rex smith wrote on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (PDT):
  • you can buy most everything for an f-20 tractor, just look at farmall shows all over , they have parts new rebuilt, and aftermarket parts i own four f-20 a 38 and 3 39s
    Peggy Eiler wrote on Sunday, March 11, 2012 (PDT):
  • I am in search of an electric starter for a Farmall F-20. Can anyone please help me locate or know of a source to contact Thank-you
    ART FULTON wrote on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 (PST):
    vi wrote on Friday, October 14, 2011 (PDT):
  • Have an F-20 to sell. 1930 s I believe. Wanting someone with willing to give LOL
    Jim Phillips wrote on Saturday, October 23, 2010 (PDT):
  • I am restoring a 1938 F-20 with cast rear wheels and would appreciate knowing the correct silver color for the front and rear rims, the tractor is on rubber tires. Thanks, Jim
    j.l. DIEGO foraker wrote on Saturday, September 18, 2010 (PDT):
  • I have a 20 with smaller tires on the rear. what size was standard where is the serial # located are engines available are decals available paint hope you can help me,or know someone who can.thanks for your help. DIEGO
    john tryggeseth wrote on Saturday, August 28, 2010 (PDT):
  • for sale F12 Studebacker engine on steel used for logging. F 20 Ser. 43808 on rubber, 2 mowers corn planters 2 other equipment Roadgrader, hayloader one single cell jail Warroad Mn. fordge, plus misc. 218-296-1021.
    Bernie Abrahamson wrote on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 (PDT):
  • Did the 1938 Farmall tractor have cleats on the wheels
    Kay wrote on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 (PDT):
  • My Mom and Dad moved to Yuma county from Republic county Kansas in June of 1938. He bought a Farmall F-20 tractor that same year. Whether it was new or used I don t know. The banker allowed the loan to buy this tractor on Dad s ability to teach school and that last year of teaching was used as the collateral for the loan.
    Bill wrote on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 (PST):
  • I recently discovered an original Instruction Book for a MCCormick-Deering Farmall Tractor Model F-20 Bottom of the book I believe is the published date of 25M- 6-19-37 The book is in relatively good shape for the yeard. 87 pages. What would something like that be worth I wonder
    Tracey Stumbo wrote on Saturday, January 23, 2010 (PST):
  • I have a 1938 f20 and serial# I think is FA112445 if this is even the # I am wondering if anyone wiil please please help me determine what I have so I can begin the process of trying to restore, I have no idea what size or make of the engine so I can buy overhauling kit, please please help me and maybe some #s and companies so I can contact for help please please someone find the time in your heart to help me get in touch with my late grandfather so I can make him proud when he looks down from above and see his tractor working the land he and my great grandfather worked so many years ago, once again please help!!!!! I thank you so very much Tracey
    Dave McLandress wrote on Thursday, January 21, 2010 (PST):
  • I have a f-20 and am in the middle of buying some parts to restore it . I was told it was a 1935 when I bought it but I am wondering if in fact it is a 1938. It is red and the serial number on the frame is FA121056N. It has one round spoke and one flat bar rear steel rim. Anyone with some guidance would be most appreciated. 313-702-1041.
    mike wrote on Monday, December 28, 2009 (PST):
  • to answer the june 22 question. diff between f 20 and f 30 is 10 hp and about 500 lbs. as far as physical, the f 30 is maybe 6 inches taller and 4 inches wider at the hood. very obvius if the 2 are side by side. other than that, you can get casting #s off left side engine block , drop housing, front steer gear housing, etc and they will all lead you to which one you have, good luck.
    wl pierce wrote on Sunday, December 27, 2009 (PST):
  • enjoy reading site glad to know thier parties enjoying F style tractors have f20 37 h 49 see ya
    w l pierce wrote on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 (PST):
  • have 37 f20 with road gear would more info thanks 217 341 1840 thanks
    Dean Huster wrote on Friday, October 02, 2009 (PDT):
  • Dad owned a W-30 and two F-20s. He traded the W-30 in on a Super M around 1962 or so. One F-20 had the corn picker permanently mounted as it was a royal pain to put on, take off and store. The second F-20 was used for planting, mowing and cultivating. As a teen, the old F-20s were embarrassing. I d give my eye teeth for Dad s old tractors now. When he sold the farm, he sold the better of the two it had a road gear transfer case mounted between engine and trannie to a neighbor with the sickle mower. The one with the picker was left with the farm. What a waste!
    K Hammer wrote on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (PDT):
  • wondering if anyone has or knows of anyone who has steel wheels for a F-20 prefer spade lugs. 515-326-0086 des moines, iowa
    john m wrote on Monday, June 22, 2009 (PDT):
  • can someone tell me how yo tell the diffrence between an f-20 and an f-30 we had 2 IH s that burnd in a barn fire in the early 90s my uncle who owned them died as did my grandfather my dad dosnt know and i thought one was an f-20 but the f-20s and f-30s look a like any info would help because iwould like to restore it
    john m wrote on Monday, June 22, 2009 (PDT):
  • can someone tell me how yo tell the diffrence between an f-20 and an f-30 we had 2 IH s that burnd in a barn fire in the early 90s my uncle who owned them died as did my grandfather my dad dosnt know and i thought one was an f-20 but the f-20s and f-30s look a like any info would help because iwould like to restore it
    Bob wrote on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (PDT):
  • In about 1952 I bought an F-20 for 100. It was on rubber and I rebuilt the engine using high comp sleeves and pistons. I also found a kit to put an overdrive case in place of the driveshaft. I used it several times to pull the neighbors F-30 out of the mud or snow. It had smaller tires and got stuck easily. I also replaced the bushing on the steering wheel with a teflon bushing that I made. It took all the vibration out of the wheel. I loved the old beast. I wish I still had it.
    Fritz Keysser wrote on Sunday, April 19, 2009 (PDT):
  • Anyone know where I could find a narrow rear end for a F-20 Hoping to find something close to Missouri. Thanks
    Ken Sperle wrote on Monday, April 13, 2009 (PDT):
  • I just purchased a Farmall F-20. I need to pick it up in another state. Would someone who owns one tell me how wide will a trailer have to be to accomodate the F-20 Thanks, Ken
    Jim Balsillie wrote on Friday, March 27, 2009 (PDT):
  • I would like to know the year of manufacture of an F20 Serial Number;10599NW
    Marlin Wade wrote on Sunday, February 22, 2009 (PST):
  • I have a 1940 F 20 with a hyd.system .I would like an operaters manual for that and any suggested uses for that system on the F 20. Any help would be appreicated.
    Mark Van Der Veer wrote on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 (PST):
  • My friends tractor was running prior to sand blasting and painting, now it dosent have a spark. Any ideas where to start
    Charles Craig wrote on Monday, May 19, 2008 (PDT):
  • We had an F20 when I was a child born in 1938 . It was on steel and I remember the big polished steel lugs. The we cut off the lugs and welded on rims and put on rubber tires. Made for a much more modern looking tractor, but with less character. Then we traded for an M . We were really uptown then!
    k hammer wrote on Sunday, March 09, 2008 (PDT):
  • wondering if anyone has or knows where i can get steel wheels for f-20 prefer spade lugs
    James Hinton wrote on Saturday, December 22, 2007 (PST):
  • I have 2 F-20 tractors that I am willing to sell parts off of, or would sell them to be restored. I know there is a rebuilt head as well as new pistons and sleaves and also 2 other heads. You can contact me at 270-668-5326 in north central KY. Thanks.
    James Cunningham wrote on Monday, December 17, 2007 (PST):
  • If you still have the 1937 F20 Farmall that you listed in September 2007, I would like to ask some questions about it and would also like to know where you are located. You can contact me by phone at 903-577-8065. Thank you.
