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December 2011 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1972 International 1468

Dec 21, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Ohio edition.

Owned and restored by Jim Baltzy, Beach City, Ohio.

1963 Allis Chalmers D21

Dec 21, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Northeast edition.

Owned and restored by Jeff Vullo, Colchester, CT.

1957 John Deere 620

Dec 20, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Missouri edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Don Heidbrink, Odessa, Mo.
Don was born and raised on a farm. His family used International, Allis Chalmers and Ford tractors. He always wanted a John Deere 620. When he found this one he bought it and restored it in memory of his father. Randy Clouse and David Mittlehauser helped him with the 3-year project. Don said it was a dream of his to have it on the cover of Fastline.

1953 Case DC

Dec 19, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Minnesota edition.

Tractor owned by Lester, Oswald, Lafayette, Minn.
Lester’s father bought this Case DC new in 1953 out of the New Ulm, Minn. The tractor still has factor L.P. This Case DC was restored by Lester and the new paint job was completed by Aaron Klossner of Lafayette, Minn.

1950 Farmall H

Dec 18, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Mid-South edition.

Owned by Chris Curtis, Sumrall, Miss.
Restored by Chris and Steve Curtis.
This tractor was a restoration project of Chris’ when he was a senior at Sumrall High School. Chris and his father, Steve, restored the Farmall H as part of an FFA project.

1962 Allis Chalmers D19 Diesel

Dec 17, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Michigan Edition.

Tractor owned and restored by Don Dittmar, Millersburg, Mich.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1948 John Deere M

Dec 16, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Kentucky edition.

Owned by John Vogt, LaGrange, Ken.

1937 McCormick-Deering W-30

Dec 15, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Kansas edition.
Owned by Gayle “Tunney” Loker, McDonald, Kansas.


Tunney’s tractor is the first tractor he drove as a young man more than 70 years ago. Today, the tractor has been restored and is sitting pretty on his farm.

1957 Farmall 450 Diesel

Dec 14, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Iowa edition.

Owned and restored by Jon Thul, Bode, Iowa.
This cotton picker came from New Mexico in July of 2009. Jon had to ship to his home by truck, and had never seen the tractor until it was delivered. According to his records, only 27 of them were made.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1948 John Deere Model M

Dec 12, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Southeast Edition.

Owned and restored by Adam White, Dexter, Ga.
Adam had his tractor for 11 months when he made this his first restoration project. He hopes to do more in the future.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1960 John Deere 3010

Dec 11, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Tennessee Edition.


Owned by Will Stallings and restored by Tommy L. Stallings, Friendship, Tenn.
This 1960 John Deere 3010 was bought by Tommy L. Stallings from his neighbor, who purchased it new. Tommy restored it in 1982 and later passed it down to his grandson, Will Stallings.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1948 Massey-Harris 30

Dec 10, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Texas edition.

Owned by Mark Ellenbarger, Fort Worth, Texas.
Mark says this beauty is original all over except it has been converted to 12-volt and has bigger back tires. He bought it in the condition it’s in from a 78-year-old man who was going to put a V-8 in it for pulling. Mark keeps it on his show room floor at E&E Equipment in Fort Worth. He says many older men come in and rub on it and talk about having one just like it. Mark is 58 years old and his employees say the tractor is the only thing around there older than him.

1953 Allis Chalmers CA

Dec 09, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Indiana edition.

Owned by Don Sturwold, St. Peters, Ind.
This Allis Chalmers CA was restored in 2009 by Don and Sue Sturwold. The Sturwolds are active subscribers to Fastline and have always enjoyed antique tractors. They can now enjoy their hard work even more because they can share it with their friends and family as the Fastline tractor of the month.

1958 John Deere 520

Dec 07, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Nebraska edition.

Tractor owned by Kurt Hansen, Scotia, Neb. Restored by Kurt Hansen and Luke Marisch.

Learn more in the Fastline digital edition. 

1973 Minneapolis Moline G1355 LP Wheatland

Dec 06, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Dakota edition.

Owned and restored by Richard Lowry.
This tractor was dismantled including the cab. Richard blasted, primed and painted the tractor in the fall of 2009. This is one of several MM tractors Richard owns.

