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September 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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International 3388

Sep 30, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of December in the officially licensed 2013 Farmall calendar.

Just like the W400 in September, this 1981 International 3388 is in original condition. The factory paint job on this tractor is in great condition, and the working collectible is extremely clean and sharp for a 25-year old piece of equipment. The 3388 came up in a consignment sale and a friend of owner Jay Graber’s told him about it. He bought it to finish out his collection f 2+2s, and it had been in his hands all of four day when photographed. Graber turned the exhaust pipe straight, wiped some chalk off the windshield, and removed an ugly aftermarket side mirror. The rest of the machine is in as-found condition. The 3388 has been worked very lightly and has only 1265 hours on the clock. Just more than 2100 of the 3388s were built, and this one is going to be retired from service and preserved. 
12 December
 
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

1911 Titan Type D

Sep 28, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of November in the officially licensed 2013 Farmall Calendar.

The earliest International Harvest Company tractors in short supply today, and this Type D 25-hp is one of about two dozen such machines known to exist. The machine weighs about eight tons and is powered by a 25-hp single-cylinder engine that fires only once every 20 revolutions. The tractor has a gear forward and a gear reverse drive, and top speed is about three miles per hour. This machine came fromt a collector in Washington state, who restored it in the early 1980s and then left it outside. Wearing rust and bad paint, the tractor passed through the hands of two other collectors before landing in the stable of Louis Buice, who had it restored by Wendell Kelch. Kelch tore it down completely and rebuilt it from the top to bottom. The tractor is probably the cleanest Type D in existence and is a surprisingly quiet, easy to manage machine.
11 November
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

International W400

Sep 26, 2012

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one of the beautiful things in the tractor restoration world is an original condition machine. While the definition of original condition can be (and is) debated, the broad sense of the term refers to a machine which has not been repainted or restored. This W400 is wearing its field clothes and has been kept in as-found condition. The paint is, to the best of the owner’s knowledge, the original coat from the factory.

The owners are Henry an Marion Van Ruler, and the boys keep most of their machines original. Marion is fond of saying “I haven’t met a tractor I want to paint.” He also said he’s painted only one of the tractor in he and his brother’s very large collection of machines, and swears he’ll never do it again.
10 October 
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 

Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

Like These FFA Restoration Projects on Facebook

Sep 25, 2012

Chevron has announced the 12 teen finalist for its 2012 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition on its Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/DeloTRC).

The Delo Tractor Restoration Competition honors the hard work, dedication, and mechanical skills of high school aged tractor restoration experts from around the country. The announced 12 finalists will go on to compete for the national title during the 85th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis on October 24 – 25.
You can vote online by visiting the contest web page or facebook page
The separate video voting portion of the competition will continue until October 22. Even if one is not named a finalist, they can still win the Best Video competition so remember to keep supporting the local students by voting at www.ChevronDelo.com.
Last year more than 14,000 people voted for their favorite Tractor Restoration video as part last year's competition and the videos were viewed more than 32,000 times on YouTube.

International 1568

Sep 24, 2012

The V8-powered IHC tractors are not the most powerful nor the most efficient models for their times, but the double stacks and the throaty V8 rumble make the 1468s and 1568s extremely popular with collectors. This 1974 1568 came back to life after a phone call and a long hunt. The call came from a neighbor, who told the owner he found the tractor buried in a shed. The owner went to look at it and discovered the machine had no fenders, a tattered cab, and the world’s worst paint job. They bought the tractor on the spot. The tractor was completely restored, and took many years to complete as the family spent a lot of time hunting for the correct parts. The hunt was worthwhile—the end result is a show piece.

09 September
Photograph by Mark Jenson
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

Farmall F-20 Narrow-Tread High-Clear

Sep 22, 2012

The Farmall tractor combined the ability to plow with the ability to cultivate and the machine’s spindly look and high ground clearance were a radical departure when it was introduced. Refined with guidance from IHC engineer Bert Benjamin, the machine helped convince a generation of farmers that a horse could be replaced with machines.

This F-20 is a high-clearance machine designed to work tall crops. The tractor’s height was increased with a high-arch wide-tread front axle with different steering knuckles and drag links. The wheels are larger as well. This particular F-20 is also a narrow tread version, with the wheels pulled in closer together. The owner traded a prized 1206 row crop for the rare F-20.
8 August
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

1955 Farmall Cub with Model 54-A Blade

Sep 21, 2012

Iowan Don Rimathe is ready and waiting for winter with this little-but-mighty outfit in his driveway, as a big rig does its plowing on the nearby highway. The Farmall Cub first appeared in 1947, designed for small commercial farms, but it quickly became popular as a maintenance tractor for acreages, and a big-boy toy for hobby farmers. It featured a 4-cylinder L-head engine, the IH C-60 (C for carburetor, 60 for engine size—59.5 cid.), testing 6.75 drawbar hp at 1,600 RPM. Don’s is a later version, restested in 1956 at 1,800 RPM giving 7.86 drawbar hp. Blade’s perfect for plowing snow, smoothing driveways. Blade can alos be mid-mounted to make little road grader.

