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October 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1966 Case 730 Diesel, Comfort King

Oct 26, 2012

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Texas Edition. Owned and restored by Scott Ogden of Coleman, Texas.

1966Case730DieselComfortKing

Learn more in the digital Fastline edition.  

1936 John Deere Model A

Oct 25, 2012

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Oklahoma Edition. Owned by Tim Davidson.

1936JohnDeereModelA

Learn more in the digital Fastline issue.
 

1967 Farmall 1206

Oct 24, 2012

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Ohio Edition.

Owned by Ed Reisinger of Sullivan, Ohio. Restored by Born Implement and Ashland Implement.

1967Farmall1206

Learn more on pg. 106 in the digital Fastline issue.
 

1951 Case VAC

Oct 23, 2012

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Mid-South Edition.

Owned and restored by Ronnie Phillips of Mena, Ark.

1951CaseVac

Learn more on pg. 76 in the digital Fastline issue. 

1953 John Deere 50

Oct 22, 2012

1953 John Deere 50 Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Nebraska Edition.

Owned by Kerry Hoffschneider and the late Orville Hoffschneider of Waco, Neb. Restored by Matlock Repair in Thayer, Neb., and by Plains Equipment Group in York, Neb.

1953JohnDeere50


Learn more on pg. 88 in the digital Fastline issue. 

1969 Minneapolis Moline Jet Star 3 Super

Oct 21, 2012

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Kansas edition. 

Owned by Maurice Wesser of Maple Hill, Kan.

1969MinneapolisMolineJetStar3Super

Learn more in the digital Fastline issue.

 

1969 John Deere 2510

Oct 20, 2012

 Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Iowa edition.


Owned by Boyd Miller.

1969JohnDeere2510

Learn more in the digital Fastline issue.

Tractor Trendsetters: Farmall H and M

Oct 18, 2012

 

Written by Larry Gay
International Harvester started producing in 1924 the Farmall tractor with a new configuration which was capable of cultivating row crops. The rear wheels were spaced to straddle two rows and the dual front wheels ran between the two rows. The Farmall with its 4-cylinder, vertical engine and 3-speed transmission was rated as a 2-plow tractor. The 30 inches of clearance under the rear axle provided clearance for cultivating. However, the non-adjustable rear wheel tread of 74 inches needed for cultivating resulted in side draft when pulling a 2-bottom plow.
During 1931-1933, International Harvester expanded its line of row-crop tractors to three models. The F-30 model was a larger 3-plow tractor. The original Farmall became known as the Farmall Regular and was replaced by the F-20 with an increase in power and a 4-speeed transmission. The F-12 was a smaller 1-plow, row-crop tractor. However, it differed from the F-20 and F-30 with its large diameter rear wheels mounted on a straight bar axle which provided an adjustable rear wheel tread. In mid-1938, the F-12 was upgraded and became the F-14.
International Harvester introduced the H and M tractors in mid-1939 as the replacements for the F-20 and F-30 with the H rated as a 2-plow tractor and the M as a 3-plow tractor. Industrial designer Raymond Loewy had given these two models an attractive appearance by adding a grill over the radiator and blending the hood and fuel tank together. The H and M were similar in design with 4-cylinder, vertical engines for distillate or gasoline. Later a diesel engine was made available for the M and it was identified as the MD model. The 5-speed transmissions provided four working speeds plus a fifth speed of 16 miles per hour if the tractor was equipped with rubber tires.
The large diameter rear wheels were mounted on a straight bar axle which permitted adjusting the rear wheel tread to a narrow setting for plowing and a wide setting for cultivating. The operator’s station was mounted above the transmission for good visibility while cultivating. The flat platform and tilt-back seat provided space for standing while operating the tractor. For operator convenience, the clutch pedal was located on the left side and the left and right brake pedals were located beside each other on the right side. The Farmall H was the more popular of the two models until 1949 when the trend to larger farms caused sales to shift toward the M. Production of the H and M ended in 1953 and 1952, respectively. Due to a combination of features, performance, and reliability, the Farmall H and M tractors were classic tractors for the 1940s.
Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Guide to Oliver Tractors and Guide to Ford Tractors. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or asabe.org, click publications and then click book catalog.