    M Poss wrote on Monday, October 08, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 1938 F-20 that i need brake cables for and also need to know how they attach to the brakeshaft. can anyone help me
    nick mac wrote on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 (PDT):
  • we are restoring a 1939 f-20 how can we, if its possible, change it from crank to eletric start any help/ ideas would be greatly appreciated it is an FFA project THANK YOU
    Kami Garner wrote on Thursday, September 06, 2007 (PDT):
  • My Mother has a 1937 F20 Farmall that doesn t run and the tires are no good. It is all rusty and it has a Buckhorn cast iron seat on it. Can you tell me what the value might be or where I could find it. She is needing to get rid of it. Thank you.
    jerry fjelsted wrote on Sunday, August 19, 2007 (PDT):
  • i have two f20 for sale both complete but stuck ,will sell for 900.00
    jerry fjelsted wrote on Sunday, August 19, 2007 (PDT):
  • i have two f20 for sale both complete but stuck ,will sell for 900.00
    Dan Cleaves wrote on Saturday, August 04, 2007 (PDT):
  • I recently found an old farmall along the Ohio River. It is blue faded gray and is either and F-20 or F-30. It is on private property, has snake skins in the radiator cap opening and so grown over I can barely get a tape measure back into it but the valve cover measures 20 long. Is the valve cover longer on the F-30 If it s a 30 I ll probably make a run at the owner about selling it.
    julie lon wrote on Saturday, July 21, 2007 (PDT):
  • Hi--Dad recently restored an F-20...we believe it was one of the first ones...any idea how we find the value
    Linden Utsey wrote on Friday, July 06, 2007 (PDT):
  • I am still looking for some pictures of the F-20.I have a new decal set for my tractor but don t know where some of them go.Any help would be appreciated. linden.utsey at
    Buster wrote on Monday, June 25, 2007 (PDT):
  • Please help me find My F-20! Last seen in good shape in western PA. It has highway tires and a 3 speed trans. Motor and frame # don t match. it is about a 36 or 37.
    Linden Utsey wrote on Sunday, June 17, 2007 (PDT):
  • I am about ready to paint a Farmall F-20.I need a picture to show me where the original decals were .Maybe a close up shot if anyone has one.Thanks.
    John Osborne wrote on Saturday, June 16, 2007 (PDT):
  • Picture of F-20 and thresher; steel wheels, etc. Let me know if you can tell me the age from the photograph; email me to receive the photograph.
    Adam Singleton wrote on Monday, October 16, 2006 (PDT):
  • Question? Where can I get a roadgear for a 37 F-20? If any one can help me please e-mail me. Thanks Adam Singleton Knox IN.
    Paul Deatz wrote on Thursday, October 12, 2006 (PDT):
  • Did the very last model of the IHC Farmall F-30 come out with a road gear. What was its top speed? Did it come out with starter and lights?
    David Gilbert wrote on Thursday, September 28, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have a F-20 ser. #FA44974, we are restoring and we would like to know the year aand color, we are the only owner and it goes back 5 generations. Thank you
    Ron Steffler wrote on Monday, August 28, 2006 (PDT):
  • Question?I am not an engine mechanic!! I use a 460 Farmall for pulling, I feel that the RPM's could be increased and or the governor set up.Why does the governor rev real high when I pull the throttle back but when I need more rpms when i near the end of a pull I dont get it. Is there any thing I can do to adjust the carb and or the governor?/ I appreciate any help I can get. Thank you, Ron
    Harry Nicholls wrote on Sunday, August 06, 2006 (PDT):
  • I learned to drive on an F-20 when I was 10 in 1942. I later ploughed with it,spun potatoes, cut cornwith it's powerdrive and pulling a binder. I crushed oats with its pulley. Beutiful power lift. I was away from the area (Norfolk Fens England)for some years but found she was being used belt driving a corn dryer right up to the 1990's. She is now being restored. Not bad at 65 !
    Bob Magee wrote on Sunday, June 25, 2006 (PDT):
  • CORRECTION - Looking for the bottom half intake for karosene manifold for an F20. Part No. 5262-D. Thank you.
    bob magee wrote on Friday, June 23, 2006 (PDT):
  • looking for bottom half intake for karo. nanifold part no. 5263-d thank you bob
    Doug Huffman wrote on Thursday, June 08, 2006 (PDT):
  • F-20 electric start yes you can tell my my email address I have been a die hard John deere fan for all of my 27 years however i have just been given my granddads 1936 farmall f-20 which he baught brand new i plan to start restoring it next year Dose any one know of a company who sells a electric start kit for it I have seen my dad go flying across the barn trying to hand start it thanks Remember green rules but my granddads f-20 ranks up at the top also!!!!!
    Mark wrote on Thursday, April 13, 2006 (PDT):
  • Have a extra engine for a farmall F20, if anyone is interested.
    Billy Spoon wrote on Friday, March 17, 2006 (PST):
  • If I ever saw a F20 for sale and in good shape I would pay $1000-1500 for it.
    Jim Turner wrote on Thursday, January 26, 2006 (PST):
  • I have a 39 F-20 trying to restore it, I need a gast tank among other things where is a good place for F-20 parts
    Wayne Sovocool wrote on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 (PST):
  • I am creating a picture collage of all the Farmall tractors I grew up with in Western NY. So far I have good pictures of an F-20, H and M, but am still searching for an F-12 (preferably with steel wheels), a 400 (narrow front end)and a 560. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Loren Rausch wrote on Thursday, October 27, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have 2 39 F-20s. One has been housed throughout its life, the second not which I just bought. I have an owners manual for it, very useful!! V-fan belts indicates that they are both 39s. I used the best 20 for pulling wood wagons, making fence and for nursery work as I have an add-on toolbox. The governor real responds well under load and it has a road gear infront on the transmission and really hauls tail!! Faster than my 3020!! My other 20 I just bought and is froze up. I have removed the valve cover and Liquid Wrenched the springs up and under, and the pushrods. Also did the spark plug holes after taking out plugs. Parked my JD 3020 parallel to it and engaged the crank on the 20 and rapped a chain around it and a "come along" to the end of the chain and to the 3020 frame and applied some pressure and holding now for the Marvel Mystery oil& Liquid Wrench to work. This 20 needs a fan shroud, a toolbox under the tank and the motor freed up & tires. Drawbar shows very little wear. On the hood on top by the radiator cap is a bracket that looks like it had a generator attached to it. Also the belt pulley on the crankshaft has 2 slots--one for the v fan belt and the other apparently for the generator that used to be there. This one also has the mag missing but I got one--the right one to go on. If it turns out as good as my good one gosh I'd be happy. Anybody got a fanshroud and a tool box that is relatively decent?? Algoma, WI
    Mark Hill wrote on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a 1938 F-20. I'm looking for a set of cast iron draw bar connectors that connect the draw bar to the backside of the wheel housing. Thanks.
    Joe wrote on Sunday, October 02, 2005 (PDT):
  • Does anybody know where to get an exhaust manifol that has the lever that diverts the exaust to run distillate, mine is cracked and rozen Thanks
    Ernie Wolf wrote on Monday, August 08, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a 1939 F-20 for sale . Thank You
    rodney koelmel wrote on Sunday, August 07, 2005 (PDT):
  • would like to know what the price of a 1933 f 20 that is complete and is in good shap and runs
    merle mabie wrote on Friday, July 29, 2005 (PDT):
  • iam restoring a f-30 had good luck finding parts at rice eq,inc20 north sheridan road,clarion pennsylvania 16214. phone 814-226-9200
    Elliott wrote on Sunday, June 26, 2005 (PDT):
  • This was my first tractor that I ran when I was 9 for vmy dad. I loved them. Just got 1 last week and going to restore it. What is the right color code to paint this? Thanks and this looks real good.
    Gary wrote on Saturday, March 26, 2005 (PST):
  • I'm starting a rebuild of my F20 which has been sitting with the head off for 20 years or so. Where can I post a picture history of the rebuild?
    les mack wrote on Monday, February 28, 2005 (PST):
  • does anyone have the number for the grey paint that farmall used on all the early tractors? also looking for a pair of front spoke wheels for a '36 f-20. thanks
    andy andersen wrote on Sunday, January 09, 2005 (PST):
  • im looking for an old farmall i live in michigan if anyone has one they could seel me let me know feel free to e-mail me. let me know if there is any for sale around here
    Everett wrote on Sunday, August 29, 2004 (PDT):
  • Still have the F20 that my father bought new in 1938. When it became mine the engine was apart. I put a Case diesel in it out of a case 310 loader. Much quieter and a little faster--though not the torque. Spent many hours in the field
    phillip steinmetz jr. wrote on Monday, July 26, 2004 (PDT):
    Brandon wrote on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 (PDT):
  • Our family has had a farmall F-20 for three generations. My Great Grandpa,Had drug this tractor out of the trees one day and started tinkering on it.It wasn't long and he had it running. he re-painted it and put it in a musium. it was taken out of the musiam 11 years later. then it sat in our garadge for another 4 years. then one day we set our mind to it, we where going to get it running. within a mater of ours it was running like a top.
