There have been quite a few V8 powered tractors mass-produced.
MF 1150 and 1155 had a Perkins V8.
IH 1468 and 1568 had an IH v8.
Oliver 2255 / White 2-180 had a Cat V8.
These were all 2 wheel drive.
All of them are sought by collectors.
Lots of articulated 4wd tractors had v8s.
Grey Fergies were well-engineered. The gearbox on a MF 35/135/240 is no heavier than the box on a Grey Fergy, despite having more power going through it. Even the MF 65/165 had the same box with even more power going through it, but it did have epicyclic speedup and slowdown to handle the increased torque load.
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Can’t just get my hands on it but a while ago in Classic Tractor magazine my young fellow gets old mate spliced a Merlin v12 into a Fordson super major he reconded the backend in them was good for 1000hp in short bursts
They were a pretty reliable old girls with forty ponies in the front but I think the bursts would need to be reeeealy short with that out front
Fordson Super major had big gears in the back end,the trannys were used in lots of machinery ,like multi tyred rollers........the MF 375 had a massive planetary reduction ,and axle shafts about 3" diametr.........this is the same as the MF 50 loader/bhoe.......biggest of the lot would be the Chamberlain Champion,gears are same size as a D4.but are made of cast iron...seem to last well tho.
A Chamberlain Champion would be easy to convert,chassis rails like a truck,and a round #3 SAE housing on the gearbox.Not that Ill be converting mine,its just about time for another complaint to the council ,so its still got work to do.