1966 Ford 4000 with Ford Model 602 Corn Picker

Oct 17, 2012

 

This tractor is featured for the month of October in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.
That’s Missouri’s state capitol in Jefferson City framed by this beautiful blue Ford and two-row corn picker with Halloween pumpkins waiting to be picked and carved in “Fischer’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.” Ford’s Model 602 corn picker was a winner. Its design made it a kernel-saving miser at the husking rollers, proven by championship wins at local and national picking contests. The Ford 4000 featured Select-O-Speed power shift transmission, and a diesel engine (201 cid) that produced 45.62 PTO hp, and was thrifty on fuel. The tractor has only 2,850 actual hours and is in excellent condition. Picker restoration took time.
10 Oct 1966 Ford 4000 with Ford Model 602 Corn Picker
Owners: Jay and Kimberly Fischer
Jefferson City, MO
Not only does this attractive Ford tractor and corn picker draw the attention of Halloween customers, there’s also a 1931 Ford Model AA one-ton flatbed truck to add to the barnyard ambiance at their pumpkin patch and corn maze. Check out the farm’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/FISCHER-FARMS-PUMPKIN-PATCH-CORN-MAZE/113643828649451
This tractor is featured for the month of October in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.
 

One of 917 1958 John Deere 320 U

Oct 15, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of June in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

You’re looking at a rare John Deere. Only 917 were built in 1957 and 1958; of those only 199 were slant-steer type, and less than 70 were Utility slant-steer models like this one in industrial yellow. Thi sis a lower horsepower, lower cost version of the larger Model 420. It rated about 22 drawbar hp. Because of its limited numbers, it’s often the most valuable of the entire 2-cyl. 20 Series from 1957-58. The owner displays the 320 in the museum in Carlisle, Iowa. His John Deere gas pump is unique—he restored and recreated it, adding John Deere signage—though Deere and Co. had no brand of fuel.
6 Jun 1958 John Deere 320 U
Owner: Don Russell
Carlisle, Iowa
Done is retired and gets a band out of his collection of prized, small tractor, rotating makes and models of nearby collectors. This one is his favorite.
This tractor is featured for the month of June in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1973 Minneapolis-Moline G 1355 LP Wheatland

Oct 12, 2012

It’s rare in more ways than one, and it’s about as complete as they come. This model was built only in 1973-74 in Charles City, Iowa and was a twin to the Oliver, with a different color. It was also one of the last LP M-M models with its 504 cid engine producing right at 135 hp. Owner Dick Lowry added the sun visor to the factory-built cab; otherwise, it’s the same as it was when it worked Oklahoma wheat fields before he purchased it. The last Minneapolis-Moline tractors were built in 1974. Minneapolis-Moline was known for its rugged, powerful and innovative tractors, and wore the Energy Yellow color with pride.

5 May 1973 Minneapolis Moline G 1355 LP Wheatland
Owner: Richard Lowry
Francesville, Ind.
Dick began collecting Minneapolis-Moline tractors 40 years ago, has most of the models, and still farms with his favorite brand. He and wife Martha go to M-M conventions and tractor shows. It’s one of the finest collections in the country.
This tractor is featured for the month of May in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

Antique Tractors Featured on History Channel Show

Oct 11, 2012

Check out this video when American Pickers paid a visit to Paulson’s Agriculture Museum of Argyle. You can click here to go to the museum’s homepage.  