    Byron wrote on Sunday, June 20, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have a f-20 international There is a number on left side of the cluch would that be serial number if not where would it be . And how can I tell what year it is any help would be appreciated.
    daniel wrote on Friday, June 18, 2004 (PDT):
  • I Have a 1923 McCormick-deering Farmall Tractor.Made by International harvester company.simualer to the Farmall F-20,I would like to sale it,but have no Information or history on it. If you could send me more info, it would be greatly appreciated.Like I said the tractor is for sale.
    Terry wrote on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 (PDT):
  • what is a F-30 in original condition worth..........
    Brad Webb wrote on Monday, May 24, 2004 (PDT):
  • I am looking at purchasing an F-20 that has been completly restored; can anyone tell me what an average price would be for a 36 model.
    Tony Burgei wrote on Monday, May 03, 2004 (PDT):
  • Where can I find an electric start system for a Farmall F-20
    Leonard Rahilly wrote on Saturday, April 10, 2004 (PDT):
  • I spent many happy hours on a cousin's 1936 F-20 back in the 40s and early 50s. A few years ago, I came across one of that vintage in a used-machinery dealer's yard, and after putting in some new valves, found that it ran pretty well. It was on my father's farm in NJ, and one summer day when I was there, I decided to see if the old magic was still alive. A meadow needed bushhogging, so I hooked up the old beast to see if it was still a joy to drive an F-20. The meadow was overgrown in those spiky rushes that grow in clumps that we used to call "hassocks." In other words, a pretty rough ride on any tractor. Well, the F-20 was not designed for comfort (I sort of knew that when I was a teenager, but all that was overridden by the thrill of operating such a powerful, bellowing bull of a tractor). The seat sticking out the back means that every upward movement of the front wheels means a quick downward movement of the seat, and vice-versa. There is also no good place to put your feet; either you pull your knees up halfway to your face and put your feet on the axle housing, or you drop them over the axle housing and try to find a spot somewhere near the transmission cover. In the latter case, your ankles bounce against the sharp edge of the rear axle housing. Decidedly not comfortable for a long ride. That particular day, I lost my boyhood nostalgia to some extent. The hassocks brought back just how rough a rider this tractor is, and of course, without a muffler, the noise is just short of deafening when the tractor is working hard. The steering on the F-20 is a decided improvement over the open gearing of the original Farmall (the gearing on the original is exposed, and after a few years, tends to get pretty sloppy; there is also no protection against kickback, so ruts or furrows can get a thumb or even an arm if you drop into one unexpectedly; the F-20 steering gear is not immune to kickback, but it seems to be less dangerous because the gear wheel has to work against a worm). One thing I remember vividly is that the iron wheel gives a kind of "live" feeling to the steering of the F-20; it is even possible to spin it a bit in a quick turn, which is something that is impossible with the later models with a rubber steering wheel--not enough mass to give a flywheel-effect. The steel-wheeled F-20 was designed to pull two 14" plows in second gear at about 3 mph. I never used one on steel, but I have spent over 10 years on a steel-wheeled (McD) 10-20 (approximately the same horsepower) and I can testify in court that it could not pull two 14's any faster than the about-three mph of second gear (the steel wheels absorb a lot of the engine power--as much as 35 percent, I believe). When the F-20 was converted to rubber, it became a roaring fighting bull, because so much more of the engine power went to the wheels(engine; probably about 28 or 29 on gasoline; it produced about 27 at Nebraska on distillate--only 23 on kerosene)(rubber, by my estimates after looking at Nebraska Tractor Tests, robs 10-15% of the engine power, depending to some extent, I think, on the amount of slippage). The usual size tire to replace the 40" steel wheels was 36", which gave an effective diameter of about 48"--quite a much larger wheel. I estimate second gear on 36" rubber to give nearly 4 mph, compared with about three on the 40" steel wheels. This tractor on rubber pulled two 14" plows with ease at that speed (this is like being able to plow one gear higher). The ride was atrocious, as I have mentioned above about my experience in the meadow. The noise out that big elbow exhaust was deafening. At 1200 rpms full-load, you can almost hear every explosion. Because the standard-tread F-20 is so wide, the plow has to be hooked off to the right side, with the result that the steering is constantly pulling to the right. There was no relaxation while plowing with this beast! With other jobs, like disking, a center hitch meant that you could relax a bit, but you still had to look out for furrows or other dips that might pull the steering out of your hands. It appears that the 36" rims were chosen to clear the brake drums. Anything smaller meant that the wheels had to be turned out, making the tractor even wider than it was meant to be. IHC offered 28" wheels, as well. You can see in photos of these tractors that the wheels were always turned out. This must have put some strain on the axles. One of the advantages of the smaller wheels would have been ground speeds about like the original steel-wheeled tractors. I used to drive my cousin's F-20 while pulling a PTO-driven combine. Low gear, which originally had been around 2 mph, must have been close to 3 mph on the 36" wheels. This worked pretty well most of the time, but every once in a while, you'd hit a patch of heavy, green weeds, and WHUMP! the combine would bog down. A slower ground speed might have given the combine time to digest the weeds better. With a PTO-driven combine, the only way to stop the machine and keep it spinning was to kick the tractor out of gear while it was moving. This was very difficult with a load on the PTO. If you were quick enough, and saw the weeds in time, you could blip the throttle closed, kick the gear lever forward, then open the throttle. The throttle and gear lever are on the same side; it's pretty difficult to blip the throttle with your right hand, push the gear lever to neutral, and open the throttle, all in the blink of an eye--otherwise, it's time to get off and unclog the combine cylinder!) On the other side of the coin, the large rear wheels gave the F-20 a pretty good "road gear" (at least for its day). I estimate that at full throttle, without a load (the engine speed goes up to just below 1400 rpms), the F-20 could slide along at close to six mph. On the rough roads that were so common back in the 30s and 40s, this made a pretty good speed to pull a loaded wagon, to take the tractor to a field a mile away, or drive to a relative's farm a couple of miles away to help out with a harvest. I remember the painfully slow third gear of my father's F-12 (about 4 mph, full throttle), and was always delighted when I could run an F-20 full bore along a road. Everything is relative, of course. After we got an H, the old 20 seemed incredibly slow. The H and M can do almost 18 mph at no-load governed speed, and at this speed, you really can feel some wind (as I got a little more mature, I didn't like driving the H wide open on the road--some wear had developed in the steering gear and the front wheels would wobble at an alarming rate when the tractor was opened up). The F-20 is an example of what I call "early" designs; it uses a big, slow-turning engine, which does not produce a lot of horsepower because of the low-speed, but it does put out a lot of torque. With a normal load, it was rare that the tractor did not have enough torque to pull through a spot of stiff clay or other overload, without shifting down. Compare this with a Farmall H (152 cubic inches displacement, compared to about 221 for the F-20). With an H, any overload meant an immediate downshift, because there wasn't much torque. Incidentally, the early Farmall gave a very low output in the only Nebraska test to which it was subjected; I believe this is because it used a 1" carburetor. Later models used 1-1/4", or the same size as an F-20. I had a few occasions to use a '29 Farmall on rubber, and I don't think it produced much less power than an F-20. Much was made of the new manifold and updraft carburetor when the F-20 came out. IHC claimed 15% more power, but they did not say if that meant compared to the early Farmall tested at Nebraska, or to a late model with the 1-1/4" carburetor. A few comments on restorations; 1. I have seen very few F-20s at shows with the original hot manifold (kerosene-distillate). These usually burned out, but the tractors were still going strong after 20 or thirty years, so farmers replaced the manifold with after-market manifolds designed for gasoline only. These are easily spotted because the intake pipes are pretty much separate from the exhaust manifold, so that the intake mixture does not expand too much. The original hot manifold was a massive casting with most of the induction pipes buried inside the casting. Even Ertl's so-called "Precision" F-20 missed this point. They probably looked at a real F-20, but it is unlikely that they knew much about the tractor. Another point about restorations; The rubber steering wheel probably came out sometime in 1937 (I have no data, but the '36 I owned and the one I used to drive both had iron wheels). Many restorations use iron wheels, which must be easy to find because they don't disintegrate. This looks a little strange coupled with