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September 2011 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1962 Minneapolis-Moline 706 G (LP)

Sep 30, 2011

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

On a perfect fall day, this beautiful brute is doing what it does best: plowing wheat stubble, pulling a Moline 5-bottom, 16” plow. The Minneapolis-Moline Model G 706 (LP) had a 504-cu. in. 6-cyl. engine (bored and stroke of 4 5/8 x 5) that produced 101 hp at a leisurely 1,600 rpm in Nebraska test 834. The diesel version’s test was virtually identical. It used an Elwood front axle which was a full-time 4WD. This M-M model was built and sold from 1962 to 1965.
1962 MinneapolisMolineG706LP 
Owner: Wesley Knutsen
Canby, Minnesota
He enjoys collecting, restoring and “playing with” Minne-Mo standard treads on his western Minnesota farm. Another favorite is a ’59 GB sporting 403 cu. in. and 70 PTO hp. It pulls a 4-bottom, 16” M-M plow. 
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.

1964 John Deere 4020 Power Shift

Sep 27, 2011

My father-in-law bought this 1964 John Deere 4020 Power Shift new. The tractor and a five-bottom plow cost $5,900.

I bought it from him in 1978 and had it repainted in 2005. We still use the 4020 today for mowing and other jobs around the farm.

1964 JD 4020

We plan on keeping the tractor in the family. My youngest son already has his eye on it.

-Richard Bainbridge, Montgomery City, Mo.

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1941 John Deere B with Patriotic Lineage

Sep 26, 2011

Tractor cover of the month, Fastline Texas edition.

Owned and restored by John D. Flippen, Axtell, Texas.
John is just the third owner of the tractor. The first owner bought it in 1941, fought in World War II and died in combat. His dad sold it to its second owner, who in turn sold it when his son didn’t return home from combat. John bought it in 2006, still in its original condition with the owner’s manual. He restored it with the help of friends and family. He hopes his children will carry on the passion of restoring old tractors and passing along their stories.
Learn more in the digital Fastline edition.

1960 John Deere 630

Sep 25, 2011

Tractor cover of the month Fastline Kansas edition.

Owned by Dick and Jane Boling, Aurora, Kan.
Dick and Jane bought this tractor three years ago from Larry Morris who originally restored the tractor. Today, Dick only shows it off at fairs and parades.
Learn more in the digital Fastline edition.

1963 Oliver 1600

Sep 24, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Nebraska edition.

Tractor owned by Paul Kamphoefner.
1963 Oliver 1600
Restored by Joe Kampohoefner and Kevin Meyer.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1969 Farmall International 806T

Sep 23, 2011

Tractor of the month Fastline Mid-South edition.


This tractor is owned by Denver McMurtry.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

Father-Son Restored 1969 John Deere 4020

Sep 21, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Oklahoma edition.

This tractor is owned by Jeff Ballagh, Newkirk, Okla., and its was restored by Jeff and his son, Brent (pictured).
Jeff purchased the tractor 20 years ago, and in the winter of 2009 he and Brent started the restoration project. While working on it off and on between cattle chores in the winter, it was ready for its new paint job by spring, The tractor is used mostly to move hay, rake hay and run the grain auger in the summer.

1945 Allis Chalmers B

Sep 17, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Ohio edition.

Owned and restored by Brady and Blake Campbell and the Waterford FFA Chapter, Waterford, Ohio.
This tractor has been in the Campbell family for four years. When Brad and Blake entered FFA, the restoration of the tractor began. The project was completed in April 2011. Their most satisfying part of the restoration project was getting the tractor finished and presenting it to the community at the annual FFA Banquet.

