International Harvester Car for Sale
Chad Elmore


You almost never see an International Harvester Car at an auction! The antique tractor hobby is full of surprises, and to me that’s one of its best aspects about it. A surprise might come about when stumbling across a fresh barn-find displayed at a thresheree for the first time or when a rare tractor appears out-of-the-blue in a small-town parade. Sometimes it’s just opening a copy of Antique Power on my walk from the mailbox to the house and finding … Read the rest of the story…

Massey-Harris Twin Power Pacemaker – January/February 2015 Cover Story
Brad Bowling


The 1938 Massey-Harris Twin Power Pacemaker Orchard tractor that appears on the cover of the January/February 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine was discovered by John Bush among the more than 200 ads in our classified section. “It was nicely restored,” John said, “but it was missing a few things.” Read on to see how much work Bush did to finish this beautiful restoration. What else is in this issue? Features Texas Sand in Hiawatha – 1937 Farmall F-12 The … Read the rest of the story…

1947 Gibson Model A Garden Tractor
Candace Brown


Don and Shirley Miller’s 1947 Gibson Model A garden tractor continues the tradition started by Wilber Gibson of adding parts and functionality to his machines as needed. The Millers live not too far from the site of Gibson’s Seattle, Washington, shop. Had Don been born a few decades earlier, he probably would have been one of the curious men hanging around and offering advice about what to put on the prototype models. During its restoration, Don made a few modifications … Read the rest of the story…

Hauling Manure, Spreading Manure
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Ya haul 16 tons of manure and whatta ya get? Many of us have pleasant memories of farm life, but few of us fondly recall one particular chore that involved animals: manure hauling. Obviously, manure can be looked at as an expected byproduct of livestock as well as free fertilizer, but that doesn’t mean any of us had to like the job of cleaning it up and disposing of it. It was a toss-up as to which was worse: the … Read the rest of the story…

A History of Rock Island Plow Co. Tractors
Brad Bowling


In the January/February 2015 issue of Antique Power, Paul Searl of Esmond, Illinois, explores the history of Rock Island Plow Co. tractors and the company’s troubled history. J.I. Case Co. purchased the Rock Island plant in 1935 and production of RIPC tractors stopped shortly thereafter. Searl has a collection of rare Rock Island and Heider tractors, including most of the 15-25 series and a big H22, and also maintains an extensive website ( devoted to the Rock Island Plow Co. … Read the rest of the story…

Liquid-cooling or Air-cooling?
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Do you prefer liquid-cooling or air-cooling? The March/April 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine will feature my article about an extremely rare 1959 Porsche-Diesel Master model N408 tractor. Its several distinctive characteristics include an air-cooled, 4-cylinder engine. As a newbie in the world of antique tractors, I wanted to learn more about air-cooled versus liquid-cooled engines and thought others might, too. In a perfect system, internal combustion would be so complete and efficient that 100% of its effect would translate … Read the rest of the story…