the beautiful cast-iron rear wheels that came out late in the life of the F-20 (IHC publicity photos always show the cast-iron wheels along with a rubber steering wheel). Other restorers have replaced the rubber wheel with an open-spoked steering wheel from an H or M. Works, but definitely not kosher. Perhaps somebody is now producing authentic rubber-covered steering wheels for the IHC tractors of the late 30s? Governors; The original F-20 had a "throttling governor," identical to the design of the later original Farmalls (which had 2 styles of governor; the early one had open arms and rods leading to the carburetor; sometime around 1927, I'd guess, all the governor components were enclosed). In 1937, I believe (this can be checked with serial numbers), International came out with a "variable governor" for a number of the tractors with engines like the F-20's (10-20, W-30, F-30). This is the model with the notched pull-rod on the LEFT side of the gas tank. "Variable" in this sense means that the governor functions within a certain range of speeds, from full open to just above idle. The earlier governor on all tractors with this type engine did NOT govern below the full-throttle position. I have vivid memories of pulling a hay rake with an F-20, at part throttle in one of the higher gears. Every downgrade meant that the engine speeded up, and every upgrade meant that the engine slowed down. A variable governor would have controlled the engine speed. The control rod on the variable-governor model is connected via a cross-rod just behind the engine to a series of levers that eventually join up with a pull-rod that comes out of the rear of the governor housing. IHC made a retro-fit variable governor for these tractors, which had a special governor lid that held a bracket for the necessary lever. With this model, the governor-control notched rod was on the RIGHT side of the gas tank. It is a pretty elegant design for a retro-fit. There were other, similar governors sold by independent farm-supply stores (I remember one, Central Tractor). These usually had a lesselegant control setup than the IHC model. Sometimes when the variable governor was installed, no one bothered to take off the original throttle lever just in front of the steering wheel. Just behind the governor housing on the variable type, there is a little bellows which seals the governor from the outside, while still allowing the control rod to move in and out. I remember seeing a model (Ertl?) some years ago with both the bellows and the original throttle lever! (another case of copying something without understanding it). The same company even produced a "Regular" Farmall model with the bellows! This was only possible if the original governor had been replaced with the retrofit. In any case, the bellows doesn't belong on an authentic original Farmall (don't misunderstand me--the variable governor was wonderful, and I would certainly want it on a tractor that was meant to be used). I don't claim to be the last word on F-20 information, but I have some references to look things up in (parts book and a few old sales brochures), and would be happy to share any information I have.
    Ed Miller, Sr wrote on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST):
  • As a child growing up on a 160 acer farm in van Wert county Ohio, I "cut my teeth" on one of these F-20's. We had several and other then the first one bought by my great uncle Bert, I can't remember that we ever paid more then $75.00to $125.oo for any of them. I remember well getting my knuckles wrapped by that hard steel steering wheel when thoes front wheels dropped in a plowed futtow. But BOY would I give almost anything for thoes good old days again. And for another F-20>
    Thomas E. Scher wrote on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 (PST):
  • Looking for a F-20 don't know what year like my father's. I remember it had short wheels with a spoked hub.Can anyone help me out with the year or know anyone who might have one for sale.
    everett shively wrote on Sunday, January 25, 2004 (PST):
  • have a 38 f20 that my dad bought new. spent many hours in the seat of that old tractor. it now has a case diesel from a 310 loader to power it. not nearly as much power but goes faster. made a nice conversion the only thing i use it for now is to buzz wood and rekindle menories
    Mike in AZ wrote on Sunday, January 25, 2004 (PST):
  • Just got an F-20 sn FA53942N and was told it is a '36 and was painted grey (it is red now), just want to confirm that is accurate.
    Eric wrote on Monday, January 12, 2004 (PST):
  • I just recently purchesed a 39 F-20 and i would like to know the serial #'s of any one elsees mine is FA 114406
    TAMMERA BRUMLEY wrote on Sunday, December 28, 2003 (PST):
    Rick Reeves wrote on Sunday, December 28, 2003 (PST):
  • I have a picture of my dad and his tractor, pix. dated summer 1941. Some have told me it is a Farmall F-20 but I'd like to get some expert opinions. I can send the picture JPG if I have an address
    dennis l shaffer wrote on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 (PST):
  • just bought some land that came with 2 what i belive are f 20s one has a mounted picker and looks to be intact any ideas of what they are worth locatedin eastern iowa
    Merv Hilliam.......N..Z.. wrote on Monday, November 24, 2003 (PST):
  • Hi there, I have just brought home to the our farm the old Farmall-20 [red] that my Uncle had on this farm when I was a Kid and used to come out here for school holidays. I took over my Uncle,s farm in 6th Feb..1969 and I let it go to a Bloke who was colecting old tractors. I did not know at that stage that I would regret it in years to come. I happened to go to this blokes farm 20-10-03 and saw it in the shed, I reconised it straight away and said it was comming home with me. I rang the asbsent owner that night and said I wanted to Buy it back.....He said O.K.and we agreed on a price of $500-00nz.dollars. He paid $50-00 for it. So I have to get to work and free it up and get it going again...I am so HAPPY to bring it Home on the Dairy Farm as my family has been here scince 1889year.
    Butch Hull wrote on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have a 1935 F-30 It's color is suppose to be a gray on the body and a red on the wheels can any one get me the right name of these colors and the paint codes ? thank you ! I also have a tractor pull Intr. combine with a 10 foot header and a hercules engine . Can any one tell me where I might find the year of it . I think it is in the 30's ?
    Clarence Moss wrote on Sunday, August 31, 2003 (PDT):
  • The F-20 brings back many memories for me as when i was 13 yrs. old my Dad had one that i rode many miles Cultivating Corn, Plowing,Mowing,Discing, and pulling an old Horse Drawn Manure Spreader with, i rode this Old F-20 till i was 18 yrs. old and Graduated from High School in the Ozarks of Missouri. Shortly after that i joined the U.S.A.F. and spent 4yrs. in many spots of america but never returned to farming again but now i am 69 yrs. old and have many fond memories of the day's i spent on that F-20 over those years and i must say that will always be in my memories and when ever i see one i have to stop and look it over and remember those Good Old Day's as it was a great Tractor and still had to crank it to start it as it wasn't converted over to 12 volt system with starter. I am retired now and if i lived in the country i would own one. Thanks for having a web site like this.
    Travis guzel wrote on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 (PDT):
  • You have a nice tractor. I have one but it isn't as sharp as yours.
    BLM wrote on Friday, June 20, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have a 1937 farmall F-20 orchard tractor. Does anyone else have one and know were to get parts.
    GP wrote on Thursday, June 05, 2003 (PDT):
  • ATTN; Jim Lockhart Do all serial numbers match, block (left side), frame rail (left side, top of rail near the clutch housing) and the serial number plate on the tool box? If the numbers don't all match it's possible multiple tractors were put together to make one. The serial number you indicate is a 1935. Perhaps the wheels rusted out and a set from a late model 20 were put on this tractor. Also, a 1935 F-20 would have been painted Farmall Gray originally, they weren't painted red until those produced after Nov 1, 1936. What color is it painted now? If it's red, look for signs of gray underneath. Most F-20's that were repainted in the 40's were repainted red (to match the letter series tractors and later F series).
    Kevin Rowe wrote on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 (PDT):
  • Just starting to restore a 1937 F-20. I am needing to know what paint colors was used on the tractor and the wheels. I am also looking for two rear tires size 12.4 x 36
    Jim Lockhart wrote on Thursday, May 08, 2003 (PDT):
  • I am in need of some info,if anyone could help it would be appreciated.Ok to start off I bought what was said to be a 1939 F 20,serial # "FA 14615" and according the this sites serial # page its a '35.But the back rims are that of a 39 according to all the pics I have seen.If you can help or need a pic of it please email me.Thanks
    tom docteur wrote on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 (PDT):
  • I'm looking for sleeves,bearings,pistons,rods,ect.. for a 1939f-20.serial#1366 87n. Thanks
    john wrote on Saturday, April 26, 2003 (PDT):
  • my dad has a 36 f20 and is rebuilding it and having a good time .any one know where he could get decals and carb. parts
    David McGee wrote on Friday, April 25, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have a 1933 F-20 I am restoring. I need a piston and rod assembly and intake mainfold to complete. Got one? How much?
