International 500C Dozer Value Needed

IBDozing Discussion Groups: IH ( IH, Dresser and Komatsu): International 500C Dozer Value Needed
   By Gerald ( on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 - 4:11 pm:

I am considering buying an International 500C dozer with 6 way blade, torque converter, 3 cyl. diesel that according to the tach has 1014 hours on it. It supposedly has 95% undercarriage. I have not seen it yet as it is over 400 miles away. Before I make the drive, can anyone give me an approximate idea of what is a good price for this dozer? The owner is a dealer and knows nothing of its past history. He has tried it out and says it is tight but seems to miss for a few minutes when first started it warms up, then it runs fine. Any and all help is truly appreciated. Feel free to email me direct.

   By John C. ( on Saturday, April 07, 2001 - 9:40 am:

My books show average of $2700.00. You will have to adjust that for the condition of the machine. The engine miss fire on start up may be caused by weak or leaking injectors or low compression in that cylinder. If you go look at it tell them you do not want it warmed up before you get there. Look for lots of smoke and keep in mind the color.

Good luck.

   By Lee Dunbar ( on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 - 9:52 am:

I own (as a homeowner) a 71 or 72 500C w/clamshell bucket and 3842A backhoe (unusual combo). It has the same engine and a similar skip but mine is not even subtle - very distinct on cold days. Smokes blue till run at power, then faint gray if any. Skip is very hard to detect when warmed up. Runs strong despite cold skip issue. Paid $7000 12 years ago; $2700 price is very reasonable. My hour meter failed long ago, and is easily disconnected, so your hours should probably not be trusted. The 500C is not very well supported by Komatsu dealers in my area, so your machine needs to be in good shape even at this low price - you'd have a hard time getting parts from my experiences. Otherwise, a good machine, in my opinion, but this is the only machine I've ever operated. By the way, machine is available in 3 or 4 track pad styles, I hope you know what this means and choose accordingy - nobody I've contacted lists pads for this machine.
If I had to do this all over - John Deere, bar none; only because the popularity of the brand and the deep commitment to supporting the older machines. Then Cat, but they aren't popular in the small machines. Hope this helps.

   By drott ( on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 - 6:01 pm:

Where are you located. Yes they are poorly support. Like Not all for that machine. On rough bugger to find parts but no worse than a Michigan Crane with Waukeshau gas engines, actually the 500 might find parts easier. I get a lot of blank uuuuuhhhh on the phone when I call for stuff.

That bucket is the drott bucket, my favorite.

Want to sell?

   By Lee Dunbar ( on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 6:15 am:

Regarding the backhoe - oops, it is a 3142A, not 3842A. I'm an Electronic Technician by trade and currently am far too familiar with a particular integrated circuit called a 3842A - just a slip of a digit! 500C is running just fine, and as stated, the skip is not a problem when the machine is warmed up.

   By Don Howard ( on Monday, June 04, 2001 - 3:28 pm:

$2700 will not get anything that will run here in Missouri. Just bought a 500C with 6 way. One owner machine with 1600 hrs. T converter drive. $8500 cash. Paid too much but that's the market here . Had just had a new ROPS installed. Don

   By D8Bob ( on Tuesday, June 05, 2001 - 4:00 am:

I had a friend that had a 500 something, IH some years back. It had to be the worse dozer I have ever seen. The hydraulic pump drive would last maybe a week. And the steering clutches weren't much better. I think the scrap outfit paid $500.00 or so. Might have been less, I forget.

   By Lee Dunbar ( on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 9:47 am:

Had a major problem with the hydraulic pump drive on my 500C (series 2 with power beyond option) - it lasted only a few hours after I purchased the machine (machine was well used). After I aligned the pump and the coupling and the (new) drive plate, and firmly tightened the pump bolts (which were loose) and also added the proper spring around the slide area - nearly a hundred hours of use shows no sign of wear. I also had problems with steering clutches - the compartments were full of condensation because the drain holes were plugged by leaves and debris. After I cleaned the compartments during a clutch overhaul, and cleaned the drain holes in the bottom - no more problems with the clutches.
Simple answer: these are machines, and as such require much more "user" care than your common auto, and all the more so after they've been used by contractors on a daily basis. Usually contractors send the machines to a dealer for repairs. There, the dealer technicians usually do these things without mentioning them to anyone. Thus, I'd feel that any machine coming from an owner who isn't meticulous regarding details of proper maintenance - this machine is doomed to having problems.

   By corey palmer on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 5:47 pm:

I just bought a 500 c with 32" pads and am looking for a under carraige. Any ideas where to look?

   By voyteck on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 5:35 pm:

do yo call to border machinery .they are in the paso texas, i bought all my parts for my ih 500c.

