The tractor that bailed out Steiger

IH 4366保留了一家漂亮的公司......但这不是你可能认为的公司。这是4月6日2021年4月6日的新老板!

请参阅此拖拉机的拍卖详情

If you’ve followed this blog for more than a couple of posts, you realize that the only tractors I typically write about are ones currently on auction. I’ve been wanting to tell the story of the IH 4366 for a long time, but I needed to wait for one of our TZ auctioneer partners to list one first!

IH 4366的故事与几乎任何其他拖拉机故事不同:它更像是每个弱者电影都卷入其中。关于墙壁的确定是一个很好的故事。

准备好爆米花!

除了这不是在电影集上。这是现实生活。一家公司悬挂在余额中,剧本在法戈中播放。

等......在哪里?收割机没有总部位于北达科他州!

The company that hung in the balance wasn’t Harvester.

这是斯蒂格。

Steiger’s growing pains...

Douglass & Maurice Steiger built a successful business by grit – and healthy doses of torches and welders. By 1969, the growing company had moved into a rented plant in Fargo, and employed more than 20 workers. They had a good thing going and a solid reputation for building tough 4WD tractors.

但是,这并不完美。Steiger自己融入了一个艰难的地方。到70年代初,公司已经很快成了,但他们没有资本让门打开。他们正在为Allis Chalmers和一个名为CO-OP的加拿大公司建造拖拉机,但在开发成本和工资之间,该公司被搁置了现金。他们几乎筋疲力尽了他们的每一信用额度。在1972年的一个观点,他们的一位债权人告诉Steiger的董事会,他们需要在债务完全吞噬他们之前削减诱饵并销售公司。此外,它在他身上变得如此糟糕第一天on the job, Board Chairman Gene Dahl had to pay for a load of Cat motors out of his own pocket!

考虑一切,斯蒂格需要一个奇迹留在商业中。

奇迹

Steiger的奇迹在1972年5月,来自收割机的电话的形式。他们想要拖拉机,他们很快就想要他们。他们想要一个令人着色的拖拉机,如斯蒂格,但是用IH车轴,车轮和电机。在一起,他们在夏天结束时同意了原型。如果原型工作,收割机将提交第一年的225,325,第二个,375。

时间轴很激烈。大多数拖拉机需要多年的发展。收割机在1971年推出了66系列之前至少五年工作。

Steiger had agreed to build the 4366 from the ground up in 110 days.

IHC 4366 fresh from the factory historical image
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4366标有IH四轮驱动(4WD)设计的转折点。虽然4166(现有的4WD模型)使用刚性框架和车轮转向反射IH的4WD方法,但是4366是铰接式拖拉机。

梦之队

那么你如何满足不可能的目标?组装梦之队。你雇了一个农场孩子,并用几个商店搭配他。然后你把他们锁定在一个秘密的场外研讨会上,并告诉他们直到他们有拖拉机。听起来很疯狂,对吗?相信它与否,这是一个真实的故事。IH 4366由三个家伙设计和执行 - 所有Steiger员工 - 其中一个没有在NDSU开始高级的高年!

现在,如果我们完全诚实,那么描述真的很短销售这些家伙。这不是普通团队。斯蒂格知道他们在做什么。

农场小孩是保罗NYSTUEN,这是一个真正锋利的机械工程学生,他在夏天在北达科他州举行的学位时工作。而且,虽然他很年轻,但这不是他的第一个牛仔竞技表。他花了1969年夏天,起草了一个野猫队。

另外两家商店不是你的平均店铺。Jerry Joubert和Al Lieberg可能是公司的两个最佳机械师和金属Fab Guys - 如果不是业内最好的机械师和金属工厂。在里面Red 4WD Tractors book, Steiger’s Marketing guy said that Jerry Joubert was a guy who didn’t need drawings to visualize what could be done with a piece of metal. Guys like that just don’t exist today!

所以,就像我说的那样...... Steier知道他们在做什么。

Keeping the lights on, and expanding into the future...

