Reasons to Collect Garden Tractors
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Antique Power magazine features all makes, models, and sizes of vintage tractors, including garden tractors. Newbies to the hobby of tractor collecting might want to consider these smaller relatives of full-sized farm equipment as fun and practical alternatives. Interest in collecting, restoring, showing, and even pulling vintage lawn and garden tractors continues to grow, yet they are still very affordable. Phil Scott, newsletter editor and membership director of the Northwest Vintage Iron Club—EDGETA Branch 36, in Washington state, suggested this … Read the rest of the story…

Winter Auction Action for the New Year!
Cindy Ladage

AP_Auction_News

The National Farm Toy Show celebrated its 39th show the first weekend in November in Dyersville, Iowa, the farm toy capital of America. One of the highlights of this toy show, besides kicking off the farm toy season, are the beautiful farm layouts. Adults and youth alike compete in the farm layout competition, and they never fail to impress. This year one of the stellar layouts was created by Brad Baird from Kouts, Indiana. Baird made a farm scene that … Read the rest of the story…

Mom’s Farm Memories
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

A few months ago, I devoted my column to Dad’s farm memories. This time, I’m devoting my column to my mom, who celebrated her birthday in November. Mary Kay Trappe was born in northeastern Iowa and grew up in and around Monona and Postville. When she was a girl, my grandfather Harold Trappe, grandmother Mildred Trappe, and she moved several times, as Grandpa rented or worked on several different farms. It was on one of these farms south of Monona … Read the rest of the story…

How to Restore an Antique Tractor Steering Wheel—Pros, Cons, and Professional Tips
Candace Brown

The Newbie

At Antique Power magazine, we have seen newbies do beautiful work restoring an antique tractor. Fortunately, one of the easiest and most satisfying parts to restore is the steering wheel. Since “The Newbie” would never want to “steer” you wrong, I asked professional restorer Dale Fye for some steering wheel repair tips. He is the owner of Trusty Tractor Restorations in Shelton, Washington, and the president of his local antique tractor club, EDGE&TA (Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc.) … Read the rest of the story…

Auctions and Benefits for 2016 Holiday Shopping
Cindy Ladage

AP_Auction_News

There are a variety of auctions, and sometimes you hit on one that is unforgettable. While the Great Salt Lick Contest/Auction/Benefit in Baker City, Oregon, doesn’t relate to antique tractors, it does relate to farming. Sept. 17, 2016 was the 10th year to auction Salt Lick blocks that livestock and wildlife had crafted into art. The auction started as a joke by Whit Deschner who said he had noticed that “each salt lick is like a snowflake—they all are different.” … Read the rest of the story…

Tractor Maintenance for 4-H
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Each fall, as the colors turn and the air becomes more chill and crisp, I’m reminded of my days in my local 4-H club—the Plum Valley Boosters. New members joined the club each fall, when members chose their project or projects for the next year. Initially, I enrolled in the dairy unit, where I raised a Holstein calf that Dad gave me, prepared it for the summer shows, and documented my experiences in my 4-H record book. (Those record books … Read the rest of the story…

Turn it up! Radio on the farm
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Turn it up! Radio on the farm When radio was in its infancy, David Sarnoff saw the potential that the new medium offered, especially for farmers and others in rural areas. It was a major source of news and information beginning in the late 1920s and continues that function today. Once the original bulky sets could be reduced in size, it wasn’t long before they were added to automobiles. And, once there was sufficient amplification to overcome the noise of … Read the rest of the story…