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February 2011 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1976 International 1568

Feb 28, 2011

Tractor of the month owned by J. Stewart Paquette, Leesburg, Fla.

Restored by Stewart and Lonny, Lessburg, Fla. This tractor originally came from Washington state. It has a cab that had no doors and was smashed in and birds had been living in it. Today, it’s fully restored on on J. Stewart Paquette’s ranch.

1961 Massey Ferguson 65 “High Crop”

Feb 27, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Tennessee edition. Owned and restored by J.P. Jones, Riceville, Tenn.

J.P. purchased the tractor at auction because it was the only MF High Crop he’d ever seen. After replacing the engine and clutch, J.P. restored the tractor to its original condition. In the background is a 250 year old slave shed. It is completely insulated with cedar shavings, and the dirt floor lies 2’ below the bottom of the door. The shed is currently used for storing canned goods and potatoes. 

1945 Allis Chalmers WC

Feb 26, 2011

1945AllisCHalmers northcarolinaOwned and restored by Jamie Austin, Marshville, NC.

The tractor was originally owned by Jamie’s grandfather, Fred Austin. After Fred passed away, the tractor sat outside for 20 years. It has since been completely restored.
Pictured with the tractor are Fred’s great grandson’s Graydon and Griffen
To learn more, visit the online Fastline digital edition.

1959 Farmall 140

Feb 25, 2011

Tractor of the month owned by Bob and Twili Welty, Louisville, Ky.

Restored by Fewell Tractor of Campbellsburg, Ky., and Classic Tractor Shop of Cross Plains, Ind. This tractor was originally purchased by the owner’s parents, Virgil and Alice Welty of Bedford, Ky. 
1959Farmall140 Kentucky 

1967 John Deere 4020 Restored for Wedding Anniversary

Feb 24, 2011

Tractor of the month owned by Daniel and Barbara Gaul, New Vienna, Iowa.

Daniel and Barbara bought this tractor new in 1967. Decades later their family and friends restored it as a surprise for their 50th wedding anniversary. The tractor is still being used on the farm
1967JohnDeere4020 IOwa 
To learn more, visit the online Fastline digital edition.

1973 Minneapolis Moline F1355 LP Wheatland

Feb 23, 2011

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Richard Lowry, Francesville, Ind.

This tractor was dismantled including the cab. Richard blasted, primed and painted the tractor in the fall of 2009. This is one of several Moline tractors that Richard owns.
1973MM Indiana 

1961 Oliver 880 Fit for a Wedding

Feb 22, 2011

Tractor of the month owned by Dennis Becker, Brian Becker and Mark Becker, Marine, Ill.

This tractor was used in the wedding of Nicole and Mark Becker on June 5th, 2010. After the ceremony, they had the photo taken of them on the tractor.
1961Oliver880 Illinois 

1937 Farmall F-20

Feb 15, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Texas edition.

Owned by Gerald Lehmann, New Braunfels, Texas.
Restored by the “Redneck Restoration Team” (A Comal County 4-H Club Team).
1937FarmallF Texas 
The restoration team included members Kameron Koepp, Clay Saur, Kendra Lehmann and Taylor Dean. It took them eight months to complete the project, as they encountered many problems including finding parts. The owner, Gerald Lehmann, purchased two additional tractors for parts. The tractor was completely painted by one of the team members and all gaskets were made by the team. The 4-H members will be taking their tractor project to upcoming shows including the Texas State Fair, San Antonio Stock Show, and Houston Stock Show.
For more information, visit the Fastline e-edition.  

A Tractor Family Portrait

Feb 14, 2011

restored tractor

restored tractor 2


Each year we have a theme for our Family portraits. Last year, we had just finished restoring this tractor – so of course – we had to use it.
Submitted by Jane Barber

1936 John Deere Unstyled A

Feb 14, 2011

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Mid-South edition.

Owned and restored by Kenneth Carson, Crowville, La.
1936JohnDeereUnstyledA Midsouth 
This tractor was cut out of the woods after sitting for 35 years. Kenneth restored the tractor in about a year and has taken it to a few tractor pulls. 
Learn more in the Fastline e-edition.

1960 John Deere 530

Feb 13, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Nebraska edition.

Owned by Duane and Karmon Lienemann, Hoskins, Neb. Restored by Wayne and Dallas Hansen and Mark Strate.
1960 JD 530 Nebraska 
The owners purchased this classic tractor in 2004. It ran but needed a lot of work. They received help from Mark Strate of Hoskins One Stop, as well as from Wayne and Dallas Hansen of Hansen Tractor Works in Pierce, Neb.
Learn more in the Fastline e-edition.

1936 John Deere D

Feb 12, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Kansas edition.

