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December 2013 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Lighted Tractors on Parade

Dec 24, 2013

The fourth annual Centralia, Mo., Christmas lighted tractor parade brought holiday cheer—farm-style—to thousands of area residents this December.

Started by the local young farmers, there were more than 35 entries in the parade this year, featuring a wide variety of farm equipment, including tractors, sprayers, hay equipment, utility vehicles and semi-trucks.

Farmers, churches, FFA members and area residents all brought their favorite Christmas-themed float to town Dec. 17, 2010, to share the Christmas spirit with city and rural residents.
 

Video by Farm Journal’s Sara Brown
 

 

1954 Farmall Super MTA

Dec 19, 2013

This 1954 Farmall Super MTA tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 16 of Fastline’s Illinois Farmers’ Edition:

121913 IllinoisFarmer 1954FarmallSuperMTA

Robert Winter of Taylor Ridge, Ill., owns the tractor. Jim, Joe and Rene Dekeyrel of Illinois City, Ill., restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Illinois Farmers’ Edition. 
 

1947 Farmall H

Dec 16, 2013

This 1947 Farmall H tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 14 of Fastline’s Minnesota Farmers’ Edition:

121613 MinnesotaFarmer 1947FarmallH

Albert Zimmer of Holdingford, Minn., owned the tractor. He donated it to the Holdingford FFA Chapter. Read more on page 16 in the digital version of Fastline’s Minnesota Farmers’ Edition.
 

McCormick-Deering WD-40

Dec 16, 2013

 Written By Larry Gay

 

The earliest farm tractors ran on gasoline, but kerosene soon replaced gasoline as the more popular fuel. Distillate, also known as tractor fuel, became popular during the late 1920s and the 1930s. Also diesel engines began to be used as a power source for crawler tractors in the early 1930s. In 1935, International Harvester introduced the McCormick-Deering WD-40 and advertised it as "America’s first diesel-powered wheel tractor." This made the McCormick-Deering WD-40 a tractor trendsetter.

 

The WD-40 was a combination of the standard-tread W-40 tractor and the diesel engine from the McCormick-Deering TD-40 TracTracTor crawler. The WD-40 was rated as a 4-plow tractor with 44 belt horsepower and 28 drawbar horsepower. There was a choice of steel wheels with a variety of lugs or rubber tires. A PTO and lights were optional. Harvester advertised the WD-40 operated on diesel fuel which cost less than gasoline or kerosene and used one-third less fuel than a gasoline engine with the same horsepower.

 

This International diesel engine had four cylinders with a 4.75-inch bore and a 6.50-inch stroke which resulted in a 460-cubic-inch displacement. It started on gasoline and then switched to diesel after the engine was warm. The way IH accomplished this resulted in a unique appearance for the engine. The left side looked like a diesel engine with an injection pump and four fuel lines. However, the right side looked like a gasoline engine with a carburetor, magneto, and spark plugs. Each cylinder was equipped with an auxiliary combustion chamber which was used for the gasoline operation. After the engine was warm, the auxiliary chambers were automatically closed and then the engine operated with diesel fuel in the regular combustion chambers.

 

During 1940 and 1941, the number diesel-powered wheel tractors on the market expanded with the introduction of the Oliver 80, the Farmall MD, and the McCormick-Deering WD-6 and WD-9 tractors. Diesel engines for farm tractors began to become more popular for the large standard-tread tractors by the 1950s, with some powered only by diesel engines. By the mid-1950s, most tractor manufacturers offered a choice of diesel, gasoline, or LP-gas for their row-crop tractors, especially the larger models. Diesel engines started becoming available for utility tractors by the end of the 1950s. Today all farm tractors are powered by diesel engines as the last gasoline-powered tractor tested at Nebraska was the International 284 utility tractor in 1978.

 

Larry Gay is the author of four farm tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Farm Tractors 1975-1995 and Farm Tractors 1975-2005. The four books may be obtained from ASABE by calling 800-695-2723.

1949 Ford 8N

Dec 09, 2013

1951 Farmall Super C

Dec 08, 2013

This 1951 Farmall Super C tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 14 of Fastline’s Kansas Farmers’ Edition:

120813 KansasFarmer 1951FarmallSuperC

Harold Denholm owns the tractor and restored it with the help of his son, Gregg Denholm, of Tonganoxie, Kan. Read more on pages 126-127 in the digital version of Fastline’s Kansas Farmers’ Edition. 
 

1951 Ferguson Model 20

Dec 06, 2013

This 1951 Ferguson Model 20 tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 13 of Fastline’s Northeast Farmers’ Edition:

120613 NortheastFarm 1951FergusonModel20

Jack Wingle of Crystal, Mich., owns the tractor. He restored it with Richard Wingle and Keith Peters. Read more on page 38 in the digital version of Fastline’s Northeast Farmers’ Edition. 
 

Inside ‘Red Tractors’

Dec 05, 2013

This tractor is featured in the new book "Red Tractors 1958-2013: The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case-IH Farm Tractors in the Modern Era" from Octane Press. The book documents in depth the history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors, from the creation of the 40 and 60 series to concept drawings, photos of prototype machines and much more:

120413 RedTractors Page 10

The book includes first-hand accounts from engineers and additional product-development specialists, as well as more than 725 images. Click here to order a copy of "Red Tractors 1958-2013" or learn more about the book. 
 

966 Hydro

Dec 04, 2013

This 966 Hydro tractor is featured in the new book "Red Tractors 1958-2013: The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case-IH Farm Tractors in the Modern Era" from Octane Press. "The 966 Hydro was perfect for high-horsepower tasks like chopping haylage and other forages," the book notes.

120313 RedTractors Extra page 1970s

"Red Tractors" documents in depth the history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors, from the creation of the 40 and 60 series to concept drawings, photos of prototype machines and much more.

It includes first-hand accounts from engineers and additional product-development specialists, as well as more than 725 images. Click here to order a copy of "Red Tractors 1958-2013" or learn more about the book.
 

Steiger 535 4WD Gold Signature Edition

Dec 03, 2013

This Steiger 535 Gold Signature Edition tractor is featured in the new book "Red Tractors 1958-2013: The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case-IH Farm Tractors in the Modern Era" from Octane Press. "Only 50 were built, all in Fargo, North Dakota, in 2007," the book notes.

120213 RedTractors Extra 2000s

"Red Tractors" documents in depth the history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors, from the creation of the 40 and 60 series to concept drawings, photos of prototype machines and much more.

It includes first-hand accounts from engineers and additional product-development specialists, as well as more than 725 images. Click here to order a copy of "Red Tractors 1958-2013" or learn more about the book. 
 

1981 International 3388

Dec 02, 2013

This 1981 International 3388 tractor is featured in the new book "Red Tractors 1958-2013: The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case-IH Farm Tractors in the Modern Era" from Octane Press. "It came up in a consignment sale, and a friend of owner Jay Graber told him about it," the book notes.

120113 RedTractors Extra page 1970s 2

"Red Tractors" documents in depth the history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors, from the creation of the 40 and 60 series to concept drawings, photos of prototype machines and much more.

It includes first-hand accounts from engineers and additional product-development specialists, as well as more than 725 images. Click here to order a copy of "Red Tractors 1958-2013" or learn more about the book. 
 

Ford 9000

Dec 01, 2013

This Ford 9000 owned by John and Jamey Haas of Fairbury, Ill., was a turbocharged variation of the Ford 8000 and was rated at 110 drawbar hp, the Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar reports:

12 Dec Ford 9000

It was built from 1969-72. This is the featured Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar tractor for December. To order the calendar, go to HeritageIron.com.
 

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