1 Jan 1955 Farmall Cub with Model 54 A blade

Owner: Don Rimathe
Huxley, Iowa
The Cub now belongs to grandkids Kelsey and Carter Top, who have fun in Don’s building full of Farmalls from the ‘50s, Models 200, 300 and 400 and bigger brothers to the loveable Cub.
This tractor is featured for the month of January in the 2012 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.

International 238 Used in a Graveyard

Sep 20, 2012

This International 238 was purchased new on July 11, 1979 from River City International in Mason City by the Elmwood-St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery. The tractor was equipped with a cab, a flail mower and a backhoe, and spent 30 years hauling dirt carts, mowing grass and digging graves. The most interesting twist is how the tractor came to be in Iowa. The 238 is the British version of the International 384, and this machine bears a serial number plate that indicates it was built by the International Harvester of Great Britain. The tractor is now retired from service, and has a place on the floor of the Farmall-Land Museum in Avoca, Iowa.

07 July

The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

2013 Collectors Edition Classic Farm Tractors Calendar

Sep 18, 2012

If you are looking for a gift for your favorite Classic Tractor Fan, check out the 2013 Calendar from the folks at Classic Tractor Fever.

On the cover are two John Deere vintage models. Better than new, these two John Deeres are owned by Tom Crawford, Cashiers, North Carolina.
Classic Farm Tractors 2013 Cover
Antique tractors from seven states are represented in the 2013 calendar. Besides well-known brands, there is at least one rare, seldom-seen classic—a red 1948 Empire 88 owned by Larry Harpster, Pennsylvania Furnace, Penn.
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.

Farmall M

Sep 17, 2012

 

The venerable M is one of the most important machines built in the 20th century, coupling cutting edge technology with a timeless design penned by the firm and famed industrial engineer Raymond Loewy. Hundreds of thousands of the machines were deployed, and they were instrumental to the mechanization of the American farm. This clean 1939 model has spent its entire life in Pottawattmie County in western Iowa. The machine was shipped from the factory to the IHC dealer in Avoca and was sold to a local farmer who worked it for decades. The machine was retired and restored in the county. The sparkling 70-plus-year-old is now taking a well-earned rest in the Farmall-Land Museum.
06 June
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

International 826 Gold Demonstrator

Sep 15, 2012

 

When Perry Kelley Jr. decided it was time to get something to take on tractor rides, he found this 1970 demonstrator in a salvage yard in Onage, Kan. The rare machine had less than 10,000 hours on the clock, but it needed a complete restoration. Kelley is a tractor mechanic, so he was up to the task. In fact, the tinkering art is in his blood. His father was a tractor mechanic and his grandfather a blacksmith.
This demonstrator was stripped to the frame, the engine overhauled, and all-new seals, bushings, bearings, wiring, and electrics installed. The original gold paint was left under the hood and the rest covered with a fresh paint job. The result has gear drive (no hydro), a German diesel engine, Fast Hitch and an optional differential lock.
05 May
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

 

McCormick-Deering 10-20

Sep 13, 2012

The McCormick-Deering 10-20 and 15-30 were supposed to be the Next Big Thing for the International Harvester Company in the early 1920s. Much to the McCormick family’s dismay, Henry Ford was cranking out a huge volume of his loud, dangerous and compact Fordson tractors, and farmers were buying the little machines in greater volume than the large clunky offerings by the rest of the industry. The IHC response was to throw every bit of might they had into creating the McCormick-Deering 10-20 and 15-30, and both offered the latest technology coupled with class-leading durability and engineering. They were vast improvements over the Fordson, but they couldn’t cultivate. The Farmall Regular could, and it turned out to be the tractor that changed the world. This example is owned by Mel and Shirley Melcher.

04 April

The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

International 4300

Sep 11, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of March in the officially licensed 2013 Farmall calendar.

In the mid-1960s, the horsepower race was raging. John Deere bought out the massive four-wheel-drive 8010, and IHC turned to Frank C Hough Company, an IHC subsidiary that built construction equipment for a quick response. The result was the 4300, which was advertised as the “World’s Most Powerful Four-Wheel-Drive High-Speed Agricultural Tractor.”