1936JohnDeereD kansas 
Owned by Leo V. Blaes, Cherryvale, Kan. Restored by William E. Blaes and painted by Wayne Blaes, Cherryvale, Kan. This tractor has been in the Blaes family since it was purchased new.
The Blaes family is in their fourth generation of farming and have owned nothing but John Deere equipment. 

1951 Ford 8N

Feb 11, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Ohio edition.

Ohio feb2011 8N 
Owned and restored by Dean Fender, Hillsboro, Ohio. 

1951 Oliver Standard 88

Feb 10, 2011

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Oklahoma edition.Owned and restored by Jacob Beck, Guthrie, Okla.


Rebuilt by Jacob Beck with help from his dad, Ray Beck and David Blakley, a family friend (all pictured). Jacob got the tractor when he was in the first grade. He is a freshman attending OSU. One of the best memories about the tractor was when he got to run the corn sheller at the Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show in Larned, KS.

A Red and Bronze 1957 Massey-Harris 50

Feb 04, 2011

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

Please don’t get excited folks, the colors are correct. The red and bronze paint scheme was used only from 1956 to 1958 during the transition of the Ferguson and Massey-Harris merger. The Massey-Harris 50 was sold by Massey-Harris dealer while its “twin” the Ferguson 40, was marketed by those dealers. Both the M-H 50 and Ferguson 40 were tested simultaneously at Nebraska in fall of 1956, so–surprise–tests were identical. Their Continental engines (3.3125 x 3.875 bore and stroke; 134 cu. in.) rated at 2,000 rpm produced 32 max PTO hp and 30 drawbar hp. Both models featured 6-speed transmissions with a top speed of 15 mph.

1957 MasseyHarris50
Owners: Ted and Jennifer Harms
New Hampton, Iowa
Ted farmed with John Deere tractors, but he drive this handsome Massey-Harris 50 on tractor rides in north-central Iowa. He is sometimes challenged by those who think it’s painted the wrong colors and has incorrect decals, but the tractor restoration was done correctly.
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Tractor Trendsetters: Ford-Ferguson 9N

Feb 02, 2011

Written by Larry Gay

In late October 1938, Harry Ferguson of England brought a Ferguson-Brown tractor with a hydraulically-controlled hitch to the U.S. and demonstrated his tractor and attached implements to Henry Ford. Ford was very impressed with how Ferguson’s tractor outperformed the Allis-Chalmers B and Fordson tractors that Ford used for comparison. As a result, Ford and Ferguson sat at a table in the field and worked out an agreement that Ford would manufacture a tractor with Ferguson’s patented hitching system and Ferguson would market the tractor and implements. The discussion ended with a handshake and was never put in writing.
Ten Ford engineers, led by Harold Brock, started designing the new tractor in January 1939. Two of Ferguson’s assistants helped adopt the hydraulic-hitching system into the tractor. To simplify the design process, the Ford engineers used many production automobile and truck parts and the 4-cylinder, 120-cubic-inch engine was derived from the Mercury V-8 automobile engine.
On June 29, 1939, the Ford-Ferguson 9N tractor was introduced to the press and the public. The 9N was a small, low-profile tractor with the operator’s seat positioned immediately above the transmission case, requiring the operator to straddle the transmission. Although the tractor had four wheels with one on each corner, it was not a standard-tread tractor because the wheels could be adjusted to match the spacing of row crops and the front axle had 21 inches of clearance. The 9N was the first example of what we now identify as a utility tractor.
One of the biggest problems encountered during the development process was what name to put on the tractor. Eventually it was decided to put the Ford name on one plate and Ferguson System on another plate. The tractor weighed about 2,140 pounds and the initial retail price was $585. About the first 750 were built with a cast aluminum hood until the stamping dies for the sheet metal hood were built.
The trade magazines were impressed by the unique hitching system on the rear of the tractor for attaching a series of wheel-less implements. Demonstrations during the introduction meeting emphasized the ease of attaching the implements, backing into corners, and the weight transfer to the tractor’s rear wheels. This hitching system soon became known as a 3-point hitch.
The 9N model became the 2N during World War II with the material changes required due to the war, but the serial number retained the 9N prefix. From 1939 through 1947, Ford Motor Company built about 99,000 of the 9N and 207,000 of the 2N for a total of about 306,000 tractors.
Harold Brock continued to lead the Ford tractor engineers until 1959. By 1963, he was the leader of the John Deere tractor engineers when the John Deere 4020 tractor was introduced. Two classic tractors in one engineer’s lifetime is an outstanding achievement. Harold Brock passed away on January 2, 2011 at the age of 96.
Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including A Guide to Ford, Fordson, and New Holland Tractors. This book may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click history books.

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