Auctions of August
Chad Elmore


Are you ready for the auctions of August? If you believe summer happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day, August means you have one more month to paint the barn or do any of the other warm-weather maintenance projects you put on your list back in January. It can be a very busy month as you try to get everything done before harvest starts and temperatures drop. Well, August is shaping up to be a busy month for antique tractor … Read the rest of the story…

Massey-Harris-Ferguson Pony – Video
Brad Bowling


Mike Mercer, of Clayton, Ohio, does not agree at all with the dealers who disparaged the Massey-Harris-Ferguson Pony in 1954 and 1955. Antique Power editor Patrick Ertel and I visited with Mercer to photograph and research the Pony he first rode at the age of seven and recently restored. Mercer talked to us on video about the machine we feature in the July/August 2014 issue of the magazine. Click the YouTube video below to hear his story.

Marmon-Herrington Rubber Tracks
Brad Bowling


Marmon-Herrington rubber tracks led to great advances in military and agricultural applications. The technology also led to a fascinating (but short-lived) off-road machine powered by a variety of gas and diesel engines. In the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power, Don Chew gives readers a brief history of the Track-Laying Tractor. … Read the rest of the story…

A Star Doodlebug is Reborn
Patrick Ertel

Star Doodleug

This Star doodlebug is certainly a rarity in the vintage tractor world. In fact, it’s the first one I’ve ever seen. Not too many people looked at a Star automobile (produced between 1922 and 1928) and thought, “I need to turn that into a little tractor.” In the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power, I tell the story of how Wes Pyburn found this unusual machine in a junkyard near Bartow, Florida, and searched for enough parts to restore it. … Read the rest of the story…

NE Wisconsin Antique Power Show
Brad Bowling

2014 Truck & Tractor Show Guide

SHOW: Northeast Wisconsin Antique Power Association’s 32nd Annual Valmy Thresheree and Tractor Pull on August 15-17, 2014. Featuring Case Tractors and Equipment. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Friday night for barn dance. Come see farm equipment in action from years ago. Located six miles north of Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 at 5005 N. Country View Rd. Take Highway 42 North, turn east on Whitefish Bay Road, then a half-mile north on Country View Road. Contact Ralph Bochek at 920-559-0466, or visit … Read the rest of the story…

What Do You Call Your Back 40?
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

The Back 40. Many refer to it, and it may signify a specific spot on your farm or your neighbor’s farm, but where does the term come from? According to the online Urban Dictionary (, “The ‘back 40’ is a beloved American idiom. In the U.S., one township is 36 square miles (six miles by six miles). Each square mile (a section of land) is divided into 16 subdivisions of 40 acres (1/4-mile by 1/4-mile) — so a quarter section … Read the rest of the story…

Tractor Matchbook Covers – Yankee’s Attic
Brad Bowling

"Yankee's Attic" is a regular feature in Antique Power magazine. Tractor history archivist Ed Bezanson shares his personal collection of thousands of  unusual vintage photos and rare literature.

Vintage tractor matchbook covers are extremely collectible today, according to Antique Power magazine’s “Yankee’s Attic” columnist, Ed Bezanson. His column for the July/August 2014 issue shows off full-color examples from his personal collection of vintage photos and rare literature, including covers touting the new Ferguson 35 (with “Exclusive 4-Way Work Control”); Cockshutt’s line of 20, 30, 40, and 50 models; and 16 Farmall models with the company’s Fast-Hitch design. All three were printed by the Universal Match Corp. and handed … Read the rest of the story…

Arps Track Conversion for Tractors
Chad Elmore


Bruno Arps and his track conversion for tractors gave birth to a mechanical farming trend in 1949 that continues today. In the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power, I tell the story of how the Arps Corp. developed a half-track system for a variety of tractor models. Tracks reduced compaction, and the rubber tracks meant they could be driven on public roads between fields. At one time in the 1950s, Arps had conversions for more than 100 tractor models for … Read the rest of the story…