Tractor, International Junior; International Harvester; 1918


Tractor, International Junior

About this object

This is an International 8-16 Junior tractor. Manufactured by International Harvester between 1918 and 1922, this model was built in 1918. Called a 8-16 or 8-16 Kerosene in the USA, in England the tractor was called a Junior.

The 1918 model 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 cubic inch over head valve 4-cylinder 3-main-bearing engine borrowed from the truck line and the tractor used a 3-speed transmission, like the smaller trucks. The radiator was located behind the engine meaning it was situated between the operator and engine. The location of the radiator meant the cooling was not very efficient. In 1919, production of the Juniors changed to the HC-series which had improvements such as a water-type air cleaner which significantly extended the engine life.

In the post-World War One era, there was a drive by farmers to improve the machinery technology available to help speed up time and reduce labour costs. This push for new technology led to rapid developments in tractors which quickly surpassed the International Junior.

The International Junior was restored by George Paterson.


International Harvester

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, cast iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel
inorganic, processed material, metal, copper
inorganic, processed material, glass
organic, processed material, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber


h 1650 mm x w 1530 mm x l 3600 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

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