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December 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1972 International Harvester Hydro 266

Dec 21, 2012

This 1972 International Harvester Hydro 266 tractor is featured on the cover of the January 2013 edition of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition:

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Josh Blaker of Shepherdsville, Ky., owns the tractor and helped restore it along with Mike and Robert Blaker. Read more on page 94 of the digital version of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition.
 

1958 John Deere 720 Diesel

Dec 20, 2012

This 1958 John Deere 720 Diesel tractor is featured on the cover of the January 2013 edition of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition:

122012IndianaFarm 1958JohnDeere720Diesel

Warren Burch of Hamlet, Ind., owns the tractor, and Brian Hazelton restored it. Read more on page 78 of the digital version of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition.
 

1979 IH 1486

Dec 18, 2012

This 1979 IH 1486 tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 January edition of Fastline’s Illinois Farm Edition:

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Josh and Darci Francque of Dixon, Ill., own the tractor, and Nate Shank of Dixon, Ill., restored it. Read more on pg. 104 of the digital version of Fastline’s Illinois Farm Edition.
 

1953 Oliver 88 Diesel

Dec 17, 2012

This 1953 Oliver 88 Diesel tractor is featured on the cover of the January edition of Fastline’s Iowa Farm Edition:

121712 IowaFarm 1953Oliver88Diesel

Wilbert Hadley of Nevada, Iowa, owns the tractor and restored it. Read more on page 96 of the digital version of Fastline’s Iowa Farm Edition.
 

1962 Allis Chalmers D17

Dec 15, 2012

This 1962 Allis Chalmers D17 tractor is featured on the cover of the January 2013 edition of Fastline’s Kansas Farm Edition:

121512 KansasFarm 1962AllisChalmersD17

Fred and Darry Meng of Troy, Kan., own the tractor and restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Kansas Farm Edition.
 

Tractor Trendsetters: Case 70 Series

Dec 14, 2012

Tractor Trendsetters: Case 70 Series

Written by Larry Gay

In the Farm Tractors 1950-1975 book, author Lester Larsen reported the North Dakota State Highway Department started developing safety frames for its highway mowing tractors in 1959 to protect the operator if the tractor overturned. The University of Nebraska began conducting demonstrations at its Tractor Power and Safety Days in which a remote controlled tractor with a dummy on the seat was overturned. The tractor was equipped with a frame to protect the tractor during the overturn, but Jughead, the dummy, was always a casualty because there was no frame to protect him.

Cabs for farm tractors began to become popular during the 1960s with aftermarket suppliers selling them as attachments. However, these early cabs offered no protection to the operator if the tractor overturned. In 1966, John Deere announced the Roll-Gard, a 2-post roll-over protective structure (ROPS). A seat belt was included as it was needed to keep the operator in the safe zone provided by the ROPS if the tractor rolled over. A canopy, which attached to the top of the Roll-Gard and provided shade from the sun, was an option. Later John Deere offered a Roll-Gard Cab which was a combination of the Roll-Gard and a cab large enough to fit over the 2-post ROPS.

The J. I. Case Company held its "Intro 70" dealer meeting in the Racine-Milwaukee area during August 1969 and introduced four models of the 70 series tractors for 1970--the 770, 870, 970, and 1070. It was at this meeting that the company retired Old Abe, the eagle on a globe trademark, and replaced it with a Case symbol using white letters with vertical bars on a red rectangle. The new cab for these tractors was factory designed and included a built-in ROPS in its frame, along with a seat belt. Now there was a tractor cab which combined safety with comfort in one package. The comfort features included a choice of three deluxe seats, an isolated platform with rubber mounts, vinyl covered cellar foam padding for noise reduction, tight seals, two pressurizing fans, and optional heat and air conditioning.

The Case 770 was classified as a 4-5 plow tractor, the 870 as a 5-plow tractor, the 970 as a 6-plow tractor, and the 1070 as a 7-plow tractor. These large row-crop tractors could be equipped with an adjustable wide front axle or dual front wheels. The 1070 was powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine and the 970 by a 6-cylinder gasoline or diesel engine. The 870 and 770 offered a choice of 4-cylinder gasoline or diesel engines. The standard transmission provided 8-forward speeds and the partial powershift transmission with 12-forward speeds was optional. The 3-point hitch was a Category II size and the independent PTO provided 540 and 1000 rpm speeds.

Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books and the "Machinery Milestones" articles in Heritage Iron magazine. To learn more about this magazine which focuses on the 1960-1985 era, go to heritageiron.com or call 1-855-old iron.
 