The dream team delivered, too. Paul Nystuen laid out the IH 4366 with Al and Jerry in the summer of 1972 and, true to their word, they had a prototype ready when they said they would. It wasn’t perfect, but it was soundly engineered and built and, with a couple of tweaks here and there, it was exactly what Harvester wanted.

International Harvester 4366 prototype original image
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This is the prototype IH 4366 as it sat in January 1973. I believe there may have been one or two more minor changes, but basically, this was the production-ready tractor.

The IH 4366 was the tractor that kept the lights on at Steiger. In fact, it did more than that. It gave them enough capital to build a 420,000-square-foot factory capable of turning out one tractor every 18 minutes, too. Furthermore, it began a longstanding partnership that culminated with Case IH purchasing Steiger in 1986.

这个故事的主旨?永远不要低估农场孩子。

善后...

现在,我知道至少有几个读这是思考的,“等等......是的,这是一个伟大的故事和所有人,但4366在出来的时候是一个炎热的混乱!”你有一个点。

The 4366 wasn’t a perfect tractor. In reality, it really was a hot mess. It was well-engineered on Steiger’s side, but there were multiple issues that hurt its sales. A PTO was cost-prohibitive, so it wasn’t included. A tire shortage delayed some of the production. Rim failures were rampant. Axles failed. Furthermore – and this REALLY hurt – there was a fatal flaw in the DT466 engine, which caused about one in four of them to fail!

At the end of the day, though, none of these issues really had much to do with Steiger. Paul, Jerry, and Al had built a pretty impressive product. The failures, ironically enough, were all rooted in components that IH supplied!

IH 4366是为了拍卖......

国际收割机4366拍卖拖拉机右侧
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这4366年在明尼苏达州住在下一个星期二,当它到了一个新的主人!

IH 4366你在这些照片中看到目前在明尼苏达州生活。我与人们有简短的谈话Tony Montgomery Real Estate & Auctionabout it today, in fact. The hour meter doesn’t work anymore, but the seller estimates that it’s got about 3,000 hours on it, and his father was the second owner. I’m relatively sure it’s had a cab kit put in it, and perhaps a little bit of touchup paint here and there. Otherwise, this looks fairly original to me.

Now, I know plenty of guys who farm 3 to 500 acres with equipment like this, and for what they’re doing, they work very well. The key to keeping these tractors alive is remembering that they’re 225-hp. tractors. A 32-foot field cultivator? Probably OK. A nine-shank ripper? Maybe not.

这对这些拖拉机很好的一件事是他们通常很容易努力。零件也很容易获得。如果您不得不换取电机,466秒就很容易找到。哎呀,如果你不得不,你甚至可以在纳帕购买电机和传动系的零件。无需任何体面尺寸的卡车店即可易于使用离合器和传动部件。我很确定离合器组件是同种脚器,并且传输是更赘述(RT4510)。

它会带来什么?

我检查了我们Iron Comps数据库,我们在过去的三年或四年中获得了10条记录。(他们这些天不会换手。)平均销售价格约为5,300美元,但大多数拖拉机看起来都被赶出了Fencerow。这一个比这更好,所以我猜我们可能会看到销售价格更接近7,500美元到8,000美元。

Of all of the 4000-series 4WD tractors that Harvester ever sold, the 4366 and the 4386 are among the best of ’em. For a farmer who’s looking for an older tillage tractor, this may be a perfect choice! Don’t overwork them, keep up on the maintenance, and these things will last for a long time!

请参阅此拖拉机的拍卖详情

农场上发生了什么事?

Paul Nystuen worked for Steiger for many years after he got his degree and was involved in some of Steiger’s wildest experimental tractors! Check out the articles about大杰克and theTwin-Panther PT650on the Octane Press blog! These tractors were utterly bonkers, and super-cool!

Ryan Roossinck.
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你好!我是瑞安,我喜欢拖拉机。如果它是一个举报,一个古怪的球,或看到它的生活份额并不重要...如果它是独一无二的,它是我们的一个拍卖师合作伙伴列出的拖拉机放大,我要把它炫耀一点点!此设备现在全部用于拍卖,所以您可以出价!我觉得他们很酷,我也希望你也会。这是有趣的铁!

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