Tractor Trendsetters: Fordson F

Dec 02, 2011


Written By Larry Gay
In November 1915, Henry Ford organized the Henry Ford and Son Company to develop a farm tractor and build a tractor factory, because the other stockholders of the Ford Motor Company didn’t want their rich dividends diluted by the cost of developing a tractor. He then proceeded to divide some of his key personnel between the two companies. Charles Sorensen was moved to the new company and given the responsibility of converting an old brickyard in Dearborn, Michigan, into a tractor factory. Engineer Joe Galamb remained at the Ford Motor Company in charge of the Engineering Department at the Highland Park auto factory and Engineer Gene Farkas was transferred to the new company to design and develop a tractor.
It is interesting to note one Ford tractor book states Galamb was fired and another says he was hired at this time. Obviously, one of the books is wrong. However, careful research reveals both books are wrong as Joe Galamb was hired in December 1905, was the primary design engineer for the Model T car, and retired from the Ford Motor Company in April 1944.
The division between the two companies was finalized on February 2, 1916 at a Ford Motor Company board of directors meeting when Ford Motor agreed to give up any claims to tractor designs and patents. In turn, Henry Ford agreed to pay Ford Motor $46,810.76 for previous tractor development work and to not use the only the word Ford on his tractors, because the Ford Motor Company might enter into the tractor business in the future and use the Ford name.
The Henry Ford and Son Company started tractor production in October 1917 by building 6,000 tractors for England and 1,000 tractors for Canada to assist those countries with food production during World War I. There was no identification on these tractors and they have come to be known as MOM tractors, because they were built for England’s Ministry of Munitions. In April 1918, Henry Ford began producing this tractor for the U.S. market with the Fordson name on the upper radiator tank and the Henry Ford & Son name stamped into the end of the fuel tank. The Fordson name was a contraction of the company name and had been registered as a trademark by January 1918.
The Fordson F tractor was a standard-tread tractor with about 19 belt horsepower and a 2-plow rating. It had a vertical, 4-cylinder Hercules engine which started on gasoline and ran on kerosene, a 3-speed transmission, and a worm-gear final drive. The engine, transmission case, and the final drive served as the frame. Ignition was provided by magnets on the flywheel and a thermo-siphon system circulated water to cool the engine.
In March 1919, Henry Ford announced he planned to start a new company to build cars and tractors, which caused the other stockholders of the Ford Motor Company to sell their stock to an unknown buyer. The buyer was later revealed to be Henry Ford and he was now the sole owner of the giant Ford Motor Company. He then folded the Henry Ford and Son Company into the Ford Motor Company and changed the name on the end of the fuel tank to Fordson. In February 1921, production of the Fordson was moved from the Dearborn tractor factory to the new massive Rouge factory which received iron ore from Ford’s mines, delivered in Ford’s ships, at one end and delivered assembled tractors and Model T car parts at the other end. Also Ford started building the Fordson’s engine at about this time.
The Fordson F tractor sold for $750 when it was introduced and its retail price was lowered to $625 in January 1921. An agricultural depression started in mid-1920 which greatly reduced tractor sales and then Henry Ford made matters worse for the tractor industry in January 1922 by slashing the price of the Fordson to $395. This was less than what the tractor companies that were buying engines were paying for the engine and 113 of the 164 companies building tractors in 1919 were out of the tractor business by 1928. Ford’s production of almost 102,000 tractors in 1923 represented 77 percent of the number of tractors produced that year.
Although the Fordson F dominated the tractor market from 1921-1926 and was many farmers first tractor, it had its faults. It was often hard to start, especially if the operator forgot to switch back to running on gasoline before shutting off the engine. Water would boil in the radiator under a heavy load and had to be replenished. Engineer Howard Simpson developed a magneto and a water pump to correct these problems, but Henry Ford wouldn’t adopt them. By 1927, the Fordson tractor was encountering sales resistance and production ended in the U.S. in 1928.
Contrary to what has been published in many books and articles, Henry Ford did not name his tractor Fordson because a company in Minneapolis was already selling a Ford tractor, the Fordson name was not derived from a February 1918 cablegram, the Ford Motor Company did not introduce the Fordson tractor, the Fordson was never built in the Highland Park factory, and the Model T car was never built in the Rouge factory.
Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including A Guide to Ford, Fordson, and New Holland Tractors. This book may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click book catalog. 

1960 John Deere 5030, John Deere 60 and Cornpicker

Dec 01, 2011

This tractor is featured for the month of December in the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

Toy tractors at Christmas create memories for a lifetime. Just about any kid with rural roots can relate to a Christmas scene like this…receiving tractors for your imaginary farm, replete with barn, animals and machinery. In this case, Garrett and Grant eye their dad Aaron’s John Deere 5020, a replica of Deere’s biggest tractor from the 1960s, and Grandpa Harold Crosses’ JD 60 with a Model 226 Cornpicker from the mid-1950s. The restored red barn behind the boy was a surprise gift crafted by Edward Schmalen, Aaron’s stepfather, to house the classic toys in the family room.
1960 JD 5020 JD 60 JD Cornpicker 
Owner: Garrett and Grant Putze
West Des Moines, Iowa
Aaron Putze, an Iowa Farm Bureau official, rejoiced just like his sons when he first saw these John Deere toy tractors, and that same spirit glows again a half-century later.
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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