Tractor Trendsetters: Waterloo Boy N

Sep 07, 2011

Written by Larry Gay

The first major event in the U.S. to compare tractors was the National Power Farming Demonstration held near Fremont, Neb., in September 1913. Twenty-three tractor companies demonstrated 39 tractors which were used primarily for plowing. This became an annual event and by 1916 there was a circuit of seven tractor demonstrations, with the companies moving their equipment from show to show. The 1916 Fremont demonstration with 80 plowing tractors attracted over 90,000 spectators, including Cyrus H. McCormick, J. D. Oliver and Henry Ford, who demonstrated three of his experimental tractors.
However, the plowing demonstrations did not identify which tractors were more reliable or how well they met their often exaggerated advertising claims. The tractor industry began to discuss the need for standardized ratings for tractors and an unsuccessful attempt was made to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture create a commission to test tractors. In 1918, comparison testing of tractors began when the Agricultural Engineering Department of Ohio State University measured the productivity and fuel economy of 20 tractors while plowing. Then in 1919, the state of Nebraska passed a law which required every tractor model sold in Nebraska to be tested. The testing responsibility was assigned to the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Nebraska.
Ninety-one years ago, the Waterloo Boy N tractor had the distinction of being the first completed test by the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab. Tested in March and April 1920, the model N, with a two-speed transmission, traced its heritage back to 1914 when the Waterloo Gas Engine Company introduced the model R, which was similar but with a one-speed transmission. In March 1918, Deere & Company purchased the Waterloo Gas Engine Company and the Waterloo Boy tractor became part of John Deere.
The John Deere Waterloo Boy N was powered by a horizontal, two-cylinder engine which burned kerosene. The bore and stroke were 6.50"x7.00" and the rated engine speed was 750 rpm. As a result of the drawbar and belt power tests at Nebraska, the Waterloo Boy N was rated as a 12-25 tractor, meaning 12 drawbar horsepower and 25 belt horsepower. Although a total of 69 tests are listed for the 1920 test season, three of the tractors were withdrawn and their test results were not published. Although the test procedures have been revised several times as tractors have become larger and more complex, the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab continues to test tractors.
Larry Gay is the author of four farm tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or; click Publications and then Publications Catalog.

1946 Farmall BN

Sep 02, 2011

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

In 1939, when International Harvester introduced a new line of exciting tractors such as the Model M, H, C, the A, and the B were included with their big brothers. The same basic engine (a 4 cylinder, 3x4 bore/stroke), delivering about 16 drawbar hp, was used in the A and B, but the B had tread width of 64” to 92”, compared to 40 to 68 in. for the A. The B weighed less than 1,800 lb. but could pull a single 16” plow. Also, you had the choice of three wheel designs. The streamlined hood and offset seat gave an unobstructed view for cultivating crops (called “CultiVision”). Rear wheel weights cost $14.25/each, front wheel weigths were $4.50 each. In 1940, a Farmall B cost you $605.

1946 FarmallBN

Owner: Ray Miller
Hooversville, Penn.
Ray and family hold their own Red Power Roundup when his kids and grandkids have a get-together. They have all the Farmall letter series. Ray displays BN at local shows as well as the national Red Power Roundup.
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.

Allis-Chalmers – The 2012 Feature Tractor

Sep 01, 2011

Written by Larry Gay

The Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, decided to diversify in 1914 by entering the farm equipment market. Its first product was the 10-18 tractor with two rear drive wheels and a single front wheel which was in-line with the right rear wheel. About 1917, A-C added the General Purpose or 6-12 tractor. Its configuration used two drive wheels beside the engine and required an implement or sulky with an operator’s seat to complete the tractor.

By the 1920s, the Allis-Chalmers tractor line consisted of three models of standard-tread tractors, but sales were very slow. Harry Merritt was appointed manager of the Tractor Division in 1926 and was told to improve sales or close the division. Under Merritt’s leadership, Allis-Chalmers moved from a distant seventh place in industry sales in 1929 to a solid third place in 1936.

Merritt improved the A-C distribution system by buying Advance-Rumely with its extensive system of sales branches and dealers. The product line was expanded by buying the LaCrosse Plow Company (tillage tools), the Monarch Tractor Corporation (crawler tractors), and Advance-Rumely (harvesting equipment). Merritt improved the existing tractor models by simplifying their design, reducing their retail price, and changing their color from dark green to bright orange.

In 1932 Allis-Chalmers introduced low-pressure, pneumatic tires for farm tractors. The small Allis-Chalmers All-Crop combine, with its unique crosswise separator, lead the change from threshing rings to small combines in the Midwest. Other unique A-C products introduced later were the rear-engine model G tractor and the Roto-Baler that made small round bales.

The popular WC tractor, introduced in 1933, was replaced by the model WD in 1948 and in turn by the WD-45 in 1953. By the 1960s, the A-C line of tractors extended from the D10 with 28 PTO horsepower to the D21 Series II with 128 PTO horsepower. The Allis-Chalmers brand of farm equipment ended in 1985 when it was sold to Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz of Germany.

In 2012 the Antique Engine and Tractor Association will feature Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment. Come see and enjoy the many Allis-Chalmers tractors that will be on display at the 2012 AETA September show.

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