Little Cat
Brad Bowling

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Ryan Mueller told us he decided to build the Little Cat because, “I knew I wanted to do something special my kids would always remember.” This feature in the May/June 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is one of the coolest stories we have ever run in our “Kids, Dads & Tractors” department. Starting with nothing but raw materials and some spare parts, Mueller created a mini-dozer for sons Tyler and Owen. It runs on an 18hp Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder … Read the rest of the story…

John Deere 4000 – May/June 2015 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

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The John Deere 4000, a beautifully restored example of which is on the May/June 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine, perfectly illustrates the “less is more” rule. JD’s 4020, which came out in 1964, had everything the modern farmer needed, but it grew more expensive with every new sales season. In 1969, JD offered a new, stripper version it called the 4000. I enjoyed researching and writing about Lenny Mecca’s 1972 4000 and watching Bill Struth photograph it in Florida … Read the rest of the story…

Rusty Restoration
Brad Bowling

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The “Rusty Restoration” featured in the May/June 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is one of Ed Bezanson’s favorite crawler projects to date. Bezanson, who is known to our readers for his “Yankee’s Attic” column, bought the Caterpillar 25 tracker in 1999, then spent the next 13 years searching for replacement parts. He saw real beauty in the Cat’s aged patina and decided to restore it to its “working clothes.” As he describes in the article, restoring rusty is a lot … Read the rest of the story…

Big Machines, Big Fun?
Brent Frankenhoff

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My, what big machines you have! As spring planting is in full swing (and maybe even finished in your part of the country), I can’t help but notice how big all the equipment has become. Of course, it is a function of the amount of ground that the operators of today’s larger farms have to cover in a day, and I’d sure like to have the chance to drive one of those behemoths. On the other hand, I often wonder if … Read the rest of the story…

King Agriculture Museum Opens
Candace Brown

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The King Agriculture Museum is scheduled to open today in Centralia, Washington. Antique Power magazine is one of the best places for newbies to learn about antique tractors; another way is to visit a museum focused on tractors or farming history in general. If you travel to the Pacific Northwest this summer, be sure to see the brand new King Agriculture Museum, in the historic Lewis County Lumber building, right off Interstate 5. It contains more than 50 exceptional tractors, … Read the rest of the story…

June Antique Tractor Auctions
Chad Elmore

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There is a lot to look forward to in our list of June antique tractor auctions. Aumann Auctions – Howe, Indiana The late Dale Schrock grew up around Goshen, Indiana, and as a young farmer his greatest joy was being on a tractor, according to Aumann Auctions. “From the brand-new D17 or the Super M he drove on his Grandpa’s farm to the 3020 on his own farm, his love of farming and tractors never left him,” reported the auction … Read the rest of the story…

New Hat and Shirt
Brad Bowling

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Ertel Publishing, the folks who bring you Antique Power magazine, have announced a new hat and shirt combo that makes it easy to hit the show grounds or tractor pull field in high fashion. The all-cotton Antique Power T-shirt and vented cap each sell for $15.95 (no charge for shipping in the U.S.), but you can get both items for $28.95 (no U.S. shipping charge). Click on the ad below to find out more. … Read the rest of the story…