International Harvester Model 1486 Tractor

This 1979 tractor was owned by Gerald McCathern of Hereford, Tex., who used it in his fields for 700 hours before driving it 1,800 miles to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 1979 American Agriculture Movement demonstration. As wagon master, McCathern coordinated tractorcades that, while bringing the desperate situation facing American farmers to the attention of Congress, also substantially slowed rush-hour traffic. In the midst of the protest, a large snowstorm nearly paralyzed the city, and farmers used their tractors to pull cars out of snowbanks, earning the goodwill of many people.
The American Agriculture Movement bought the tractor and presented it to the Smithsonian in 1986. The IH 1486 is representative of the technology that typifies modern agriculture. It has sixteen forward and eight reverse speeds, power steering and brakes, diesel turbocharged engine, wide adjustable front end, detachable front weights, air-conditioning, AM-FM radio tape deck, hydraulic adjustable seat, and an adjustable steering wheel.
Object Name
Date made
McCathern, Gerald
International Harvester
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the American Agriculture Movement

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 9:52:35 AM
thank you for the chance to coment on this great tractor. I have a 1976 1486 and it is a great performer. The international harvester co. was also a great place to work, I did so for sixteen years. Great companys make great products and the 1486 is shining example its a shame they are not here today. again thankyou.
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