 

Rumely OilPull L 15-25 and Rumely OilPull E 30-60

Oct 10, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of April in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

That small dark-green Rumely OilPull is the first of the Lightweight OilPulls. A new stamped-steel frame replaced the traditional heavy I-beams. Open final drives were eliminated; all gears were enclosed in large cast iron housing. Steering was like an automobile. This smaller OilPull competed with the International 15-30 and John Deere D. It retained its distinctive cooling tower radiator—exhaust ejects through the top of the tower creating a draft that draws air into the tower (no fan needed) to cool oil coolant. It weighed only 5,900 lb. The large OilPull (owner is Iowan Dennis Powers) weighs 25,800 lb. with 10x12 bore and stroke – 30 hp drawbar, 60 hp belt. The E was built from 1911 – 1923 – looked like steamers.
4 Apr Rumely Oilpull L 15 25 and E 30 36 
Owner: Kee Groshong
Columbia, MO
A retired University of Missouri official, Kee restores and maintains a building full of rare and interesting tractors. The small Rumely is a favorite.
This tractor is featured for the month of April in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1966 Oliver 1850 with Model 575 Plow

Oct 06, 2012

Breaking the speed barrier, Oliver’s new “more speed—less draft,” plow bottoms demonstrated that furrows could be beautiful even when plowed at 6 to 7 mph. And it was done with a purple tractor and an operator in jockey silks! The point: it made no difference whether the tractor was red, green, orange, blue or even purple, it would take an Oliver plow. It was an exciting program headed by Sam White Jr., Oliver president. The Oliver 1850 diesel featured a Perkins 354 cid engine, a Hydra Power Shift in each of six speeds, producing 93 hp at 2,400 RPM in Nebraska tests. And yes, the purple or lavender tractors got added attention.

3 Mar 1966 Oliver 1850 with Model 575 plow

Owners: Gerald and Joan Morgan
Lone Tree, Iowa
They have a large Oliver collection, but this one’s the top attention-getter. He done a purple/white/jockey costume, hooks to the 6-bottom Oliver plot, and it’s the delightful, 1966 Oliver plow promotion all over again. He’s president of the Iowa Oliver Club.
This tractor is featured for the month of March in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all the tractor and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1948 Empire 88, One of 350

Oct 02, 2012

 

It emerged at the end of World War II, and reflected the war with its Willys Jeep drivetrain and other assorted Jeep and standard parts. Empire tractors were built in Philadelphia for the sole purpose of exporting them under various aid programs such as the Marshall Plan. But by 1948, deals fell through and the company declared bankruptcy, even though more than 5,000 had been exported. The 1,200 Empires left were sold in the U.S. and Canada at about $900, close to the price of a Ford 8N—a far superior tractor. This tractor has a 134 cid Willys engine advertised at 30 hp. Carl Herring, Cayuga, N.Y. publishes the Empire newsletter and has recorded 350 surviving Empire tractors in the U.S.—plus various foreign countries.
2 Feb 1948 Empire 88
Owner: Larry Harpster
Pennsylvania Furnace, Penn.
He’s a charter member of the Empire Owners Club, and the Nittany Antique Machinery Association. Empire Expos are held annually at various tractor shows throughout the country. Larry, a former teacher, has other “family heirloom” tractors that he hopes to restore.
This tractor is featured for the month of February in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all the tractor and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1951 Minneapolis-Moline V and 1948 Avery V

Oct 01, 2012

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

Here’s a pair of rare, rare tractors—sort of like kissing cousins. Lots of collectors, even those familiar with the Minneapolis-Moline line, have never seen a Model V. It was not tested at the Nebraska Lab, either as an Avery or as a Minneapolis-Moline V, somewhat ironic because both belong to a Nebraskan. B.F. Avery of Louisville, Ky (not the Avery Co. in Peoria, Ill.) was known in the southeast. In 1943, they tackled the tractor market with their Model A, built by Cleveland Tractor Co. (Cletrac). In ’46 Avery added the Model V—a one-row tobacco tractor. In ’51 M-M acquired Avery and their BF and V models; for two years both names appeared on the tractors. Then Avery was dropped, and so was the V.
1951 Minneapolis Moline Model V 1948 Avery Model V
Owners: Ron and Carlene Maeder
Papillion, Nebraska
Ron has a large collection of small tractor. His entire family—wife, children, and grandchildren—thoroughly enjoy and appreciate Ron’s extraordinary collection of small classic tractors.
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