    Max Moore wrote on Monday, April 21, 2003 (PDT):
  • I was recently given what I am told is a 1936 Farmall F-20. This tractor was purchased by Earl Stuart in Randolph Utah. He bought it new, and before he died, used to tell everyone it was the first rubber tired tractor in Rich County, and was quite proud of the fact. My wife's Dad (who used it alot) says it ran on Distillate, gas or kerosene (?) What the heck is Distillate? Anyway, I'm told the motor was rebuilt, just before being parked. It sat outside in Randolph Utah until last summer. The motor turns over, and I have the original owner's manual, in fair condition. The crank is missing. They had an old tin can over the exhaust pipe, thankfully. What kind of parts support is available for this thing? What's it worth? Is it worth restoring? Any help/advise is appreciated. Thanks, Max
    David Bacastow inTN. wrote on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 (PST):
  • I inherited my grandad's 37 F20 in 93 when my dad died.I have both sets of wheels iron & rubber. I ran this tractor when I was growing up originially in Arkansas city Ks.On a160 acre farm east of town. It would out pull dad's newer Massey Ferguson 444.It would climb a tree if it could get traction.
    Mark F wrote on Saturday, March 08, 2003 (PST):
  • I have a 1939 F-20 on 13.6-36 Firestone field &road tires. She has 3 7/8 "high altitude pistons , a super good valve job, and a nice tight governor. She will pull 3-14 7" deep in 2nd gear in black silty clay loam soil. I bought the F-20 in 1979 when I was starting high school. Parts are easy to find for these . Find an old IH dealer(one that has been in business since before 1950), they sometimes have the parts in inventory. Ask for the oldest parts man , one that still knows how to look at a parts book and read the old file card system. They,ll never find parts in Case's computer system.
    Justin Williams wrote on Friday, March 07, 2003 (PST):
  • I have a F20 that was my great-grandfathers. My grandmother was driving this tractor when my grandfather asked her out on their first date. Myself and my family are looking to restore the F20 soon.
    Jimmy King wrote on Saturday, March 01, 2003 (PST):
  • When I was in High School my Dad and Uncle farmed togather they bought a F 20 at a sale for $150 to pull a bush hog in brush with we used it in the field also along with a Super A and an H The 20 would out pull the H at same speed working ground. I still have it need to get it in some day and restore it.
    Roger Ritchison wrote on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 (PST):
  • I'm looking for a restorable Farmall F-30.Doesn't necessarily have to run. Reasonable price. Have a Regular, F-12,F-14,F-20. Need an F-30 to complete my collection
    Chuck Gross wrote on Thursday, February 06, 2003 (PST):
  • i recently obtained an f-20, the serial tag is missing. The motor is blown up, and i am having a heck of a time tring to find one.. Any help would be great. thanks
    Candace Lynch wrote on Friday, January 31, 2003 (PST):
  • My son wants to locate the F-20 or 350 his grandfather had. The F-20 was probably bought in the early 40's, the 350 would have been in 1952 or '53 from White Implements in Connersville, Indiana. We don't know the serial numbers but hope someone would have some idea where to begin to trace these old tractors. Are there archives that show serial numbers for a particular series and a way to trace sales to a particular dealer?
    Paul Vanderhoof wrote on Sunday, January 26, 2003 (PST):
  • My dad had one of these (I'm nearly certain) and always wanted to restore it. It's still sitting behind the barn in rough shape no doubt. The clutch was different from others in that instead of pushing it forward with the left foot, you had to pull it back. Same model? Also, I'd like to reproduce this picture but am having trouble getting the 'postcard'. Thanks.
    Leonard Rahilly wrote on Thursday, January 23, 2003 (PST):
  • A reader asked about horsepower ratings for F-20. This system of numbers goes way back to the early days of tractors. When two numbers are used, the first one is the "rated drawbar horsepower" (75% of maximum in the Nebraska tests) and the second number is the "rated belt horsepower" (85% in Nebraska tests). These ratings are conservative, so that the user will not load up the tractor to the absolute maximum, leaving a bit of extra power for tough spots in the field. A 10-20 pulls 2 14" plows in second gear (on steel), and runs about a 22" thresher. A 15-30 pulls three plows and runs a bigger thesher. The actual maximum horsepower can be quite a bit above the rated. An F-20 on distillate put out over 27 belt horsepower, but is rated at 20 (F-20 refers to the belt horsepower; this tractor would be rated 10-20 if both numbers had been used). One of the things that was obvious to users of these old tractors is that the ratings were no longer very accurate when the tractor was put on rubber. Rubber tires return more power to the ground. An F-20 would pull 2 14" plows at about 4 mph (second gear, 36" tires), whereas on steel it was designed to pull these two plows at about 3 mph, like most steel-wheeled tractors of the day. An interesting case of number changes occured when IHC increased the bore of the 15-30, got more power, and changed the rating of the same tractor to 22-36 (about 1929, I believe--you can check this in the Nebraska tests, where the tractor is called "15-30" but the larger bore is shown in the specifications). W-30, F-30, W-40; the numbers refer to the rated belt h.p. One of the reasons why the rated drawbar horsepower is about half is that the very early tractors (chain drive, sleeve bearings in the gearbox, etc.) really didn't put much more than half the engine power to the wheels. Check the Nebraska test for IHC Titan 10-20. The engine put out about 28 hp on the belt, but I seem to remember that the drawbar horsepower was about 12! You always see pictures of these tractors hooked to 3-bottom plows, but you have to realize that the ground speed was very low; several plows can be pulled very slowly; when speed up, the draft rises sharply and not so many plows can be pulled. The Titan, incidentally, was rated as a 10-20, even when the engine put out nearly 30 on the belt!
    leonard rahilly wrote on Thursday, January 23, 2003 (PST):
  • Someone asked about F-30 sleeves in an F-20. No can do. The F-20 bore is 3-3/4", while the F-30 is 4-1/4". Someone else asked about a carb loading up. I would look very carefully at the needle valve and seat. If they are new, then check the float level carefully. I know that measurements are available in shop manuals. If not available, you could try lowering the float a little at a time. This carb is duck soup to take apart and put back together, so you could experiment with the float level several times in an hour or two. My dad had an H that had a worn float valve. It would flood on starting every time if you even touched the choke. Ran ok once it was going, but you could count on loading up the engine if you didn't start it just right. Are the needle valves in good shape. If the idle and power needles are worn, no amount of cussing will make them control the mixture the way you want them to.
    toy farmer man wrote on Friday, January 17, 2003 (PST):
  • My gramdpa started farming with a F-20. Then he sold it. Well down the road my dad and grandpa went to asale. They got to taking to some people and they found. That it was my grandpas old F-20. The sale started and my dad baught it. The F-20 sat in the corner of the sed. We got it out and bratet to are house. It then sat in are sed for a fuw years. Then we moved and it sat in the garage. Two years ago are town had its centeneal my dad had it restored. My Uncal drove it throw the parade. Now we drive it in parade. It sour runs good. Sow go red.
    Harold wrote on Friday, December 27, 2002 (PST):
  • I own a 1938 f-20 with electric start, foot brakes,hydraulics, and road gear. Good tractor
    Dave Olson wrote on Saturday, December 21, 2002 (PST):
  • Want to purchase an F-20 with electric start, foot brakes, on rubber. Can give a little TLC but not major. Just want to putt around. I'm located in East Central Illinois. Email or phone 217-427-5557. Thanks, Dave Olson
    tom mills wrote on Monday, December 16, 2002 (PST):
  • my dad recently inherited my great grandfathers f-20 farmall we would like to know the year of it and arent able to figure it out the serial # is 1565da any info on this would be a great help
    Jenny Applegate wrote on Friday, November 22, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 1935 F-20 I desperatly need wheels for if anyone could assist me with these please comment.
