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December 2009 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Three Rare Unusual and Seldom-Seen Classics

Dec 30, 2009

This photo is featured as the cover for 2010 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.


It’s a rare happenstance when the calendar year and a tractor model match. And in 2010 it does!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found three John Deere Model 2010 tractors in the marvelous, world-class Walter & Bruce Keller collection in Wisconsin. The 2010 Diesel Crawler was owned by Washington State University. The 2010 LP wide-front row-crop (center), with an extremely rare John Deere Model 52 stacker, came from California. The 2010 Hi-Crop (gas), one of only 133 built, was shipped to San Francisco. The Keller Collection is know for its rare unusual and seldom-seen classics.


In August 1960–50 years ago–Deere & Co. introduced its New Generation of Power. In one of the best-kept secrets in American history, the introduction featured a new series of tractors with four- and six-cylinder engines and much, much more. The 10 Series ushered in John Deere’s New Generation of Tractors, and that changed everything. The 4010 become the top seller and flagship of the 10 Series.


The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more.
Click here to visit their online shop.

Tractor Restoration in 5 Minutes

Dec 28, 2009

This is a time lapse video of the painting and assembly of a 1939 Allis Chalmers model B tractor. The restoration was done by Lee J. Sackett, who restores antique tractors for customers all over the USA.

IH Family Tradition

Dec 24, 2009



Grandpa Eric Knoblauch and Jackson Knoblauch
 
 
This is my dad and my son. We farm around 1,500 acres in Illinois and my grandfather Gerald lived by IH. So I only thought it appropriate when my niece showed up to a family function with a green tractor on her shirt, to find my son an IH shirt. Well we showed up at a family Christmas gathering last Saturday and low and behold my father had on the same shirt. Thought it was a pretty good picture.
 
Photo submitted by Jon Knoblauch.

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1953 Farmall Super-H Tractor

Dec 15, 2009






This is my 1953 Farmall Super-H Tractor. My wife and I have been engaged in dairy farming from 1966 until November of 2008 when we dispersed our dairy herd. It was originally purchased new by my Dad, and we bought it when we took over the farm; thus it has been on the same farm all its life.
 
Our Super-H through these years had been used mainly to haul feeder wagons for the dairy cows and heifers, or pulling forage wagons. It was handy for moving machinery in and out of tight spots in the pole shed.
 
It was repainted recently, and has all new tires. Also changed over to twelve volt starting and electronic ignition system. It now looks and runs better than when it was a new tractor.
 
Without the dairy herd, this tractor doesn't get used much anymore. I participated in my first ever tractor drive with it at nearby Oakfield in the Annual Kintzler Tractor Drive Oct. 9, 2009. We went on a 10-mile route through scenic terrain taking a short break for refreshments and continuing back to Oakfield where we were part of the Oakfield High School Homecoming Parade. 
 
-- Rudy Jaeger, Brownsville, WI

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A Dozen Classic Tractors

Dec 14, 2009

Here’s a recap of the one-of-a-kind restored tractors featured in this past year’s Classic Farm Tractor Calendar

 

2009 Calendar Cover: Worthy of Being on the Cover

 

January: 1968 Allis-Chalmers D-12 Series III

 

February: 1954 Brockway 49 G

 

March: 1935 John Deere AO

 

April: The Typical 50th Anniversary Present, a 1935 Plymouth

 

May: The Typical 50th Anniversary Present, a 1935 Plymouth

 

June: The First IH Farmall 806D Ever Built

 

July: 1936 Case CC

 

August: Eye-Grabber at the County Fair: 1961 Cockshutt 540

 

September: 1928 Hart-Parr 12-24: By the Boot Straps

 

October: Just like a beauty queen: 1966 Massey-Ferguson 165

 

November: Canary-colored IH: 1961 International 4300

 

December: Straight From The Catalog: 1938 Graham-Bradley

 

The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

 

Straight From The Catalog: 1938 Graham-Bradley

Dec 10, 2009

This tractor was featured for the month of December in the 2009 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.


