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August 2011 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1972 International Harvester 766

Aug 28, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Northeast edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Karl Smith, Myerstown, Pa.
This tractor has been in the family for many years. It was owned by Karl’s father and was then passed down. The tractor is mostly all original with some restored features. It is now used for farming and tractor pulling.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1972InternationalHarvester766

1968 Row Crop Ford 5000

Aug 27, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Ohio edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Haines Farms, Stockport, Ohio.
This Ford 5000 was bought new in 1969 by John Haines, the father of those who restored and repainted this tractor. Now that the restoration process is complete, the Haines family is able to use it daily in their farming operation again.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1968RowCropFord5000

1949 Farmall Cub

Aug 26, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Mid-Atlantic edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Jimmy and Nancy Wiles Long, Pinnacle, N.C. Restored by J&J Machine Works, Pinnacle, N.C.
This tractor was purchased by the late Cecil S. Wiles, Nancy’s father, in the early 1960s and restored in the spring of 2010. He loved spending time on his Cub, plowing the garden and other gardens in the neighborhood.  
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1949FarmallCub

1958 Ford 801

Aug 25, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Michigan edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Tom Kimberley, Sandusky, Mich.
This Ford was sitting in a barn for 15 years and was in really rough shape. Tom restored and equipped it with over/under Sherman transmission, power steering and Rest-O-Ride seat.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1958Ford801

1936 John Deere Model A

Aug 24, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Kansas edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Tim Davidson, McCune, Kan. The tractor was restored by Mic Humble, McCune, Kan.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1936JohnDeereModelA

1942 Farmall B

Aug 23, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Illinois edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Caulyn Crow, Murrayville, Ill.
This tractor was restored by Caulyn’s great, great grandfather, Shortie Mutch of Nortonville, Ill.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1942FarmallB

1949 John Deere A

Aug 22, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Indiana edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Jeremy Hopf, Celestine, Ind. This tractor was 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.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1949JohnDeereA

1958 Farmall 350

Aug 21, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Iowa edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Keith Schroeder.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1958Farmall350

1979 White 2-60

Aug 20, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Dakota edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Cody Barber.
This tractor was bought new by Cody’s grandfather, Raymond Barber. In 2005, Cody bought the tractor from his grandfather and restored it to its present condition. The tractor is still used on the farm today and runs as if it were still brand-new.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1979White2 60

1950 and 1949 Farmall Cubs

Aug 19, 2011

Cover tractors for Fastline Texas edition.

Tractors of the month owned and stored by Madison and MeKall Beard, Winnsboro, Texas.
Madison and MeKall are 13-year-old twins who purchased their tractors from Carl Davis and Ronnie and Barbara Deaton, from Winnsboro. With lots of help from their dad, Billy Beard, and their Pee Paw, CP Beard, they restored the Farmall Cubs over six months. All of the restoration took place at home in their dad’s shop. After the girls sanded and got everything ready, Billy painted them, and then Pee Paw helped assemble everything. The family has since lots Pee Paw, but think often of him, especially when they are on their tractors. His and Billy’s passion for tractors has been passed to Madison and MeKall.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1950and1949FarmallCubs

1940 The General

Aug 18, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Nebraska Edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Wayne Vermeline, Malmo, Neb., pictured with his son Leon and grandson Austin.
The General is the only model made by the General Mfg. Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. When World War II started, manufacturing of this tractor was discontinued. Following WWII, the company was sold to Avery Mfg. Wayne’s son, Leon, found this tractor in Wyoming on a hunting trip 18 to 20 years ago. Leon purchased it and brought it back to Nebraska for Wayne. Wayne Vermeline then restored it to its like-new condition.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1940TheGeneral

Third-owner 1955 McCormick Farmall 400

Aug 17, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Minnesota edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Courtney Hall, Fulton, SD.
This tractor was bought by Courtney in 2005 at an auction, making him the third owner. He knows both previous owners and the tractor’s history. Courtney restored the tractor to its original state by removing various add-ons that were not original, including a cab and a wide front. New rear rims and all new tried were also part of the restoration. The tractor was repainted by Dennis Martin of Mitchell, SD, which was the finishing touch in completing the project.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1955McCormickFarmall400

1954 John Deere Model 50

Aug 16, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Oklahoma edition.  