    William Dorn wrote on Tuesday, November 19, 2002 (PST):
  • I am in need of an engine block for an F-20.I have a nice tractor that is old but nearly complete.It will be a nice project but I need the block. Any help would be appreciated.Thanks.
    Jon Grimsley wrote on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 (PST):
  • I have finally gotten my great grandpas 1938 f-20 engine is stuck and has not moved for 28 years. the rear wheels have rusted and collapsed I am going to restore it and my father is helping me he used it as a kid and it is very important to me since i dont remember my grandfather. it has a road gear and is all complete with nothing missing. but how will i find rear wheels for it i think they are 34 inch tires and wheels. and where do i start this is my first tractor and i think i am going to get a education. Help please.
    Russell Leib wrote on Saturday, November 09, 2002 (PST):
  • I just really enjoyed this page. Thanks! I remember as a kid I ran an F20 reg. many hours a day. I especially remember getting a rock between the two rows cleats and how easy the wheels spun. O the fun. Now I am currently restoring a late f20 and need a drawbar. If anyone can help me, please let me know.
    Tom Dickison wrote on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 (PDT):
  • We had two F-30's when I grew up. One was on rubber, the other on steel. We used them both as compactors in bunker silos. I have been trying to find a picture of an F-30, no luck yet!
    Joel Rhoades wrote on Thursday, October 17, 2002 (PDT):
  • My father used one on his farm south of York, Nebraska. We used to drive it all the time and it would start easily with the first or second crank. My brothers would have a contest on who could start it with the least cranks. We had to sell it at a farm sale in 1982, while I was in the Army. I would like to get it back and restore it, if possible. I don't know who bought it. How can I find out and find it? Please help if you can.
    Joel Rhoades wrote on Thursday, October 17, 2002 (PDT):
  • My father used one on his farm south of York, Nebraska. We used to drive it all the time and it would start easily with the first or second crank. My brothers would have a contest on who could start it with the least cranks. We had to sell it at a farm sale in 1982, while I was in the Army. I would like to get it back and restore it, if possible. I don't know who bought it. How can I find out and find it? Please help if you can.
    Loren Furland wrote on Sunday, October 06, 2002 (PDT):
  • My family owned a 1936 F-20 purchased in 1936 and sold in 1952.It was battleship grey, had 2 hand operated brakes and was converted from steel wheels to rubber tires in about 1949. I remember a heavy cast iron steering wheel which could be spun when the tractor was running ar 4 to 6 mph and the operator could simultaneously jerk the brake to turn a square corner quickly. It had a magneto and hand crank starting, with no lights.
    travis etheridge wrote on Friday, September 13, 2002 (PDT):
  • Bought a 1929 F-20, so the man said. Suspect it is a '32 model. Did the '29 10-20 look similiar? If so,perhaps that is what I have. Intend to restore it.
    Len Freeman wrote on Monday, August 05, 2002 (PDT):
  • We had a 10-20, 2 H's which we still own, some M's and then several other later model IH machines, but I got to drive our neighbors F-20 on several occassions when I was a teen. My favorite part was the automatic brakes - some of you will remember - when the fron wheeel turned just so far it pulled a cable that engaged the brake on the appropriate side. Do that real fast and man what a ride. The 20 was not for the faint of heart. I'm almost done restoring a 1938 JD model D. I can hardly wait to get back to something red - maybe an F-30.
    Tim May wrote on Saturday, July 20, 2002 (PDT):
  • lookin for a f-20 in new Zealand if any body has one send me an e-mail
    Leonard J. Rahilly wrote on Friday, July 12, 2002 (PDT):
  • I spent a lot of time on an F-20 in the 40s, and have owned a couple since 1980 (sadly, had to sell them when I moved into town last year). A really rough riding beast, with steering that was fairly easy but could break your arm if you hit a rut and were leaning through the spokes of the wheel, as lots of people used to do. Tremendous torque. Everybody said that the Farmall H couldn't keep up with an F-20, and I'm here to tell you it's true. The F-20 was designed to put out about 15 horsepower at the drawbar ON STEEL WHEELS. When it was converted to rubber, it became a roaring, snorting beast. I estimate the drawbar horsepower to be about 23 on rubber and burning gasoline. That is several more than the drawbar horsepower of a rubber-tired H. Besides, the engine has 221 cubic inches, versus 152 for the H, so there is a huge amount of torque. I used to love the beast. A few years ago, I bought an old F-20 and took it out in a rough meadow to do some "bushhogging." Wow, what a rough ride! I still admired the old gal, but I sure wouldn't want to do a lot of farm work with one today! Indestructible machinery--everything heavily made, big ball bearings on the crank, huge gears in the transmission and final drive.
    Brian Theis wrote on Sunday, June 30, 2002 (PDT):
  • I'm interested in finding a restorable F-20 like my grandfather used. I'm located in Central Minnesota.
    Wally wrote on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have 2 f20's which i'm going to make one good tractor out of, I'm looking for some good tires at a good price does anyone know where i could find some?
    A Thomas from new zealand wrote on Saturday, June 15, 2002 (PDT):
  • One of my friends has a 1937 Farmall F20 that he has restored about 20 years ago. I quite like the shape and the way they run. I would like to perchase it one day.
    John C. Burns wrote on Friday, June 14, 2002 (PDT):
  • We had a 1938-9 F-20. It had individual brake pedals instead of brake handles. Does anyone know when McCormick went to individual brake pedals?
    Tom Fesenmyer wrote on Thursday, June 13, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have a 1938 F-20 that I enter in antique tractor pulls. It's lots of fun. I'm looking for a low speed low gear (16 teeth p/n 29849D)and low speed sliding gear (36 teeth p/n 29850D). If I can't find these I suppose I'll try smaller tires. My F-20 has a lot of power, but not enough to turn the big 38" tires.
    Adam Seitz wrote on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 (PDT):
  • Does any one know how to time an F-4 Magneto on a Farmall F-20.
    Brad Knott wrote on Saturday, June 08, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have a newly restored 1936 F-20. The front packing leaks comes where it comes out of front of transmission. I put in new packing, but still leaking. Is there a secret to installing packing or does anyone have any ideas.
    Gary wrote on Thursday, April 11, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have two or three gas tanks for f-20 i think or of them is for a regular.
    Gary wrote on Thursday, April 11, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have two or three gas tanks for f-20 i think or of them is for a regular.
    JASON wrote on Friday, March 22, 2002 (PST):
    Jeremey wrote on Sunday, March 10, 2002 (PST):
  • I bought a 39 f20 with a electric start and was wondering where the battery would be located? There is no battery box on the tractor. The tractor also has a belly pump and lights. Kind of a rare f20. If anyone has a idea let me know.
    curtis king wrote on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 (PST):
  • i have aF-20 i need to know what year it is serial number is fa2393 so i can the pant it needs i need 11-36 tires have ex parts for sale maybe look to buy a runing F-14 or a 10-29 here in texas
    John W wrote on Tuesday, February 05, 2002 (PST):
  • My father just purchased a F20--in good shape and it runs well!--but has two questions--1; what year is serial #fa-137,104-ha? {noted on the engine and frame}. 2--where can one order a parts book or manual for this tractor? Thanks
    Ron W. wrote on Thursday, January 31, 2002 (PST):
  • I Have (2) F-12s or they might be F-20s. They have been siting out in a field for many years. I would like to know what they are worth. I may sell them for the right price. I live in Kansas. Thanks
    Alex wrote on Monday, January 21, 2002 (PST):
  • I am also looking for an f-20 magneto if any one knows of one that i can get a hold of please contact me.
    Randy wrote on Thursday, January 10, 2002 (PST):
  • My dad has a F30 that he bought in the 40's. He was telling me that the 30 only has two main bearing on the crank, no center bearing, is this true with the F20 also.
    Sandy Hanna wrote on Monday, January 07, 2002 (PST):
  • My daughter has a F-20 that is in running condition (hand crank to start). Needs to sell as she can not start it or store it. If interested, please let me know. We are in Wisconsin.
    Herb Zeutenhorst wrote on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 (PST):
  • Would like to know if anyone has a 1939 F20 with foot brakes and 12 mph roadgear for sale Email price and condition Thank You Herb Prefer in Iowa
    Clark Horn wrote on Sunday, November 04, 2001 (PST):
  • Does anyone know what an F-20 weighs?
