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January 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1937 John Deere A

Jan 23, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Iowa edition.

Owned and restored by Warren Grable.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1946 Farmall M

Jan 20, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Mid-South edition.


Owned and restored by Benny and Chris Carpenter, Austin, Arkansas.
Benny got this Farmall M as a trade, bad motor and all. They started the 3-month restoration of the Farmall in their muffler and welding shop in Cabot, Arkansas. Benny and Chris did all of the machine and paint work on this 1946 Farmall.
Learn more in the digital Fastline edition.

1959 Oliver 880

Jan 19, 2012

Owned and restored by Steve Merritt, Kearney, Neb.

Fastline cover tractor of the month Fastline Nebraska edition.
1959 Oliver 880
Learn more in the digital Fastline edition.


1936 Minneapolis Moline Twin City

Jan 18, 2012

Owned and restored by Allen O’Neal, Quanah, Texas.

Fastline cover tractor of the month Fastline Texas edition.
Allen bought this tractor four years ago from an old friend, Phil Prescott, who had retired from farming. Allen cleaned and restored it back to its original condition. Pictured next to the tractor is Jayden O’Neal, daughter of Allen and his wife, Pam. The picture was taken in the Spring of 2011 when Jayden was 15 months old.

1936 John Deere Unstyled A in Oklahoma

Jan 17, 2012

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Oklahoma edition.

Owned and restored by Kenneth Carson.
1936 John Deere Unstyled A

1973 White 2255

Jan 13, 2012

Tractor of the month, Fastline Kansas edition.

Owned by Dale DeLong, Emporia, Kan.
Dale bought this tractor at an auction in Canada and had it shipped to him in Kansas. In 2011, he restored the tractor to its original new look.

1954 John Deere Model 70

Jan 12, 2012

Owned and restored by Jerry Hart, Enid, Oklahoma.

The tractor is a 2-cylinder, propane, wide front end tractor. Jerry and his wife reside on their farm near Enid, Oklahoma. Pictured with the tractor are the ladies from KNID Agrifest.
1954 John Deere Model 70

1967 Farmall 856 Diesel

Jan 11, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Ohio edition.

Owned and restored by Arlen Schmucker, Stryker, Ohio.
Arlen purchased this 856 in 1985 and personally began the restoration project. Restoration started December 2006 and was complete in March 2007. The 856 was disassembled, sandblasted, primed and painted with three coats of red paint and clear coated with NAPA Tec Base Clear Coat. This tractor is in excellent condition and still does farm work today.

1967 Farmall 856 Diesel

1962 John Deere 4010 Diesel

Jan 10, 2012
Tractor of the month, Fastline Far West Ag edition.
Owned and restored by Roger Gutschmidt.
1962 John Deere 4010 Diesel

A VERY Rare 1967 Case 930 LP Comfort King Wheatland

Jan 06, 2012

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

You’re looking at one of the most desirable special Case tractors in the country. It’s a Wheatland, with those handsome fancy fenders. It’s a rare LP gas model. It’s a near-perfect original, only 1,080 hours, original tires and original paint!
This is one of the final/rugged chain-drive model made in a special run in 1967—a design dating to 1929 in the Case L. In Nebraska test No. 922, the Case 930 LP gas rated 85.5 PTO hp at 1,800 rpm from a 377 cu. in. 6-cylinder engine. The LP gas option (pressurized tank is located behind the seat), cost an additional $390. This tractor was brought new by Kansan Ben Schneider at Bridgeport Implement, Bridgeport, Neb.
1967 Case 930 LP Comfort King Wheatland 
Owner: John Ahlers
Bigelow, Minnesota
John, his wife Sue, and sons Logan and Landen farm with and collect Case tractors, specializing in low-hour, original models like the beauty above. We want to thank John and photography Mike Hood for braving snow and cold to capture this photo.
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Tractor Trendsetters: Minneapolis-Moline UDLX

Jan 03, 2012

Written By Larry Gay

Minneapolis-Moline introduced the standard-tread U tractor in the summer of 1938. It was rated as a 3-4 plow tractor and its 4-cylinder, high-compression Minneapolis-Moline engine for gasoline produced an estimated 47 belt horsepower. The maximum drawbar horsepower was estimated to be 38 with rubber tires and 33 with steel wheels. The 5-speed transmission enabled the tractor to travel at speeds up to 20 mph on rubber tires. The metal pan seat was supported by a compressed rubber mounting. The MM U tractor was controlled by a hand clutch and the two brake pedals were located behind the rear axle, with one on the left and one on the right. The U was painted the new MM colors of Prairie Gold with red wheels and grill. 

An exciting new tractor introduction occurred on September 23, 1938 when Minneapolis-Moline held a National Harvest Festival and Style Show at the Minneapolis Municipal Auditorium. With 12,000 people present, the curtains were opened to reveal five examples of the new UDLX Comfortractor, three with an enclosed steel cab and two without. This new approach to tractor design was based on the standard-tread U model, but featured a steel cab, fenders over all four wheels, and a front bumper. With a top speed of 40 mph and upholstered seating for two people, the UDLX was capable of working in the fields and then being driven to town.

The UDLX Comfortractor was powered by the engine from the standard-tread U and carried the same 3-4 plow rating. The 12.75-32 rear tires and the 5-speed transmission combined to provide speeds of 2.7, 3.5, 4.7, 10.2, and 20 mph. A variable speed governor controlled by a “foot-feed” enabled the UDLX to reach the 40 mph speed in fifth gear. The cab was equipped with a heater, radio, horn, windshield wipers, safety glass in the windows, rearview mirror with clock, sun visor, a clutch pedal, and a brake pedal. Starter and lights were standard equipment. The right fender could be quickly removed for belt work and a PTO was available. Magazine articles described the UDLX as the world’s most modern tractor, a cornfield limousine, and as a truck-tractor, replacing a truck by pulling a trailer. Minneapolis-Moline said an independent survey of farmers made before the UDLX was introduced revealed 50 percent of the farmers wanted a tractor with a cab. However, this didn’t happen in the marketplace as only 150 of the UDLX Comfortractors were produced. It would be the 1960s before cabs for tractors became popular.

Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Farm Tractors 1975-1995 and Farm Tractors 1995-2005. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click book catalog. 

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