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All About McCormick Deering

All About McCormick Deering

Many antique farm and tractor equipment collectors, hobbyists and enthusiasts are fans of McCormick Deering, a line of tractors and farm equipment made by the International Harvester Company between 1923 and 1947. The name harkens back to McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, two farm equipment manufacturers who merged with a few other small companies in 1902 to form the International Harvester Company.

After some legal difficulties, the various models of farm equipment that were being manufactured by the newly created International Harvester Company were merged into one line of equipment in 1923 – the well known McCormick Deering line. This line included farm equipment that ranged from tractors to basic farm tools like hay rakes and manure spreaders. The McCormick Deering line was manufactured until 1947, when it was replaced by a line named only McCormick. Later, the brand name changed to Farmall and eventually became International until the International Harvester Company was sold to Tenneco in 1984.

Original McCormick Deering IHC Tractor Gray

Something of great interest to McCormick Deering enthusiasts and collectors is the special gray paint color used for original McCormick Deering tractors and machines. Original McCormick Deering machines were shipped with gray body paint and red wheels. When weather took its toll on the hardworking machines, their owners typically repainted them with International Harvester Red for visibility. Eventually, the original Tractor Gray color was discontinued in 1936. Slowly, International Harvester Gray, the classic color for original McCormick Deering equipment, faded from use and knowledge.

By the 1960s, few people remembered anything about the gray paint used on original McCormick Deering equipment. No one knew how to mix the exact color, and hobbyists trying to restore antique McCormick Deering machines were forced to substitute other manufacturers’ shades of gray. Then, one collector found two still-liquid cans of the Tractor Gray paint used on McCormick Deering machines in the twenties and thirties for sale on eBay. Thanks to this discovery, McCormick Deering collectors and enthusiasts are now able to replicate this original and antique gray color paint.

Restoring an Antique McCormick Deering Machine

Because the International Harvesting Company officially stopped producing their McCormick Deering brand line in 1947, all McCormick Deering equipment existing today is bordering on antique. If you are a collector or hobbyist looking to restore your very own McCormick Deering tractor or equipment, the internet is full of resources to help you. A Google search for “restoring McCormick Deering” may not be the best place to start, however. There are dozens of McCormick Deering products that exist and are being repaired or restored, and you may not find information specific to your project.

If you are looking for general information on restoration of McCormick Deering machines, a broad Google search is a good place to start. If, however, you already have a McCormick Deering machine you want to start restoring, try a search that includes the model name or number of your McCormick Deering machine. For general information about antique McCormick Deering machines, parts and restoration, visit the hobbyist website McCormick-Deering.com. McCormickDeering.com (without the hyphen) is another independent hobbyist website dedicated to the restoration of and information about McCormick Deering machines.

If you want more general information on antique farm equipment and restoration, or you are looking for a community or message board to meet other McCormick Deering enthusiasts, there are plenty of websites for you as well! FarmCollector.com has information about McCormick Deering machines as well as plenty of other antique and vintage farm equipment. Yesterdaystractors.com features a discussion forum, photo galleries, tractor manuals, a parts store, and much more. Whether you’re just interested in the fascinating history of McCormick Deering or want to start your own restoration project on a beautiful McCormick Deering machine of your own, these websites are a great place to start!

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