    Joe Boldt wrote on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 (PDT):
  • looking for a dual fuel manifold for a 37 f20 preferably in A1 shape.
    RandyM wrote on Friday, October 05, 2001 (PDT):
  • I'm restoring a 1937 Farmall F 20 and needing a intake/exhaust,a oil filter housing and magnito. Does anyone have these or can help me.
    Jeff Kendall wrote on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have a 1936 F-20 and need a carburator kit. Live in Gainesville Tx. Would appreciate information on where to get other parts also.
    BRUCE WHITE wrote on Monday, September 03, 2001 (PDT):
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    Jake Hixson wrote on Saturday, August 11, 2001 (PDT):
  • I own a 1938 f-20 that i bought from a older man, it sat in the middle of his corn field for about 12 years and it fired right up. I have completly restored it and now i show and pull with it. The f-20s are very powerfull and like to pull(the hotter it runs the better it pulls).
    jason schott wrote on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 (PDT):
  • would like to restore an F-20 that my grandpa has and would like to know if there are any types of books that are in someway about an f-20? I hope that my grandpa will approve of my idea because the though of leaving a farmall to rust just doesn't seem right. e-mail anything that might be helpful to me at schottfarmer at thanks a lot
    lance davis wrote on Monday, June 18, 2001 (PDT):
  • i noticed your pic. i have a 1931 f30 farmall i need a carbarator for it and i am have a very hard time finding parts for it if you have any suggestions where i might be able to find information on it please e mail me. thanks lance
    johny wrote on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 (PDT):
  • there juck
    MIKE wrote on Monday, June 11, 2001 (PDT):
  • looking for a f-20 or f-30.unrestored running or not.perfer on steel.will consider on rubber witch ever i find first. i live in northern VA. WILL TRAVEL AND CAN PICK UP .
    Chet Ross wrote on Thursday, June 07, 2001 (PDT):
    CHET ROSS wrote on Thursday, June 07, 2001 (PDT):
  • Ihave a F-20 that starts great and runs good for the first 5 or 10 min. then the motor starts to pulsate. I have checked the fule and the screen with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas on whats wrong if so please Email me. Thanks.
    jack connolly wrote on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 (PDT):
  • Just received '37 F-20 from my wife's brother.Where can i get a manual for this tractor?
    carroll loyd wrote on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 (PDT):
  • does anyone know how much compression a f-20 should havethanking you in advance c.loyd
    Pete Zahrt wrote on Saturday, May 05, 2001 (PDT):
  • I need about 5 lugs for a 1939 F-20. Also, anybody with tips to how and make the "whine" of the transmission in road-gear go away, or be silenced somewhat, it would be helpful.
    JAson Schott wrote on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 (PDT):
  • Anybody out there have any idea how to tell a gasoline from a kerosene engine on a F-20? Email me at Schottfarmer at
    JAson Schott wrote on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 (PDT):
  • Anybody out there have any idea how to tell a gasoline from a kerosene engine on a F-20? Email me at Schottfarmer at
    m.kimle wrote on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 (PDT):
  • I had noticed your muffler. It should be shorter and curved at the top just so its over the hood and the tip should be a little past the hole of the hood for the manifold.
    wallace Giggey wrote on Monday, April 16, 2001 (PDT):
  • i have a f20 that is battle ship gray somone told me it was maid in 1928 it has steel wheels and a narrow front end with a 4 diget serail number looking to sell but got no idea how much to ask for it its all running
    matt wrote on Monday, April 16, 2001 (PDT):
  • Does any of you know how to unstick a clutch and a valve on a 37 f20. I would kindly apriciate any help. I am restoring it for a work tractor.
    pat wood wrote on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 (PDT):
  • what is the hp rating on these tractors. is replacement parts obtainable?
    Adam Dinterman wrote on Sunday, March 18, 2001 (PST):
  • I live in the eastern panhandle of wv and would like to buy a farmall f-30. I currently have an F-20 that I pull and would like to add to my collection. Thanks.
    rex a. smith wrote on Friday, March 16, 2001 (PST):
  • i still have a 1939 my dad has 5 more at home they all run too
    Andy Mcferran wrote on Thursday, November 30, 2000 (PST):
  • My father and grandfather bought an 1935 new in 1936 it was on steel. Dad had the steel cut off and rubber put on in 1938 and had the long front steam put in in 1939. Dad had two mounted cornpickers on this tractor and had an MM 69 combine that he did coustom work with. I still have this tractor and plow with at the Boone county plow days we have cleaed and painted twice and we put 1938 cast wheels on the rear the old welded on reams had give up.
    GLEN wrote on Sunday, November 26, 2000 (PST):
  • i have a 1932 f 20 that i would sell. i bought it to restore, lost interest. would sell for $500.00
    Derrick wrote on Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (PST):
  • I am looking for an F-30. Year doesn't matter but would like in running condition.
    Richard Moore wrote on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 1937 Farnall F-20 It is the type with only one front wheel.
    bob pearman wrote on Thursday, November 09, 2000 (PST):
  • I have 3 F-20s that need some tlc and a Massey Harris 22 that I might be persuaded to part with if anyones interested. I had big plans for them but they never worked out.
    Terry Koser wrote on Thursday, November 09, 2000 (PST):
  • Looking for wide front for 1937 F-20,thank you for any help.
    Dave Lovett wrote on Thursday, October 26, 2000 (PDT):
  • I Have a 36 F-20 a man in the Church that I pastor sold it to me.His father bought it new. I have been able to find most parts at my local Case/IH dealer.
    Bill Everts wrote on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 (PDT):
  • I need a piston and rod for a Farmall F20 (1937); standard bore 3.570. Do you know where I can find parts? Thanks.
    Herm Ritenour wrote on Monday, October 02, 2000 (PDT):
  • My dad had two F-20s when I was growing up. They were on steel wheels and then put on rubber later.. Today I would be intrested in buying one on rubber.
    Terry Koser wrote on Saturday, September 23, 2000 (PDT):
  • I own a 1937 F-20,fully restored it was always in our family, the first tractor I ever drove.It was original with the narrow front,I have been thinking about buying a wide front end for it to change its looks once in a while. does anyone know a ball park figure what a half-way STRAIGHT wide front ends are going for? I thank you for any help..
    nita cameron wrote on Friday, September 08, 2000 (PDT):
  • my dad left me a1939 f20 when he passed away. he had put a1950flatheadv8 on it for setting tobacco so it would be geared very husband&i are restoring it. for parades&showesi nedd to know where the decals all go can anyonehelp
    Christopher wrote on Wednesday, August 30, 2000 (PDT):
  • My dad is currently restoring a 1936 F-20. He found it with trees about 6 inches thick coming up through it. He bought it for $50. I help him every once in a while
    RON SMITH wrote on Wednesday, August 23, 2000 (PDT):
    Wm Lewis wrote on Friday, August 18, 2000 (PDT):
  • I need a fuel pump diaphram for a F12 tractor. Any help would be appreciated
    RAY HOLTGRAVE wrote on Friday, August 11, 2000 (PDT):
    Scott Wright wrote on Tuesday, August 08, 2000 (PDT):
  • A tractor was left with the land I bought, it's salvagable but I don't know exactly what it is. I think it's a 1941 farmall f-20, how much would it be worth?
    Kerry Florence wrote on Wednesday, July 26, 2000 (PDT):
  • I grew up on a farm where all the work done on over 200 acres was with 2 F-20's. I loved and hated them and beat them with the crank many times.Many a night we'd be plowing by moonlight with the exhaust gloeing and that old engine cackling, almost like it was talking or singing to you. I've got a few acres now and would like to get one for the farm, it's even more meaningful now that my Dad has passed away. I'd like to hear some other stories.
