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May 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1968 John Deere 4020

May 31, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Southeast edition.

This John Deere 4020 is owned by Jeff Peters, Social Circle, Georgia. It was restored by Jeff, Justin and Al Peters.
1968 John Deere 4020

1972 International 1468 and 1975 International 1568

May 30, 2012

Tractors of the month Fastline Ohio edition.

These International tractors are owned and restored by Jim Baltzy, Beach City, Ohio.
1972 International 1468 and 1975 International 1568

1971 John Deere 4000

May 29, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Nebraska edition.

This 1971 John Deere 400 is owned by Anton Hekrdle, Stanton, Neb. Anton also restored this tractor.
1971JohnDeere7000

1963 Oliver 770

May 28, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Minnesota edition.

This 1963 Oliver 770 diesel is owned by Lee Smith, Wilmont, Minn.
Mechanical restoration by Rob Fuerstenberg of Wilmont, Minn.
Restoring and painting done by Virgil Hoffman of Wilmont, Minn.
Smith purchased this tractor from Ling Implement in Worthington, Minn., on November 27, 1970 for $1639.21 after trading in his Oliver 77.
1963Oliver770Diesel

 

1952 Farmall Super C

May 27, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Mid South edition.

This 1952 Farmall Super C is owned by Lile Kitchens. It was restored by Jeremy Kitchens and Brandon Rollins, Lewisville, Ark.
1952FarmallSuperC

1947 Allis Chalmers B

May 26, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Michigan edition.

This 1947 AC is owned by Larry Engel, Hemlcok, Mich. It was restored by Larry and Duane Vasold.
Larry purchased this tractor in 2007. Upon inspecting his tractor, he realized the motor was frozen. During the restoration process, two cylinders were freed up. They used Allis Chalmers parts that they purchased from John, located in Marlette, Mich. The final stage of the restoration process was a brand-new paint job.
1947AllisChalmersB

1938 John Deere B

May 25, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Kansas edition.

This 1938 John Deere B is owned by Howard Kranz, Wetmore, Kan. The tractor was restored by Leo Baker.
Howard originally bought his John Deere B back in the mid 60s at a farm sale for only $17.50. Forty years later he decided to restore it and looked to his neighbor, Leo Baker for help. It now sits on his farm looking exactly like it did when he bought it forty years ago.

1938JohnDeereBKansas

1959 Ford 881 Gold Demonstrator

May 24, 2012

Fastline tractor of the month Indiana edition.

This 1959 Ford with a golden touch is owned and restored by Vernon Konradi, Batesville, Ind.
Vernon bought this tractor in 2008 and began restoring it right away. In addition to fully restoring the Demonstrator, Vernon also completely rebuilt its engine. The Demonstrator was restored by Vernon with the help of a few friends along the way. The paint job was professionally done by Larry Belter, Batesville, Indiana.
1959Ford881GoldDemonstrator

1966 International 806 Gas

May 23, 2012

Fastline tractor of the month Illinois edition.

This International 806 Gas model is owned by Todd Bruegger, Ridott, Ill. It was restored by Bartell’s Restoration. Bruegger owned this 1966 International 806 Gas for 33 years after buying it in 1978 when he was just a senior in high school. He has been using it on his farm ever since. He also pulled it with the Badger State Tractor Pullers from 1980 to 1983 in the 9250 non-turbo class. In 2008 he had it fully restored.
1966International806Gas

1958 International 660D

May 22, 2012

Fastline tractor of the month Dakotas edition.

This International 660D is owned by Ron and Ruby Gab, Eureka, SD. It was restored by Ron and painted at Art’s Body Shop also in Eureka.
1958International660D

1956 John Deere 520

May 21, 2012

Fastline tractor of the month Texas edition.

This 1956 John Deere 520 is owned by Tommy Journeay, Angleton, TX. It was restored by Bryan Brown, Bay City, Texas.
1956JohnDeere520Texas
The John Deere 520 was purchased new in 1956 by the late A.L. Frizzell of Rosharon, Texas and was used exclusively for row crop farming, mainly corn and cotton. His grandson, Tommy Journeay of Angleton, Texas, inherited the tractor and used it in his farm operation in Brazoria County, Texas. Bryan Brown, Frizzell’s great-grandson, restored the tractor in 2011. The tractor is now used for shows and parades and has become part of the family’s antique tractor collection.

Tractor Trendsetters: International 4300

May 09, 2012

Written by Larry Gay

 
During the 1950s, farms began to grow larger and the tractor companies responded by building larger tractors. This enabled the same amount of manpower to operate the larger acreages. However, the demand for more power increased faster than the size of tractors and some farmers began connecting two tractors together for additional power for tillage work. These early “4-wheel-drive” tractors resulted in Wagner, Steiger, and John Deere introducing large 4-wheel-drive tractors in the late 1950s. These tractors were built with an articulated chassis for steering.
 
International Harvester entered the 4-wheel-drive tractor market in 1961 with its 4300 model. It differed from the other 4-wheel-drive tractors, because it did not use an articulated frame for steering. It featured three power-steering modes. There was front-wheel steering for conventional field work and highway travel. Four-wheel steering provided a short turning radius under full power. Crab steering let the operator correct for slippage on side hills.
 
The International 4300 was a giant tractor for that time period with a rating of 180 drawbar horsepower and a weight of 30,000 pounds without fuel. This combination of power and weight enabled the 4300 to pull a 10-bottom moldboard plow or a 40-foot chisel plow. The power source was a 6-cylinder, 817-cubic-inch International turbocharged diesel engine with a rated speed of 2,100 rpm. The standard transmission provided eight forward speeds ranging from 3.5 to 22.7 mph. Optional equipment included a cab, air conditioning, heater, 3-point hitch, and a torque converter transmission.
 
The International 4300 was the second farm tractor with a turbocharged diesel engine to be tested at Nebraska. In May 1962, it developed 203 drawbar horsepower during its two-hour test in fourth gear. For the maximum power test, the 4300 recorded 214 drawbar horsepower in fifth gear, almost 19 percent more than its initial rating of 180 drawbar horsepower.
 

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.

Two Notable Cockshutt Tractors

May 01, 2012

This 1939 Cockshutt 90 and 1940 Cockshutt 99 were featured as tractors of the month of May in the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

Cockshutt, the Canadian firm with headquarters in Brantford, Ontario, earned an excellent reputation among farmers with its plows—dating all the way back to the 1880s. In modern times, Cockshutt had a first in the field, introducing a live PTO in early 1945 on its Model 30.
1939 Cockshutt 90 1940 Cockshutt99
At one time, Cockshutt bought tractors made in the U.S., later Cockshutt built and sold tractors in the U.S. Either way it could be the same tractor—different paint, new name.
The unstyled 99, with its big Waukesha 4-cyl. engine (443 cu. in.) made 62 PTO hp at 1,125 rpm. Cockshutt superseded the 90 and 99 with its own Model 50 in 1952.
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