   By J.R. Pauley on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 9:03 pm:

I rebuilt a 74 500c new final drives,clutches,etc.Parts are very hard to find.Big bucks when you do.I need an injecter pump now,but cant find one. iWOULD SUGGEST JOHN DEERE.

   By David ODell on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 12:58 pm:

I have an International 500 series E dozer. Can anyone tell me if it is positive or negative ground? thanks

   By daniel pendzick on Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 5:36 pm:

i have a 500c that i just totaled out by dropping a tree on it--it is positive ground--i have many many spare parts---also i am looking for another 500c since i have so many parts

   By Larry Fields on Sunday, January 04, 2009 - 9:00 pm:

hi just joined this postind i just found this site didn't know there were so many ih 500-c owners out there thanks and i'will be checking backs from wv.

   By Philip Augur on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 5:04 am:

I was saw this ad on craigslist and didn't know much about the 500C and this is the first site I found on googling it. I'm going to steer clear, but just in case anyone is interested in it, I wanted to post the ad:

   By Michael Woody on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 11:31 am:

I have a 69 500C which am looking for replacement bottom rollers. Any help would be appreciated.

   By Alice on Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 4:09 pm:

I have a 1977 international 500 c for sell. 5,000. Call 1-606-353-8045 before 9:00 P.M.I have been sick and can not work anymore.

   By redeane on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 1:15 pm:

I am looking for a planetary gear for my IH 500C. I don't know the year, I got it from a guy who had no paperwork.

   By ojodyo on Thursday, September 03, 2009 - 10:05 pm:

I am thinking about buying a 1978 series E 500 dozer. They are asking $7,500. Anything that I should look out for when I go take it for a test spin. I need a small dozer as we are about to embark on building our own house an will be needing to move a lot of fill.

   By Dean Dowding on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:51 pm:

I'm looking for a shop manual for a international 500 series E dozer. Can any one tell me where to fine one.

   By Dean Dowding on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:54 pm:

I'm looking for a shop manual for a international 500 series E dozer. Can any one tell me where to fine one.

   By James Messner on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 3:28 pm:

I have a 500c loader, with 4in1 bucket, diesel engine for parts. also a straight 500 dozer, gas engine 6 way blade for parts. call 570-220-9319 if you have parts available or are in need of parts.

   By charlie smoothy on Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 9:41 pm:

we've been contract fencing with post thumper on 500 for 25 years unreal setup no trouble love my little 500

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   By matt crowley on Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:31 pm:

have a 500c will start missing and no power after throttling up machine back-fires.changed fuel filters.bleed fuel system checked fuel no water?half throttle misses bad.still good machine.thanks for some help

   By Gary Hilsgen on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:34 pm:

looking for a schematic of a steering clutch and brakes for a 500c International. Is there any manuel for the removal/installation also? 715-448-2050 Thanks.

   By hector gemme on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 2:30 pm:

You could have a service manual from JENSALES or BINDERBOOK me I just have a parts manual than I could send you by mail some brakes and stering cluchs photos

   By Gary Hilsgen on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 8:49 pm:

I found the schematics for the steering clutch and brakes, now I need to know how to get the track apart? Any information? Thanks.

   By Gary Hilsgen on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 8:51 pm:

I found the schematics for the steering clutch and brakes, now I need to know how to get the track apart? Any information? Thanks.

   By buz wells on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 8:57 am:

I was using my 500c the other day and i heard a funny noise it sounded like a snap,and my 6 way blade quit working. Does any one know ware to start looking.
buz thanks

   By buz wells on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 11:46 am:

help my 1974 500 c dozer ,does it have a spline or keyway set up. thanks

   By Zachary on Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 8:44 am:

Does anyone know how to or where to go to have the hydraulic cylinder re sealed

   By Matt on Sunday, April 08, 2012 - 6:52 pm:

I have a 1973 IH 500 series C for sale. On the same farm for 30 years. Needs the left steering clutch. Had a heavy equipment mechanic look at and said the machine has no more than 300 to 400 hours on it.

   By Edward on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:22 pm:

I can pickup a IH500c dozer for parts will these parts fit my IH 500E Dozer?

   By Dan Brashear on Friday, May 03, 2013 - 5:01 pm:

I have a 500c that does not want to keep running. I can give some ether to start it but it doesn't seem like it's getting fuel. Changed both fuel filters.Don't know much about the pump or how it really works. I have zero info for this thing. I would like to sell it, but I want to get running first.

   By Kim Stelly on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:58 am:

I have a International 500c and a 500e for sale for parts in louisiana.e-mail

   By Calvin Mickey on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 5:59 pm:

Does anyone have a hyd. pump coupler and spring for a 500 e dozer

   By dean dowding on Sunday, August 04, 2013 - 4:20 pm:

I have a international 500 E can any one tell me how to remove the injector pump and some instructions. dean

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