Tractor of the month owned by Mike and Libby Long, Sedan, Kan. Restored by Basil Long, Ochelata, Okla.
This tractor was restored as an FFA project for the Caney Valley FFA Chapter. The tractor was exhibited at the Tulsa State Fair agricultural mechanics contest, placing third, and at the State Fair of Oklahoma agricultural mechanics contest it placed second. Basil also used the tractor to apply for a state FFA proficiency award in the area of agricultural mechanics repair and maintenance, for which he placed second. The tractor is still used every summer in the Longs’ haying operation, pulling rakes.
1954JohnDeere50

1945 Farmall H

Aug 15, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Southeast edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Ronald Hitchcock, Tennille, Ga.
Ronald has owned his tractor for a year. It was already restored when he bought it, he just needed to do a few minor things. Today, Ronald takes the tractor to local parades.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1945FarmallH

1957 Ford 901 PowerMaster Row Crop

Aug 14, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Mid-South Edition.

Tractor of the month owned by Bernard Simon, Winnsboro, La.
Bernard has owned this Ford 901 for three years. It has a completely rebuilt engine, inside and out. This tractor also has a new crank shaft. The restoration work was completed by close friends. And it now works so well it is able to be used to mow around the farm.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1957Ford901PowerMasterRowCrop

1952 Farmall Super C

Aug 13, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Tennessee edition.

Tractor of the month owned and restored by Mike Brown of Manchester, Tenn.
This tractor once belonged to his wife’s grandfather. Mike used the tractor on his farm for 20 years until two years ago. He and his brother Keith then decided to restore it. When his wife saw the restoration, she said they painted it the wrong color. Mike told her it was the right color, she had just seen it rusty for so many years she didn’t know what color it was supposed to be!
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1952FarmallSuperC

1982 White 2-70

Aug 12, 2011

Cover tractor for Fastline Kentucky Edition.  

Tractor owned and restored by Pat Browning, Lebanon, Ky.
This is the main type of tractor that the owner and his father used on their dairy farm. After becoming an adult, Pat wanted another like it. So he bought the pictured tractor and restored it.
Learn more in the Fastline digital edition.
1982White2 70

Tractor Trendsetters: Big Bud 16V-747

Aug 11, 2011

Written by Larry Gay 

As 4-wheel-drive tractors became more popular during the 1970s, their power also increased.
In the early 1970s, engine horsepower was typically in the 175-225 range. By 1977, the Steiger Panther Series III was rated at 325 engine horsepower, the Versatile 950 Series 2 at 348 engine horsepower, and the Big Bud KT-525 at 525 engine horsepower.
 
In 1977 the Northern Manufacturing Company of Havre, Montana, started building a Big Bud articulated, 4-wheel-drive tractor with 760 engine horsepower for the Rossi Brothers of California. Named after the giant Boeing 747 jet passenger plane, the 16V-747 was completed in January 1978 and is considered to be the largest farm tractor built in North America. After it was exhibited in February at the California Farm Equipment Show in Tulare, California, the 747 went to work deep ripping cotton fields near Bakersfield, California.
 
The 16V-747 was over 28 feet long and 14 feet high to the top of its cab. The overall width with dual tires was almost 21 feet and the operating weight of the tractor was about 135,000 pounds. Each of the eight custom-built 35x38 tires was 8-feet tall and 40-inches wide. The 747 was powered with a 1,472-cubic-inch Detroit Diesel V-16, 2-cycle diesel engine which was equipped with dual turbochargers and intercoolers. The power train used a torque converter and a full powershift transmission with six forward speeds. The fuel tank capacity was 850 gallons. This giant tractor was painted white with a black hood top and black stacks.
 
After being in California for about nine years, the Big Bud 747 was sold to a vegetable farmer in Florida. Then eleven years later, it was purchased by the Williams Brothers of Big Sandy, Montana. Twenty years after it was built, the 747 was almost back to where it started. The Williams Brothers rebuilt the 747 during the winter of 1997-1998, increasing the power output to 900 horsepower, painting all of the hood white, and adding chrome mufflers and new graphics. Pulling an 80-foot field cultivator, the Big Bud 747 was able to till an acre a minute and 60-70 acres per hour.
 
Recently, the Williams Brothers changed to no-till operations and the Big Bud 16V-747 has been retired. It has been exhibited at Midwest shows and museums.
 
Larry Gay is the author of four farm 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 www.heritageiron.com or call 1-800-552-6085.
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