How to Find the Serial Number & Year on an International Farmall

A serial number on a piece of machinery is like a fingerprint.

The serial number for an International Farmall can be a vital source of information.The serial number for an International Farmall can be a vital source of information.
It provides the DNA of that particular machine and can tell you the vital information you need to know about it. The serial number of an International Farmall tractor will tell you what year it was built, and finding it is the first step in uncovering details of the machine's past, such as when and where it was sold, to whom and for how much. It can also provide details of any repair work performed.

Look for a rectangular aluminum plate on the left side of the clutch housing near the front of the machine (the right side if you are facing the machine). This is the serial number plate.

Find the serial number located in the box labeled "Serial No." The serial number for the H and HV models will begin with the letters "FBH." For the Super H and Super HV models, the serial number will begin with the letters "SH." There are several styles of serial number plates. The serial number will most often appear in a white horizontal box in the middle or the upper-right corner of the plate.

If you are unable to read the serial number due to fading or smudging, hold a thin piece of paper firmly on top of the serial number plate and shade the entire area with a pencil or piece of charcoal. This technique may reveal the serial number on the sheet of paper.

Things You Will Need

  • Thin sheet of paper
  • Charcoal or pencil

About the Author

Christian Worstell began writing in 2003. His work has appeared in newspapers in six different states, as well as "AutoPilot Magazine" and online publications such as Minor League News, Redline Editorial, NY Fan News, North Raleigh Sports and River Hills Traveler. Worstell has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Shippensburg University.