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Offline newoodguy78

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478 Hercules
« on: March 21, 2021, 11:35:48 AM »
I have a running 478 Hercules out of our 2-135 White farm tractor. Have been told by a couple people that this engine was used in military applications as well. The tractor is rated at about 130 horse at the drawbar so probably about 170 ish ? Horsepower. Have videos of it running 
Asking 2000.00 but definitely willing to negotiate Itís located in southwestern Massachusetts.

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Re: 478 Hercules
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2021, 05:56:52 PM »
From a military forum iv poked around on,  it was a motor used in the old 2 1/2 ton trucks as a multifuel engine. 
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Re: 478 Hercules
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2021, 05:59:50 PM »
White engines owned Hercules for a time

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Re: 478 Hercules
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2021, 06:13:40 PM »
My DT turbo diesel 3.7 engine was a beast of a motor. They would have won the contract for powering UPS trucks years ago but they didnít offer it with a turbo at the time. They did put it in bread trucks and other industrial applications. Also they had a kit that was sold to the Pakistan army of repowering the Dodge M37. I bought the original prototype from Hercules in Canton Ohio. The original plant was 15 acres under one roof

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Re: 478 Hercules
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2021, 06:17:43 PM »
The guy that designed the DT 3.7 was so big when he flew he would fly first class and pay for two seats that he would need

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Re: 478 Hercules
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2021, 09:22:44 PM »
We ran 478 Hercs on the farm in the 80s and into the 90s in both a White 2-135 and 2-155.  The are a silky smooth and powerful engine.  Pretty bullet-proof if a bit thirsty.  I think it was an engine ahead of its time, but now it is out classed in fuel efficiency by the various Cummins engines (5.9 and 8.3) that came in later WFE/Agco  models.  On the topic (sort of)  we also had a 2-180 with the beefy fast revving 3208 Cat V-8, but that engine was not as reliable. 

The first large tractor that I ever bought when I graduated from ag college in 1981 was a Cockshutt/Oliver 1950 with the screaming Jimmy 4-53. That engine was legendary and it remains my all-time favorite tractor I have ever owned   They still use them in tractor pulling competitions like this:



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Re: 478 Hercules
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2021, 01:06:30 AM »
From a military forum iv poked around on,  it was a motor used in the old 2 1/2 ton trucks as a multifuel engine.
I figured that out from looking for parts in the past 

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2021, 01:16:13 AM »
We ran 478 Hercs on the farm in the 80s and into the 90s in both a White 2-135 and 2-155.  The are a silky smooth and powerful engine.  Pretty bullet-proof if a bit thirsty.  I think it was an engine ahead of its time, but now it is out classed in fuel efficiency by the various Cummins engines (5.9 and 8.3) that came in later WFE/Agco  models.  On the topic (sort of)  we also had a 2-180 with the beefy fast revving 3208 Cat V-8, but that engine was not as reliable.

The first large tractor that I ever bought when I graduated from ag college in 1981 was a Cockshutt/Oliver 1950 with the screaming Jimmy 4-53. That engine was legendary and it remains my all-time favorite tractor I have ever owned   They still use them in tractor pulling competitions like this:



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Thatís what Iím replacing this Hercules with is a 5.9 Cummins.
Nice to hear from someone thatís run Whites not too many people around here like them.
Iíll never knock a man for buying tractors but listening to that screaming jimmy all day would make for a long one :D


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