Had your parents wanted to get you one for Christmas, they would have bypassed Santa and gone to their Sears-Roebuck catalogue–the only place a gorgeous G-B could be ordered! Available only in 1938-39, this rakish tractor was produced by the Graham-Paige people who built a stylish car by that same name. The tractor’s 6-cyl. Graham-Paige engine had bore and stroke of 3.25x4.375 for 217.8 cu. in. At 1,500 rpm it produced 30 hp on belt, 25 on drawbar. It looked fast and was–it could whiz by you in fourth gear going 25 mph.


 

 
















 


Owner: Travis Jorde

Rochester, Minnesota

 

Yep, it’s the same guy who makes those perfect decals for antique and classic John Deeres. He has a slew of John Deere tractors and equipment, but nobody can resist the rare Graham-Bradley gem, with Jorde’s highly detailed restoration. (Photo was taken at Richard Sear’s birthplace, founder of Sears-Roebuck, Stewartville, Minn.)

 

The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

Canary-colored IH: 1961 International 4300

Dec 09, 2009

This tractor was featured for the month of November in the 2009 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

 

Looking like a canary rather than a cardinal, what’s the deal? It really is an IH tractor, a monster with a 6-cyl. 817-cu. in. turbo engine, built to compete with Deere’s four-wheel-drive tractor, nearly 50 years ago. Fewer than four dozen were built and only a handful remain. It’s yellow because it was built are the IH Hough Payloader plant in Libertyville, Ill, a factory for construction equipment. Everything that came out of that plant was painted yellow. This one had an Allison automatic transmission with air brakes and “crab” steering. It is not articulated, but all four wheel are steerable. Engine needed 34 quarts in the crankcase.



















 


Owner: Jerry W. Mez

Avoca, Iowa

 

He’s sold his Case IH dealership, but his passion for IH Farmall tractors is as strong as ever. His Farmall-Land USA Museum, hard by I-80 in western Iowa, is a must-see for Red Power fans. Lettering on the front says, “Before I Grew Up, I was a Cub Cadet.”

 

The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

Just like a beauty queen: 1966 Massey-Ferguson 165

Dec 02, 2009

This tractor was featured for the month of October in the 2009 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

 

Looking like a beauty queen contestant with a perfect complexion, this multi-colored machine is pretty as a picture from any angle. The Massey-Ferguson early gas model had engines with 176 cu. in. and 47 PTO hp; later, larger engines came with 212. cu. in. at 52 PTO hp. This particular tractor has the 12-speed multi-power transmission. Collectors, note the four paint colors: Red/Rouge, Flint Metallic Gray, Silver Mist Gray, Aluminum. Owner Gene Taylor suffered a stroke, lost his job, and has found tractor restoration to be an enjoyable pastime.  



















 


Owner: Gene and Cindy Taylor

Savannah, Missouri

 

It wasn’t pretty when he bought it. Wouldn’t run, motor was locked up tighter than a bank’s safe, it needed paint and tires. It has been exposed to the elements for several years, but, baby look at it now. Gene did all the engine work. A friend, Jason Keller, did the paint job.

 

The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

1928 Hart-Parr 12-24: By the Boot Straps

Dec 01, 2009

This tractor was featured for the month of September in the 2009 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

 

The Hart-Parr people devised a demonstration to convince customers their new line of lightweight tractors was just the thing to replace the heavy and clumsy models built in the teens (one’s in the background). So, more than 80 years ago this “boot-strap” exhibit appeared at fairs and shows. The 1920 versions used leather straps rather than cables. If you were a Hart-Parr dealer, you could buy the kit from the H-P factory, use local lumber and build it yourself. The 12-24 was the smallest tractors in the Hart-Parr line, and it weighed about 4,800 lb.




















 

Owner: Gerold Mettler

Menno, South Dakota

 

“The original demos were 11’ tall, but mine is only 8’, so that I can haul it assembled on the truck,” Gerold says. “The idea was to prove this tractor was lightweight.”

 

Most people today need to have it all explained. He collects and restores Hart-Parrs.

 

The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

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