The 4300 featured a six-cylinder 817-cubic inch turbocharged engine, four-wheel steering, and air brakes. The machine was too big for most farms, and only a few implements worked with the machine. A handful of early experimental machines were tested on farms. Only 44 International 4300s were produced, and most of those worked on construction sites rather than farms. This 1960 4300 is serial number 1006—which is most probably the sixth model built and quite possibly one of the experimentals. Only a half-dozen or so of the 40,000 lb. 4300s are known to have survived. This one is in residence at the Farmall-Land Museum in Avoca, Iowa.
03 March
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

Tractor Trendsetters: Moline Universal D

Sep 10, 2012

Written by Larry Gay

The Moline Plow Company traced its history back to 1852 when Henry Candee and Robert Swan began building fanning mills in Moline, Illinois. Candee, Swan and Company added plows in 1865 when a former Deere employee joined the company. The company’s 1866 catalog with “Moline, Ill” plows was almost a duplicate of Deere’s Moline Plow Works catalog. After a legal battle between the two companies over the Moline name, Deere incorporated as Deere and Company and Candee, Swan and Company became the Moline Plow Company. Over the years, the Moline Plow Company expanded its line of implements and became known for its Flying Dutchman sulky plows.
In 1915, the Moline Plow Company entered the tractor market by purchasing the Universal Tractor Company in Ohio. This tractor’s configuration was similar to a motor cultivator with two 52-inch diameter drive wheels in front with a horizontal, 2-cylinder, opposed engine located above the front axle. However, it was different than a motor cultivator in that it could be equipped with a variety of implements. Either a 2-wheel sulky or an implement, such as a 2-bottom plow, disc harrow, planter, grain drill, or mower, was required to complete the tractor. With an attached cultivator, the tractor was capable of cultivating row crops. The operator sat on the seat provided by the implement or the sulky.
A new tractor factory was built at the east end of Rock Island and by 1918 the tractor became the Moline Universal D with a 4-cylinder, vertical engine. The belt pulley was now located at the front of the tractor for easy accessibility. The Moline Universal D tractor was unique as it was equipped with a Remy electrical starting and lighting system as standard equipment. The generator for the system was driven by the camshaft gear and the 6-volt battery was mounted in a spring hanger to protect it from jarring. There were two lights, one mounted in front and one pointed down under the control box to illuminate the working area of the implement. Another feature was an electrical engine governor which enabled the operator to turn a dial on the control box to adjust the engine speed between 300 and 1,800 rpm.
The configuration of the Moline Universal D tractor was not adopted by the tractor industry, but the electrical starting and lighting system was. Production of the Universal D ended in about 1923 as the company suffered financial problems due to the agricultural depression of 1920-1924. The company reorganized several times with revised company names and new officers. The tractor factory in Rock Island was sold to International Harvester who used it to produce Farmall tractors.
Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Farm Tractors 1975-1995 and Farm Tractors 1995-2005. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or asabe.org, click publications and then click book catalog.

World Record Tractor Parade

Sep 08, 2012

The call went out and tractor enthusiasts from 31 states gathered at the Nebraska State Fair on August 25, 2012 to break a world record for most tractors in a parade. Previously set in Germany in 2008, the record was 745 tractors. The group in Nebraska assembled to total 1,140 tractors.

Despite rain, the parade made its way into the history books. A representative from Guiness World’s Record was on hand to certify all aspects of the world record. In order to qualify, each tractor must be at least 30 years old and have provided the VIN/Serial number.  
The full spectrum of tractor brands was represented from John Deere, Ford, International Harvester, Oliver, Massey-Harris, Minneapolis Moline and more. The models ranged from fully restored to fresh out of the field.
Organizers closed registration for the parade about a week before the event because they already had more than 1,000 tractors registered and they weren't sure they could accommodate any more. The Fonner Park track and per the rules for the world record, the distance traveled must total 2 miles, or four times around the track. The vintage machines were lined up three or four rows wide, and it took about three hours to complete the record.
RFD-TV and RURAL TV broadcast the parade “live”, which was hosted by farm broadcaster and tractor-enthusiast Max Armstrong.  
The furthest distance traveled was a tractor that came 1,700 miles from Harrisburg, Ore.
Photo credit: Matt Dixon, The Grand Island Independent.
NebraskaTractorParade
WorldRecordTractor

International 350 Utility

Sep 07, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of February in the officially licensed 2013 Farmall calendar.

