1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Repowering Big 4WD Tractors"We've done morer epowering than anyone else in the country," says Steve Mallicoat, Power Systems Specialist for Cummins Great Plains, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He helped develop a turkey kit for putting 360 hp Cummins 855 engines into big IH 4-WD tractors.
Mallicoat actually works out of three Cummins outlets - Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Rock Island, Ill. - developing repower kits and supplying engines to re-powershops. In fact, Cummins Great Plains supplies engines to John Kinzenbaw of Kinze Mfg., who repowers Deere 4-WD tractors.
Recently, he's been working closely with Jim Costello of Costello Diesel in Fairbank, Iowa, to repower big IH 4586 and 4568 tractors as well as 1855 Olivers and 555 or 700 Versatiles.
"We've already converted 6 big IH 4 - WD's. It costs $17,000 or more to rebuild a 4586 or 4568 with an IH engine but you can put a Cummins 8554 in for about $16,750. The IH engines are outdated.
Cummins engines are more powerful, more compact and they'll last longer with less maintenance," says Mallicoat.
The turnkey kit includes all engine mounts, hydraulic pump adaptation, air conditioning, air intake system, and a new exhaust system. "It's a complete and professional installation that looks and performs better than the tractor did originally. Farmers who've made the conversion say they feel like they're driving a new $ 135,000 tractor after we're through," says Mallicoat.
Costello, working together with Mallicoat at Cummins, is willing to attempt almost any conversion but so far has packages available for the IH 4-WD's, 1855 Oliver, which receives a new 4BT Cummins for about $9,350, and 550 or 700 Versatiles, which are repowered with new 6CTA8.3 Cummins engines for about $13,200.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Costello, Costello Diesel, Box 221, Fairbank, Iowa 50629 (ph 319 635-2833 or 2264); or Steve Mallicoat, Cummins Great Plains, 625 - 33rd Ave. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 (ph 319 366-7537 or 644-3093).
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