When Spring Comes Around
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

It feels like a whole new world on the farm when spring comes around. When we visited the Back 40 in March, I promised that—after ordering the seed and fertilizer—we would get to the field this time. We had to be patient because, as Dad said in last month’s installment, he’d started in the fields as early as March only twice in his farming career. When I was preparing to begin this blog entry, Mom asked if I was going … Read the rest of the story…

The Lone Little Oak – March/April 2015 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

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The Little Oak tractor that graces the cover of the March/April 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is the only known survivor of a Minnesota-based manufacturer that disappeared many decades ago. It was advertised as a “one-man” tractor at a time when most plow rigs required a crew of men. I enjoyed getting to view the “pride of Willmar” in person during the magazine’s photo shoot. It is quite a piece of history. What else is in this issue? Features German … Read the rest of the story…

The Red Flyer
Brad Bowling

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The 1930 Ford Model A “Red Flyer” doodlebug featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine was built by Glen Campbell’s father in 1941. The little homemade tractor was run hard and put away wet, but Glen brought it back to life in 2014 with a full nut-and-bolt restoration. His obsession with the project ran so deep that he bought oak boards for the wooden frame from the same sawmill his father had used 70 years earlier. … Read the rest of the story…

Big Four-Wheel-Drive Tractors For Sale
Chad Elmore

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Four-wheel-drive tractors have a lot of appeal to collectors. It’s spring now. For those of us who have spent most of the year shoveling snow and checking the thermostat in the house and the shop, the calendar says we’ll soon be able to open the doors and let in some natural light. It also means that show season is coming. If you, like me, still have an unfinished winter project or two waiting for attention, you may be happy to … Read the rest of the story…

Restoring Your Farm Tractor
Candace Brown

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Is there anything more rewarding than restoring your farm tractor in your own barn or garage? Antique Power magazine offers great information for people new to the antique tractor hobby, as does its parent company’s ErtelGiftShop.com, through a fine selection of books. Some of these publications become collector’s items in their own right. How to Restore Classic Farmall Tractors, by Tharran E. Gaines, is a good example in this category. It originally sold for $25, yet, as I write this … Read the rest of the story…

Spring Prep – Finally!
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

It’s time to think about spring prep. My view out of the window as I write this is of a lot of snow covered by a nice glaze of ice, but my thoughts have turned to what we used to do on the farm about this time of year. As the temperatures were regularly above freezing, it was a waiting game for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw so we could get into the fields. Dad remarked … Read the rest of the story…

Hauling Tractors
Candace Brown

The Newbie

You might not think much about hauling tractors, but there is a lot to know in order to do it safely. Readers of Antique Power magazine love looking at old tractors—not only on our pages, but also at tractor shows, tractor pulls, and parades. Every one of those tractors was either hauled on a flatbed truck or trailered to their destinations. If you think that is no big deal, think again. Transporting tractors safely requires the right equipment, knowledge, and … Read the rest of the story…

Gasoline Engines Galore
Chad Elmore

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The vintage tractor auction scene offers gasoline engines galore for March and April. Long before the rural electrification programs of the 1930s began to stretch power lines throughout the countryside, farms depended on stationary gasoline- and kerosene-fueled engines to drive menial, repetitive tasks such as pumping water, running a cream separator and even a washing machine. Hundreds of companies, ranging from foundries to machine shops to established implement manufacturers, built stationary engines. Auctions scheduled for March and April will give … Read the rest of the story…