A semi truck collided with this little machine and sent it to the shop of Lee Zylstra. The owner wasn’t hurt in the accident, but the tractor was a total loss. Zylstra couldn’t stand to see it junked, so he paid the owner the salvage bid and took it home to put it back together. The tractor ran, but needed wheels, a new Fast Hitch, and lot of sheet metal. The project needed a bit more help after it fell of Zylstra’s work stand and landed upside down on his shop floor. More parts were purchased, and the 350 was put back as straight and clean as new. The tractor is equipped with most of the options available, including power steering, spin outs, and the rear gas tank. The original owner replaced the 350 with a more modern IH utility tractor, but he doesn’t like it as much as this 350.
02 February
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

Oliver Tractors by T Herbert Morrell Back in Print

Sep 06, 2012

Octane Press re-published Oliver Tractors on September 1. This first-hand account by Oliver's chief engineer T. Herbert Morrell, provides readers with intimate insight on how some of the most collectible Oliver tractors were designed, produced and sold.

T H M

T. Herbert Morrell (center) seated in the Engineering Department, Oliver Charles City Plant, while selecting Timken tapered bearings in 1961 with Ernie Williamson (left) of the Oliver Purchasing Department and Bob Morgan of Timken Bearing Co.
Photo by C.J. Gibbs
 

This hardcover book costs $50.00 and can be ordered at this website: http://www.octanepress.com/book/oliver-tractors

The best-known Oliver farm tractors were built between 1944 and 1970, including the Fleetline series—the model 66, 77 and 88. Author T. Herbert Morrell was among the chief engineers for Oliver from 1944 through 1970. He was a key figure in the development of the Fleetline tractors, the upgraded Super series, and the all-new 1600, 1750, 1800, and 1900 tractors. This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at how these tractors were conceived and built from one of their foremost designers. The text has appeared in the book Oliver Farm Tractors (Motorbooks, Sep. 1997), and this updated rendition includes additional supporting technical data.
 

Industrial 50

This Oliver Industrial tractor equipped with dual rear wheels is preparing a roadbed. It is most likely based on the Model 50, a four-cylinder tractor built from 1937 to 1948 that was available only in the standard tread configurations.
Photo by J.C. Allen and Son

 

 

Farmall 1206 Diesel

Sep 04, 2012

This is the cover tractor and featured for the month of January in the official 2013 Farmall Calendar.

The Farmall 1206 is one of the most sought-after 1960s International Harvester tractors, and one of the most valuable models in the entire line. This 1967 model was restored from the frame up when purchased, as the previous owner had never kept the machine inside a shed or garage. The tractor is gorgeously finished, but it’s no trailer queen. The 1206 is used to set tobacco at Wileman Farms in Edgerton, Wis. Incidentally, Wisconsin was one of America’s largest producers of tobacco in 1885. Today, a few farmers in southern Wisconsin still produce tobacco. The backbreaking work of producing the crop is eased a bit with help from this 1206.
01 January 
Photograph by Mark Jenson
The officially licensed Farmall Calendar 2013
Price: $15.99      
By Lee Klancher and Mark Jenson
 
The beauty of the farm and its machinery take center stage in this sumptuous calendar featuring Farmall's finest collectible tractors in beautiful settings. With tractors from some of the premier collectors in America photographed under the stars, on the farm and in the shop, this calendar blends the latest in photography techniques including HDRs, light painting, and night shots with some of the most collectible farm tractors on the planet. This year's calendar features a large selection of machines from the muscle era as well as the classic favorites from the first part of the 20th century. 
Order copies at anywhere books and calendars are sold.Order direct from the publisher at octanepress.com/calendars or call 512-334-9441 

Show-Stopping 1953 Massey-Harris Mustang

Sep 01, 2012

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

Maryland’s eastern shore is a beautiful region, perfect for this stunning 59-year-old, purchased new from W.W. Montague, a Massey dealership in Sudlersville, Maryland, by Newell B. Everett (deceased) and now owned by two of his sons, Spencer and Newell Jr., who take it to various shows in the U.S. and Canada. The family had two Massey-Harris 44 tractors to do heavy work, so this Mustang pulled planters, drills, hay rakes and wagon. Rated hp: 23.91 at 1,800 rpm. Built in Racine, Wisc., it cost right at $1,800, with extras such as the Velvet Ride Seat, $29. Engine: 140 cid Continental flathead made by Chrysler. This Mustang never had lights, extra weights, a belt pulley or hour meter. It’s a show-stopper.
1953 Massey Harris Mustang
Owners: Spencer and Newell Jr. Everett
Berlin, Mayland and Gainsville, Maryland
They were strictly a Massey family and even when they quit farming, their father used the Mustang for an extra-large garden. A friend, John Hill, did the complete restoration, getting missing parts from the Midwest and West Coast.
The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication, with the 2012 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books and much, much more. Click here to visit their online shop.
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