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October 2011 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1973 Oliver Model 75 and Model 125H

Oct 31, 2011

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

They were sold only in 1973 by Jacobson with an Oliver badge, so these riding lawn mowers are quite collectible today. The Oliver T&C were offered in four different sizes, but there were actually five models: the 75, 105, 125G, 125H, and 145.

The Model 75 was smallest with a gear drive and 7 hp Briggs & Stratton engine. List price was $760.
The Model 125H was a hydrostat unit powered by a 12 hp Kohler engine.
The 75 weighed 750 lb., the 125H 770 lb. The Model 145 was the Deluxe version. It featured a 14 hp Kohler engine, with balancing internal counterweights, hydrostatic drive transmission, hydraulic lift and lights. How rare are the Oliver T&C mowers? Oliver experts believe fewer than 400 units were built.
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Owner: Bernard Scott
Cocoa, Florida
Bernie Scott is a gregarious guy who knows just about everybody in this history/hobby of tractors. Though he lives in Florida, he attends tractor shows and sales all over the country. He specializes in rare tractors—of all sizes and various brands.
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.

1968 Allis Chalmers D-21

Oct 28, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Missouri edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Boyd Miller, Savannah, Mo.
1968 Allis Chalmers D 21
Miller purchased this classic tractor in 2006. The tine work was painted by Craig Lampton of Savannah, Mo., and other restoration was the work of Miller himself.

1949 John Deere A

Oct 27, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Northwest edition.

1949 John Deere A

Tractor of the month owned by Joe Miller. Restored by Joel Miller and his father.
The owner plants to pull this tractor at local tractor shows. The motor is rebuilt and all is back to original.

1973 John Deere 4230

Oct 26, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Rocky Mountain edition.

1973 John Deere 4230

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Andrew L. Jacques.

Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1953 Allis Chalmers WD45

Oct 25, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Minnesota edition.

1953 Allis Chalmers WD45

Tractor of the month owned by Delbert Fischer Jr., New Ulm, Minn.Restored by Mike Fischer of New Ulm, Minn.
This tractor was bought new in 1953 and has been in the Fischer family ever since. In 2005 Mike, Delbert’s son, began fully restored the WD35. The restoration consisterd of completely dismantling, right down to the last bolt, and then it was sandblasted. The parts were primed and the tractor was then reassembled and painted. The WD45 got a complete engine overhaul and new rubber. It is still used daily for minor utility work.

1958 IH 660D

Oct 24, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Far West edition.

1958 IH 660D

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Ron Gab.

1951 Farmall Super MD

Oct 23, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Dakotas edition.

Tractor owned by Jay Ahart, Alcester, SD.
1951 Farmall Super MD
According to its owner, this tractor has a 5.7 GM Diesel mounted in and is fully funcational.

1960 Uzina 445

Oct 21, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Wisconsin edition.


Tractor of the month owned and restored by Ralph Williams, Elkhorn, Wisc.

1963 D17 Allis-Chalmers

Oct 13, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Tennessee edition.

Owned by Harry Lunn of Spring Hill, Tenn.  Restored by Danny Cathey.
1963 D17 Allis Chalmers
Harry’s deceased father, Hugh Lunn, purchased the tractor new in 1963. Danny spent many months restoring it to its original state.

1950 Massey Harris Pony

Oct 12, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Illinois edition.

Owned and restored by Ronnie L. Phillips.
When Ronnie initially bought this tractor before he started restoring it, the engine needed a complete overhaul first. Today, he now runs it in parades and county fairs.

1975 International 4166

Oct 11, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Indiana edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Richard Walker, Charlottesville, Ind.
1975 International 4166
This ’75 International 4166 is a four-wheel-drive and is one of the 2,400 produced from 1972 – 1976. It was restored in 2010 by Richard and his sons.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1967 Minneapolis-Moline G 1000 Vista

Oct 10, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Iowa edition.

Owned by Ray Hoffman, Jr., Westfield, Iowa.
1967 Minneapolis Moline G 1000 Vista
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.

1942 Farmall H

Oct 09, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Mid-Atlantic Edition.

Owned and restored by Joe Langley, Staley N.C.
1942 Farmall H
Clark Langley bought this Farmall H tractor in 1942 from Clapp Tractor in Siler City, N.C. Now, almost 70 years later the tractor remains a family treasure. It was completely restored by Clark’s son, Joe, and his grandson, Chad. After years of working on the family’s cattle and tobacco farm in Staley, the H was proudly retired and shown in local parades by Joe. Coincidentally, Joe has worked at the very place where his father purchased the tractor since 1961.

1946 Allis-Chalmers C

Oct 08, 2011
Cover tractor of the month Fastline Kentucky edition.
Tractor of the month owned by Michael and Shelly Williams, Logan County, Ky.
Restored by Michael and his father.
1946 Allis Chalmers C
When Michael acquired this tractor, it needed a complete restoration. He and his father repainted it and overhauled the motor. The “C” has 18 to 23 hp at the drawbar. Michael’s grandfather farmed with a  “C” like this one, so he has always like this particular tractor.

