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July 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Tractor Trendsetters: Farmall A

Jul 23, 2012

Written by Larry Gay

In the late 1930s, the tractor companies started introducing small, light weight tractors which were aimed at replacing the horses and mules on small farms. These tractors were generally a one-plow tractor which was designed to cultivate one row of corn or cotton. International Harvester entered this market in the summer of 1939 with the introduction of the Farmall A, a four-wheel type of tractor with a wide front axle.
The Farmall A was unique with the engine and transmission offset to the left and the operator’s station offset to the right. This provided excellent visibility for the driver when cultivating row crops and International Harvester advertised this feature as “Culti-Vision.” The steering shaft passed along the right side of the engine and the clutch pedal and two brake pedals were located between the torque tube and the right fender, directly ahead of the pan seat.
The Farmall A was powered by a 4-cylinder, 113-cubic-inch International gasoline or distillate engine with a 3-inch bore and a 4-inch stroke. The transmission provided four speeds of 2.2, 3.5, 4.6, and 9.5 mph. Rubber tires were standard equipment. Optional equipment included an adjustable wide front axle, belt pulley and PTO, electric lighting and starting, and a pneumatic power lift which was powered by exhaust gas pressure.
The offset configuration was used for many other tractor models. The Farmall B with a single front wheel or dual front wheels was similar in size and power as the Farmall A, but was designed to cultivate two rows. The engine was centered with the two rear wheels, but the operator’s station was located on the right side of the tractor. The Farmall Cub was smaller than the Farmall A and used the same offset configuration as the Farmall A. The Farmall A was replaced by the Super A, then the 140, and eventually the International 274 Offset, but all retained the offset configuration of the A. Other tractors with similar offset configurations were the Ford 541 and 1710 Offset, the Oliver Super 44 and 440, the Kubota L245HC, the John Deere 900 HC, and the Case International 274 Offset and 265 Offset.

Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Guide to Oliver Tractors and Guide to Ford Tractors. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click book catalog.

Case IH MXM 190 and Case IH 770 Disc

Jul 09, 2012

This was featured as the cover the Fastline northwest edition.

Clair Teeter disks at the Marriman Ranch in Albion, Idaho.
Case IH MXM 190 and Case IH 770 Disc

1958 John Deere 720

Jul 08, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Kansas edition.

This John Deere is owned by Calvin Shou, Wamego, Kansas.
1958 John Deere 720

1953 Farmall Super H

Jul 06, 2012

Tractor of the month, Fastline Nebraska edition.

Owned and restored by Red Bowles.
According to Red, this classic tractor was one of the first 2,500 made. It took three years to fully restore it. He enjoys driving this tractor at local holiday events, and has won several awards.
1953 Farmall Super H

1941 John Deere B

Jul 05, 2012

This John Deere was featured on the cover of the Fastline Oklahoma edition.

Owned and restored by John D. Flippen.
1941 John Deere B

A Priceless Prom Picture

Jul 03, 2012

1975 Case 1070

Owned by Jon and Zack Jones, Cadiz, OH. Restored by Tom Jones.
Pictured, Zack Jones and Jana Fenstamaker.
The 1070 Case was purchased by Zack Jones in September 2010. Zack was 14 at the time and was battling cancer at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Being stuck in a hospital bed was hard for this farm boy to handle so to help pass time we would look at tractors online. When he and his father, Jon came across the 1070 in an ad they called about it and purchased it that week. Zack couldn’t wait to get home after chemo treatments to go take his tractor for a drive. The tractor needed some work done so they called on Zack’s great-uncle, Tom Jones, to see if he could repair what needed fixed. A year and a half later the tractor was totally restored complete with new tires purchased by Zack’s grandparents, Jon and Pauline Jones. The last details were finished the night before the local prom, just in time for Zack to drive it and his prom data, Jana Fenstamaker, through the promenade. It may be just an old tractor with a new paint job to some but to Zack it was much more than that!
1975 Case 1070

1953 WR9 S Rice Field Special

Jul 02, 2012

This tractor was featured on the cover the Fastline Texas edition.

Owned by John and Irene Yoars, The Woodlands, Texas.
Restored by Tommy Addison, Sibley, LA
1953 WR9 S Rice Field Special

The 5-Millionth Tractor from IH

Jul 01, 2012
The 5-millionth tractor produced by International Harvester is the tractor featured for the month of July in the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar. It’s a 1974 International 1066 that landed in Big Sky Country, when the Montana IH Dealer Group out bid all other IH dealer with a winning big of $40,086.86. Built at the Farmall Plant, Rock Island, Ill., on Feb. 1, 1974, IH became the first manufacturer to claim the production of five million tractors. The following two year, this tractor was featured at fairs, conventions and show across the U.S.
Now, it is displayed in the Montana Museum of Agriculture, Ft. Benton. The IH 1066 Turbo was produced from 1972 to 1976. In its final version, the 414 cu. in. diesel engine provided 125.6 PTO hp at 2,600 rpm. List price: about $21,000. Weight: 11,000 lb.
1974 International 1066 5 Millionth Tractor Produced by IHC
Museum Volunteer: Betty Cook
Ft. Benton, Montana
Betty is an active volunteer and the head classic tractor wrangle at the Montana Museum of Agriculture, where this special IH tractor is on permanent display, and can be seen Memorial Day through Sept. 30.
The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication, with the 2012 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books and much, much more. Click here to visit their online shop.
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