    Tim Voss wrote on Monday, July 24, 2000 (PDT):
  • For Sale; 1937 F-20. Had new paint and emblems and ran good when I parked it nearly 20 years ago. Has road gear and electric start set-up. If interested, please contact me and make offer. I've enjoyed this site. It brought back memories.
    scott hoersten wrote on Sunday, July 23, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a 1937 Farmall F-20, in search of a flywheel. Where can I locate one?
    marlin r clevenger wrote on Wednesday, May 03, 2000 (PDT):
  • have manuauls on f20 f12 and rumly oil pull
    tracy redd wrote on Saturday, April 29, 2000 (PDT):
  • march 29, 2000 I have 1937 farmall F-20. It run real good. It got a crack outside the engine block. I went to different welding shop and they said they can't weld it, because the crack is too long. and I put putty weld on the block. that keep water from out of the engine. do you think that putty weld will work? I need help to find the engine block. is there anyplace i can find or does anyone know where i can find? thanks.
    Ron J wrote on Thursday, April 13, 2000 (PDT):
  • James N. try the ATIS trsctor list of vendors at they have a listing for a vendor by the name of Miller Tire
    james nielson wrote on Wednesday, April 12, 2000 (PDT):
  • i would like to get 2 back tires for my f-20 tire size is 9.00 x 36 does anyone know where i could find them would thank you for the info
    brian wrote on Tuesday, April 04, 2000 (PDT):
  • need help finding top dead center on #1 piston, no marks on wheel can anbody help.
    Ron J wrote on Monday, April 03, 2000 (PDT):
  • Parts for f-20's are not too hard to come by, the classifieds on this site and antique power magazine and red power magazine usually have some listed as well as dealers ads. If any one would be interested, I have a 1936 F-20 I would be willing to part with, I have 2. It is probably 96% complete on cutoffs/rubber tires.
    Carl E. Chadwick wrote on Sunday, March 19, 2000 (PST):
  • Need air cleaner Need decals for 1936 Farmall F20 narrow tread 10X36 in tires
    Jennifer Dodge wrote on Friday, March 17, 2000 (PST):
  • My husband restored a tractos similiar to this one. However,I'm not sure of the year. Our sons,aged seven and five just love tractors. It's really nice to be able to get on a site and view other farmall tractors. Your tractor is real nice and I am glad that I was able to view it.
    walter robb wrote on Friday, March 17, 2000 (PST):
  • Ihave a chance to buy a 1938 F 20 farmall,are part hard to find for this tractor?
    Daryl Granfield wrote on Friday, March 10, 2000 (PST):
  • The tractor i learned to drive, I am now restoring it. I am the third owner of this tractor, my dad being the second
    Andy Weickert wrote on Saturday, March 04, 2000 (PST):
  • Am looking for a Farmall 20 teeshirt or sweatshirt for a present. Does anyone know where I could purchase one.
    Arin Peters wrote on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 (PST):
  • I`am looking for a farmall tractor perferably a f-30,f-14,f-12 H,or M.To restore, I really want one that doesn`t run,because I like to make them run again,and to me that is the fun part so if anyone has one for sale please let me know.
    Jacob Johansen wrote on Tuesday, February 22, 2000 (PST):
  • For a 4H project I restored my landlords F20. I trided to buy it from it him, but it was his first tractor he bought so he wouldn't sell it. He is 84 years old. So a nabor sold his F20 for 150$ so I am restoring it for a 4H project. I also redide a 1958 460 last year.
    Dan Hackler wrote on Monday, February 21, 2000 (PST):
  • I have found the information I was looking for on my F-20's cast wheels.Restoration is half-way done, have found an abundance of parts in south east NE. All I need is "money"" HA-HA- ENJOY READING THE WEB SITE!!!!
    Dan Hackler wrote on Monday, February 21, 2000 (PST):
  • I have found the information I was looking for on my F-20's cast wheels.Restoration is half-way done, have found an abundance of parts in south east NE. All I need is "money"" HA-HA- ENJOY READING THE WEB SITE!!!!
    Bob Miller wrote on Friday, February 18, 2000 (PST):
  • I have an F-30. It ran the last time we used it in late 70's. I suspect the engine is still good. I learned ALL about magnetos with this old rig. Last time we used was to bump our big pecan trees to make the nuts fall. Don't know how I ever got by without breaking my wrists startin her either. Dad farmed in the 30's in Muskogee county Ok. on an original Creek Indian 100acre alotment farm which is still in the family. I intend to do a full restore on the tractor but would consider sell/trade.
    Kevin Manring wrote on Thursday, February 17, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 1939 F20 when I bought it 5 months ago it started great But now I don't remember how to set the advance on the mag. Up or Down, Does anyone know? Thanks
    Mike Wolfmeier wrote on Saturday, January 29, 2000 (PST):
  • I am restoring a 1937 F-30. Am looking for a gasoline manifold and a new head gasket for it. Any help would be appreciated.
    Steve Shrum wrote on Saturday, January 01, 2000 (PST):
  • Have been restoring a 1937 Farmall F-20.Need help with fan pulley assembly.Does anyone know if there is a spacer that goes in between the two roller bearings inside the fan pulley. The shaft that the two roller bearings slide on to shows a slight groove mark and then it has a space and then another groove mark for the other roller bearing. If any one knows the proper assembly I would apreciate some help THANKS
    George Wiltshire wrote on Wednesday, December 29, 1999 (PST):
  • I have a 1937 F-20 which my father bought new. As a boy & young man I used it quite often on our farm in Virginia. It was slow but could out pull the newer tractors well into the 50's. Sadly it has fallen into disrepair and I am now offering it for parts or retoration. If interested please contact me.
    charles stanton wrote on Wednesday, November 10, 1999 (PST):
  • i need a engine for a farmall F-20(prefer something that (prefer something that could be restored) no preference on the year.517-874-5697
    Steve Wiesner wrote on Friday, October 29, 1999 (PDT):
  • The painted red f-20 was produced starting in 1936. How long did they make the F-20. Also, the F-30 was produced about the same time. Does anyone know the actual production dates of the F-30 (painted red)
    MIKE MCTIGHE wrote on Monday, October 25, 1999 (PDT):
    Garrett Edwards wrote on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 (PDT):
  • We have an old and rusty Farmall F-20. I was thinking about fixing it up. Its in pretty bad shape. I wish to by parts for it. If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks.
    Ed Rusch wrote on Saturday, October 16, 1999 (PDT):
  • Found my F-20 in a junk yard. Runs like a new one and, other than being very rusty, has had a sheltered life I am sure. No "self commencer" and last winter when my truck got stuck, it popped off on the 4th pull at 5 degrees. Paid $800 for it. Going to invest in some paint soon.
    John Horter wrote on Wednesday, October 13, 1999 (PDT):
  • 1935 Farmall F-20 For sale. All restored, nearly new tires, runs great. Need to sell. Best offer. NE South Dakota.
    Charlie Crume wrote on Tuesday, October 05, 1999 (PDT):
  • Looking for a Farmall 10-20.. any one have one or pictures of one.... my Dad started farming with on... thanks
    Erich Henning wrote on Sunday, October 03, 1999 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a farmall f-20. My dad talked about the f-20. That's his dad had once on the farm. Iwould like to find one. for him. preferably one needs some TLC. Any informatoin on finding one would greatly be appreciated by
    Don Schmidt wrote on Sunday, September 05, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have an F-12, which has been in my family for three generations. I am now in the process of restoring it to orginal color . It runs fine & is in great shape.
    Norm Fast wrote on Saturday, August 21, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have recently restored my grandpa's 1939 F20 Farmall and I'm very proud of the results. I'm sure that grandpa would have been proud too. I plan to enter it into some tractor pulls to see what it can do.
    Jerrell Crow wrote on Wednesday, July 28, 1999 (PDT):
  • How hard is it to get parts for a f20 farmall if someone could please tell me.
    David B. Hunter wrote on Tuesday, July 27, 1999 (PDT):
  • My dad restored an F20 prior to his death. I am attempting to ascertain a value on it. As best we can tell, it is a complete restoration. I do not know the year of manufacture but it must be between '32 and '35 b/c it was painted gray. the serial number is 1523-DB. Any info would be appreciated.
    mark paine wrote on Sunday, June 20, 1999 (PDT):
  • i was doing some work on this developer's land and came across this ihc model 20. the owner said that i could have it if i hauled it off. makes very nice "yard art"
    Chuck Heck Aurora IN. wrote on Sunday, April 11, 1999 (PDT):
  • My wife Sherri and I enjoy showing our narrow tread 1937 F-20.

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