1968 Massey Ferguson 175 Diesel

Oct 07, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Southeast edition.

Tractor of the month restored by Eufaula High School FFA, Eufaula, Ala.
Pictured are: Jackson Harris, Leeann Potts, Scott Bonner, Zach Padgett, Chad Hamm and Allyssa Milner.
This tractor was in very rough condition when it was donated to the FFA chapter last spring. Six chapter members worked a combined 965 hours over the summer in order to bring it back to working condition.

1952 Farmall H

Oct 06, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Michigan edition.

Tractor of the month restored by Linwood Gravlin, Gravlin Farms, North Branch, Mich.
1952 Farmall H
This Farmall H has been in Linwood’s family since it was bought new in 1952 from King Brothers in Pontiac, Mich. It was used on their farm in Troy and moved with them to North Branch in 1957. They still use it on their 250 acre crop and sheep farm today. Linwood spent the past winter restoring the Farmall to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Keep 'em Rolling: The Gathering of the Orange

Oct 04, 2011

The cover of the 2012 Classic Farm Tractors calendar, 23rd in the series, features the Allis-Chalmers Collectors Parade at the Gathering of the Orange.

The calendar is available to purchase by visiting the Classic Tractor Fever website or calling 1-800-888-8979.
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On a gravel raod along the Little Sioux River, a parade of Allis-Chalmers tractors rolls toward the Gathering of the Orange, held in the Albert City, Iowa, Threshermen and Collectors Show.
In the lead is Lynn Bushards’ 1953 WD, Garfield, Minn.; behind him, Sheridan Hansen’s rare 1939 WC High Crop, Cedar City, Utah; then Don Slick’s 1958 D-14 tricycle, Mt. Carroll, Ill.
Next comes Arlo Anderson’s 1949 WD, Leonard, N.D., followed by Jim Lunneborg’s 1949 WD with flags a-flyin’, Rutland, N.D.; the tractor with the orange topper is Jim Braglof’s 1961 D-15, Spencer, Iowa.
These guys are in the middle of the pack of some 30 Allis-Chalmers making the trek across three states from Madison, S.D., through southwest Minnesota and into northwest Iowa to literally Gather the Orange.
A revered 1955 WD-45 owned by Jim Roney, Oakes, N.D., had trekked 950 miles from Ashton, Utah, to the Rollag, Minn., Gathering of the Orange. He has since ridden it on all three legs of the Oakes-Manitoba-Oakes-Madison-Albert City odyssey. In between, it has been to Wisconsin, across Lake Michigan on a ferry, all around the Allis-Chalmers factory at West Allis, Wis., and on to another Gathering at Union Grove, Wis.
1955 Allis Chalmers WD 45
"As long as A-C collectors are around, the Allis-Chalmers brand will be alive and loved," says one collector.
Learn more by getting your own copy of the calendar here or calling 1-800-888-8979.

Tractor Trendsetters: Farmall Super M-TA

Oct 03, 2011

Written by Larry Gay

The earliest farm tractors were built with transmissions that provided one speed forward and one speed in reverse. Then, as tractors began to be used for field work, the manufacturers added a second forward speed. Hart-Parr advertised that its speeds of 2 and 3 miles per hour provided the proper speed for plowing and the flexibility for other tasks. Many of the new tractor models introduced during the 1920s were equipped with three-speed transmissions.
Rubber tires for tractors were introduced in the fall of 1932 and farmers soon requested a faster speed for transportation on the roads. Tractor manufacturers answered by building tractors with four, five or six forward speeds. These additional gears enabled the farmer to better match the tractor’s speed with the task being performed and resulted in a more efficient operation. However, changing gears required engaging the clutch, which in turn often resulted in the tractor stopping, especially when shifting to a slower speed.
Fifty-seven years ago, in 1954, International Harvester introduced the Farmall Super M-TA tractor with its Torque-Amplifier drive. This new type of planetary gear drive enabled the operator to shift from a regular speed to a slower speed by pulling a lever while on-the-go without using the clutch. Shifting to the slower speed increased the pulling power by 48% and decreased the travel speed by 32%. The operator could return to the regular speed by moving the lever in the other direction, again while on-the-go. The Farmall Super M-TA used a five-speed gearbox and the Torque-Amplifier drive to provide 10 forward speeds and two in reverse. It was the first example of what is known today as a partial powershift transmission.
The Farmall Super M-TA was rated as a four-plow tractor with 48-belt horsepower. It was powered with a four-cylinder, 264-cu.-in. International gasoline or diesel engine. The five regular speeds ranged from 2.5 to 16.7 miles per hour and the reduced Torque-Amplifier speeds ranged from 1.7 to 11.3 miles per hour. Torque-Amplifier also enabled an operator to start pulling a heavy wagon in fifth-TA and then shift to the regular fifth gear after getting the load moving. The Super M-TA provided additional flexibility for varying crop conditions with a live PTO and live hydraulics.
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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