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International 8-16
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International 8-16 1921
Model history
Model introduced 1918
Model discontinued 1922
Model status Discontinued
No. produced 33,138
Preceded by Mogul 8-16
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Fuel type kerosene
Power hp 19 belt, 11 drawbar
Governed rpm 1000
Displacement cu in /(litre) 284 ci
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 4.25 in
Stroke in (mm) 5 in
Cooling system Water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type spur gear
Clutch Foot operated multi-disc (7 plate)
Gearbox make International
Forward 3
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category non
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front steel 32"x5.5"
Rear steel 40"x10"
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 132 in
Width (inches/meters) 54 in
Height (inches/meters) 66 in
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 3300 lb
Wheelbase 86 in
Other info
Factories Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Plow rating 2
Nebraska Tests No. 25
Approximate Cost new in (year) $1150 (1921)
£310 (1921 UK price)
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The International 8-16 Junior tractor was built from 1918 to 1922 in the International Harvester Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was called the 8-16 or 8-16 Kerosene in the USA and called the Junior in England.

Model History

When it was introduced in 1918, the new International 8-16 was built in the style of International’s trucks of the day, with a sloping hood and the radiator behind the engine. The original VB-series had a 251 ci ohv 4-cylinder 3-main-bearing engine borrowed from the truck line and the tractor used a 3-speed transmission, like the smaller trucks.

In mid-1919 the upgraded Series HC International 8-16 had a redesigned engine with the three regular main bearings replaced by two roller bearings. The revised tractor also was given a water bath air cleaner.

The International 8-16 was revised again with a larger engine for 1921. The new Series IC had a ¼" larger bore for a displacement of 284 ci. When tested at Nebraska it developed 19 belt and 11 drawbar hp.

The price war with Ford lead to the 1921 price of $1150 being cut by February 1922 to $670, with a 2 furrow plow included.[1]

It is believed about 2,500 were imported into the UK.


  • 1918: International 8-16 (Series VB) with 251 ci 3-main-bearing engine.
  • mid-1919: Series HC with roller-bearing engine, longer exhaust and water bath air cleaner
  • 1921: Series IC with 284 ci engine
  • 1922: production ended

Factory locations

  • Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois


See Infobox for main details

  • The engine was developed for the International Model L truck.
  • Radiator behind the engine, exhasting to each side
  • No water pump, used thermosythonic cooling
  • Dixie magneto
  • Contracting band brakes
  • A basic suspension on the front and rear axels
  • Ackerman steering
  • Integral gearbox and differential
  • Chain final drive
  • side mounted belt pulley, with hand clutch
  • Sprung drivers seat

Serial Numbers Information

Year Serial run[2] Number Built[3] Notes (Total built 33,138).
1917 VB501-538 38
1918 VB539-3700 3162
1919 VB3701-5748 2048
1919 HC501-6023 5523
1920 HC6024-11871 5848
1921 IC501-9734 9013
1922 IC9735-17023 7506


The works engineers built several specials based on the 8-16 unit, with 4-wheel drive and 6-wheell skid steer units been built.[4]


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List of Preserved International 8-16 Junior tractors
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Make + Model No.
Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No. Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
International 8-16 Junior - sn ? 19 ? International Owner ? International 8-16 Junior at Belvoir 08 - P5180443.jpg Belvoir Castle Steam Festival 2008 excellent restored example
International 8-16 Junior - sn ? 1921 International Heidrick Ag History Center collection International 8-16 1921.jpg On display at Heidrick Ag History Center, california restored example
International 8-16 Junior - International 8-16 Junior sn IC-16615 1922 International Owner ? International 8-16 Junior sn IC 16615 at Onslow Park 09 - IMG 6769.jpg Onslow Park Rally 2009 undergoing restoration
International 8-16 reg no. ? Serial no 1918 International Joan Hollenitsch, Garden Grove, California 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images

Leffingwell book[5] misc notes
International 8-16 reg no. ? Serial no 1919 International Loren & Elain Peterson, Sparta, Michigan 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images

Leffingwell book[6] misc notes
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<references> 8-16 International Junior serial no. 11349 owner- Carlyle Lee Durand, Illinois


See also

References / sources

Originaly based on the article at The Science museum Object Wiki web site

  1. Old Tractor Magazine, October 2003
  2. Wendel, C. H. 1981. 150 Years of International Harvester, Crestline Publishing Co., Sarasota, Florida. (serial numbers p.411)
  3. Klancher, Lee 1996. International Harvester Photographic History, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, p.34
  4. Old Tractor Magazine, october 2003, page 9
  5. Leffingwell, Randy 1999. International Harvester Tractors, MBI Publishing Co., Osceola, Wisconsin. pp.42,44,190
  6. Leffingwell, Randy 1999. International Harvester Tractors, MBI Publishing Co., Osceola, Wisconsin. pp.45,190

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