1972 John Deere 4020 Diesel

Dec 11, 2012

This 1972 John Deere 4020 Diesel tractor is featured on the cover of the January 2013 edition of Fastline's Oklahoma Farm Edition:

January2013 OklahomaFarm 1972JohnDeere4020Diesel

P&K Farm Equipment of Enid, Okla., owns the tractor and restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline's Oklahoma Farm Edition. 

What’s This? A Dazzling Purple Oliver

Dec 05, 2012

On the March page of this year’s Classic Farm Tractors Calendar, there’s a purple (or is it lavender? Check it out here /) 19966 Oliver 1850 hooked to an Oliver Model 565 Plow, explaining that a few Olivers (normally painted Meadow Green) were painted purple that year to get farmers’ attention at ag shows – to introduce the new Oliver high-speed plows.

Back Cover 1966 Oliver 1850

It was a great promotional idea that sold a slew of plows – reinforcing Oliver’s fine reputation for plow-making.
The Oliver sales team had used color in another promotion 30 year earlier. At regional farm fairs, Oliver displayed new tractors painted different colors and farmers were asked to vote for the color they liked best. Meadow Green won the color contest.
At one of those farm shows in Pennsylvania, William Cover purchased the 1937 Oliver 70 tractor used in the color contest – it was painted red.
His grandson restored that tractor and it appeared in the 2000 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar, along with the granddad and grandson.
Now fast forward to today…. The spectacular dark purple Oliver above belongs to Lisa and Mark Meinders of Leighton, Iowa. It’s an attention-getter at tractor shows, parades and tractor rides.
It’s possible this Oliver is better known than the Morgan’s 1850 on the March page because the Meinders have taken it on the WHO Radio’s Great Iowa Tractor Ride a 170-mile drive through the Iowa countryside several times.
Mark completely overhauled the gas engine, including a new crankshaft. Then he pained it purple for Lisa. It’s her tractor.
Back Cover 1958 Oliver Super 88 
Another Oliver to note, is this original 1958 Oliver Super 88, owned by Mike Kalsem, Huxley, Iowa. He and his father, Dave Kalsem, are avid Oliver enthusiasts with collections of Oliver tractors machinery and memorabilia. It was cold and snow when this picture was taken. This was the December page of the 2008 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.
 
These tractors are featured in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.
 

1935 Farmall F-12 with Tedder

Dec 03, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of December in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

“Taking the winter off” is a fitting caption for this 78-year-old Farmall and the tedder attached—used to stir and spread hay to hurry-up drying. Owner Eric Meyer captured this winter wonderland photo and says his father farmed with Farmall F-12s; thus, “this is a tribute to his memory.”
International Harvester built more than 120,000 F-12s between 1932 and 1938, a remarkable fiture when you consider this was during the Great Depression. At first the F-12 was fitted with a Waukesha engine; but IH soon replaced it with its own, a 4-cyl. OHV engine, 113 cid, rated at 1,400 rpm. You had a choice of gas or distallate fuel. The tractor weighted in at 3,280 lb., had a 3-speed transmission. Rubber tires, wide front were optional.
12 Dec 1935 Farmall F 12 with Tedder
Owner: Eric Meyer
Hinsdale, New York
He works for a manufacturing firm that once made hay forks and saw mills. Now, they build turbo compressors, huge items. “The F-12 is a more a lawn ornament than a working model.” One hobby is making birdhouses for his grandkids.
This tractor is featured for the month of December in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1944 Oliver 70 with Raby Cab

Dec 01, 2012

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

A classic through and through, the Oliver 70 was the first major brand tractor with a 6 cyl. engine. Built from 1935 to 1948, this 6-speed version showed 31.5 PTO hp at 1,500 rpm from its 201 cu. in. engine. (Nebraska test No. 351). Top speed: 13.4 mph on 40” tires. The Raby cab was a fine after-market product made by Raby Mfg., Table Grove, Ill. At the time this Oliver was built, the cab cost a cool $175 but was a warm deal for the driver. Raby cabs were also available for Farmall H and M models, as well as John Deere A tractors. Note, new 9.5 x 40” tires—they came from Israel.
1944 Oliver 70 with Raby Cab
Owner: Tim Thurmer
Jackson, Minnesota
Tim and his late uncle Leroy liked Olivers. Tim is on the lookout for other brands as well, especially unusual models. He and a friend have tackled a Minne-Mo R with factory cab and factory duals.
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