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February 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1977 John Deere 4430

Feb 22, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Indiana edition.

Owned by Shaffer Farms, Flora, Ind.
Restored by Greg W. Michael, Rossville, Ind.
1977 John Deere 4430

1949 John Deere A Dakota

Feb 17, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Dakotas edition.

Owned by Jeremy Hopf.
Restored by Jeremy Hopf, Jeff “Woody” Bieker, Jeff Sander, and Clinton Schmidt.
Jeremy’s grandfather, Ambrose Hopf, bought this tractor in the early 1950s to pick corn, cultivate crops and plow the fields on his farm. The John Deere was restored in memory of Ambrose and Dan Hopf. The restoration project took more than 10 years to complete.
1949 John Deere A Dakota

Tractor Trendsetters: John Deere 5010

Feb 15, 2012

Tractor Trendsetters: John Deere 5010

Written By Larry Gay

By the early 1930s, almost all the major tractor manufacturers had a model of tractor that was capable of cultivating row crops. These “row-crop” tractors featured one front wheel or two closely-spaced front wheels which traveled between two rows. The rear wheels were spaced wide enough to straddle two rows, with enough clearance under the rear axle to pass over the growing crop. Many of these early row-crop tractors had an adjustable rear wheel tread which enabled the tractor to have a narrow wheel tread to reduce side draft while plowing and a wide setting for cultivating.

The popular tractors during the early 1920s had the two front wheels spaced in line with the rear wheels and the wheel tread was usually non-adjustable. With straight axles and smaller rear wheels, these tractors provided adequate clearance for general work, but not for row crops. Most of the tractor companies continued to manufacture this type of tractor after the row-crop models became popular, often in the same horsepower size as the row-crop tractors. To differentiate the two types, this version came to be known as a “standard-tread” or “standard” tractor.

Most of the tractor manufacturers also built one model of tractor which was available only as a standard-tread tractor and was larger than their other models. These tractors, sometimes referred to as wheatland tractors, were designed primarily for the small grain growing areas of the U.S. and Canada. They featured wide rear fenders and panels around the front of the operator’s platform to reduce the amount of dust near the operator. As the horsepower increased for the other models, so did the power of the largest standard-tread tractors.

In 1962, John Deere introduced its 5010 model as the first 2-wheel-drive tractor to produce over 100 drawbar horsepower. This giant tractor weighed 16,600 pounds and was powered by a 6-cylinder, 531-cubic-inch John Deere diesel engine. To apply this power, it was equipped with a new size of rear tire, a 24.5-32. This enabled the 5010 to pull 32 feet of disk tiller, 40 feet of grain drills, or a 7-bottom, 16-inch plow. PTO power was measured at 121 horsepower during its Nebraska test. Operator convenience features included power steering, power brakes, and the John Deere posture seat. An independent 1,000-rpm PTO, a Quick-Coupler 3-point hitch for Category 2 or 3 implements, and dual rear wheels were optional.

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 1-866-552-6085. 

1969 Farmall 544 Diesel

Feb 14, 2012

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Kentucky edition.

Owned by Donoho Farms and restored by Robert Donoho, Bowling Green, Ky.
1969 Farmall 544 Diesel

1969 Ford 3000

Feb 13, 2012

Owned by J.W. Johnson, Harrisonburg, Va. Restored by Wayne Johnson, Cameron, NC.

The tractor has been in the Johnson family since 1969. It was severely damaged by an electrical fire in 2007 and was recently restored.
1969 Ford 3000

1975 International 1466

Feb 11, 2012

Owned by Mike and Tom Stamp, Decatur, MI.

Restored by Rob Trowbridge of South Haven, MI.
This International was bound for the scrap yard when it was discovered by Mike and Tom.
1975 International 1466

1973 White 2255

Feb 10, 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.
1973 White 2255

1946 Farmall M

Feb 09, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Mid-South edition.

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

1957 Farmall 130

Feb 08, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Minnesota edition.

Owned and restored by Dave Moeller, Clear Lake, Minn.
1957 Farmall 130

1969 John Deere 2510

Feb 07, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Tennessee edition.

Owned by Ronnie Rickie, Chuckey, Tenn. This tractor was a two-year restoration project from the paint to the engine.
1969 John Deere 2510

1957 Farmall 450

Feb 06, 2012
Owned and restored by Delbert Maus, Springfield, Mo.
1957 Farmall 450
Maus purchased this tractor about six years ago. He repaired it and painted it in 2009.

1957 John Deere 320

Feb 04, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Northeast edition.

Owned and restored by Wayne Foote, Hartford, NY.
1957 John Deere 320
Pictured with the tractor is Wayne’s daughter, Suzanne, President of the Greenwich FFA Chapter in New York. The tractor was purchased new by Suzanne’s great-grandfather in 1957. It was restored by Wayne and his friend, Brian, in 2010.

1975 International 1066

Feb 03, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Wisconsin edition.

Owned and restored by Aaron Ballweg, Lodi, Wisc.
1975 International 1066

Click here to learn more in the digital Fastline edition.

1971 John Deere 3020

Feb 02, 2012

Tractor of the month Fastline Southeast edition.

Tractor owned by Jeff Peek. It was restored by Jeff Peek and Marty Posey of Peek Equipment, Athens, Al.
This tractor was restored during the summer of 2011.
1971 John Deere 3020


1929 John Deere GP

Feb 01, 2012

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

The Model C was Deere’s first shot as a general purpose row-crop tractor.
However, in that day and age, telephone clarity was a joke; dealers fretted that an order for a Model C might be misconstrued as an order for a Model D. Deere’s decision, name its new tractor the GP (general purpose) and avoid the confusion created by a bad phone connection. The GP had the same basic design as the Model D, but was intended for row-crop use, thus the high-arched front axle. Introduced in 1928, its 3-row design was unpopular, so a year later it was supplemented with a tricycle 2 and 4 row tractor. Price: $800. Weight on steel wheels: 3,600 lb. Many farmers converted to rubber tires, ditching steel wheels, welding on new rims.
1929 John Deere GP 
Owner: Tom Crawfod
Cashiers, North Carolina
He bought it from Bernard Scott, who acquired it from a Michigan man. “Engine was overhauled; otherwise it was a basket case,” Tom says. Ray Mersgergen, Rusty Plow Restorations, Ft. White, Florida, reassembled it, and it was first shown at the February 2009 Florida Flywheelers.  
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