The Start of Something Big
Chad Elmore

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September marks the start of something big for several vintage tractor auction companies. Mecum Auctions—Davenport, Iowa The Melroe M60 self-propelled loader could never be built today; it has no Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS), Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS), or any of the other safety technology that is required these days. But the little machine, powered by a 9hp Wisconsin gasoline engine, helped kick off a brand of equipment that would eventually become a household word. The 1959 M60 was … Read the rest of the story…

1934 McCormick-Deering – September/October 2015 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

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The 1934 McCormick-Deering WD-40 on the September/October 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is one of three machines McCormick-Deering produced in advance of regular WD-40 manufacture. The owner has thoroughly researched and documented its history, and he believes its “503” serial number makes it the third of those three pre-production units. I enjoyed photographing it for this cover story, as well as visiting with its restorers. The tractor’s owner, Eric Best, wrote the story that accompanies my photos. What else … Read the rest of the story…

A Case of Family History
Mark C. Dalton

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This well-documented 1967 Case 430 general-purpose tractor was my first feature for Antique Power magazine, and it has a very special story behind it. Two brothers in Kentucky located their grandfather’s 430, bought it, and restored it. One of the brothers was diagnosed with cancer during the project and tragically passed away just a few months after its completion. As you can see from the article in the September/October 2015 issue of Antique Power, this Case has a very special … Read the rest of the story…

Allis-Chalmers D-272
Brad Bowling

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Rick Mannen tells the history behind the Allis-Chalmers D-272 and other A-C products in his native Canada in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine. With demand strong for good tractors after World War II, A-C saw a need for a factory to produce for the United Kingdom market. In the late 1950s, the D-272 met the need for a light, modern diesel tractor.   … Read the rest of the story…

Ghosts
Brad Bowling

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Ted Kalvitis talks a lot about ghosts in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine. His annual “Traveling Mechanic” installment shares some of the classic tractors that are still going or that have given up the ghost in his neck of the Virginias. Because he spends all of his waking hours fixing tractors for customers – usually on their property – he gets to see and fix a lot of machines with some unique problems. … Read the rest of the story…

1937 Massey-Harris Pacemaker Orchard
Ray Hoffman

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The 1937 Massey-Harris Pacemaker Orchard Model PA featured in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is owned by Dennis Brown, of Sumner, Iowa. It was rough but complete when Brown bought it, having spent its life in Lynden, Washington. Fortunately, Brown has restored 80 tractors and had quite an inventory of Wallis and Massey-Harris parts on hand to ease the restoration. … Read the rest of the story…

1965 Simplicity Landlord
Ray Hoffman

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The 1965 Simplicity 2110 Landlord featured in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is owned by Ron Peters, of New Haven, Indiana. After graduating from high school, Peters spent two years in the Army, then went to work for a Simplicity dealer for 10 years. He eventually had one of the largest Simplicity dealers in northern Indiana. Today, his son runs the business, and Peters has a shop for his own projects. Our featured Landlord was purchased new … Read the rest of the story…

From Steel Wheels to Rubber Tires
Candace Brown

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As we discuss in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power, the transition from steel tractor wheels to rubber tractor tires did not take place overnight. I sat down with Ray Welander, who had hands-on experience with the nationwide trend toward rubber tires in the immediate post-World War II years in North Dakota. The conversion business was going gangbusters for about five years, he told me, until farmers began scrapping the old, pre-war tractors. Welander was just one of thousands … Read the rest of the story…