How to Find Serial Numbers on International Tractors

Updated July 20, 2017

The serial number on the International tractors represents the manufacturer, make, model and the year that the tractor was built. All tractors come equipped with serial numbers that are used to identify the tractor. Serial numbers are also used to find the proper parts for the tractor. When a part is in need of replacement, the serial number will be required by the parts store to locate the proper replacement part that fits the tractor. Always keep the location of the serial number clean to prevent the serial numbers from fading away.

Park the International tractor on a flat surface and turn the engine off with the transmission still in gear.

Slide under the front of the International tractor and locate the clutch housing near the transmission. Inspect the left hand side of the clutch housing for a rectangular shaped piece of aluminium that is mounted to the housing. This aluminium plate holds the serial number information.

Saturate the aluminium plate with brake cleaner and let the brake cleaner sit on the plate for a few minutes. The brake cleaner will help clean and dissolve any grease, dirt and debris from the aluminium plate.

Wipe away the brake cleaner from the aluminium plate. Continue cleaning any dirt and debris from the aluminium plate. Locate the section on the aluminium plate that says " Serial No." The serial number is stamped to this area of the aluminium plate.

Inspect the serial number to see if the number sequence starts with "FBH". If so, this serial number represents the International H and HV model tractors. If the serial number sequence starts with "SH", then this serial number represents the International Farmall, Super-H and Super-HV model tractors.

Write down the exact serial number on a notepad with a pen for future reference.


Keep the serial number plate clean to prevent the serial numbers from fading.


Leave the transmission in gear when turning the tractor engine off to prevent the tractor from rolling while you are under it.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Safety glasses
  • Brake cleaner
  • Clean rags
  • Notepad
  • Pen
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Kevin Mclain has more than 20 years of automotive, home improvement and landscaping experience. He has been writing for various online publications since 2002. Mclain has U.S. Army certification in automotive maintenance and repair, among more than 15 additional certifications related to the automotive field.