What Do You Call Your Back 40?
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

The Back 40. Many refer to it, and it may signify a specific spot on your farm or your neighbor’s farm, but where does the term come from? According to the online Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com), “The ‘back 40’ is a beloved American idiom. In the U.S., one township is 36 square miles (six miles by six miles). Each square mile (a section of land) is divided into 16 subdivisions of 40 acres (1/4-mile by 1/4-mile) — so a quarter section … Read the rest of the story…

Massey-Harris-Ferguson Pony – Video
Brad Bowling


Mike Mercer, of Clayton, Ohio, does not agree at all with the dealers who disparaged the Massey-Harris-Ferguson Pony in 1954 and 1955. Antique Power editor Patrick Ertel and I visited with Mercer to photograph and research the Pony he first rode at the age of seven and recently restored. Mercer talked to us on video about the machine we feature in the July/August 2014 issue of the magazine. Click the YouTube video below to hear his story.

Tractor Matchbook Covers – Yankee’s Attic
Brad Bowling

"Yankee's Attic" is a regular feature in Antique Power magazine. Tractor history archivist Ed Bezanson shares his personal collection of thousands of  unusual vintage photos and rare literature.

Vintage tractor matchbook covers are extremely collectible today, according to Antique Power magazine’s “Yankee’s Attic” columnist, Ed Bezanson. His column for the July/August 2014 issue shows off full-color examples from his personal collection of vintage photos and rare literature, including covers touting the new Ferguson 35 (with “Exclusive 4-Way Work Control”); Cockshutt’s line of 20, 30, 40, and 50 models; and 16 Farmall models with the company’s Fast-Hitch design. All three were printed by the Universal Match Corp. and handed … Read the rest of the story…

Arps Track Conversion for Tractors
Chad Elmore


Bruno Arps and his track conversion for tractors gave birth to a mechanical farming trend in 1949 that continues today. In the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power, I tell the story of how the Arps Corp. developed a half-track system for a variety of tractor models. Tracks reduced compaction, and the rubber tracks meant they could be driven on public roads between fields. At one time in the 1950s, Arps had conversions for more than 100 tractor models for … Read the rest of the story…

Fire Tractor

international harvester fire tractor

Antique Power magazine’s own Benjamin Smith stopped by the 18th Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show in Germantown, Ohio, on Saturday and came across this 1953 International Harvester fire tractor owned by Chip Lytle. It probably wasn’t the first to arrive on the scene of the blaze, but we bet it could drive through anything to get there. … Read the rest of the story…

Alternate Tractor Fuels
Candace Brown

The Newbie

The 1919 International Harvester 8-16 on the cover of Antique Power’s July/August 2014 issue made an exciting subject for my feature story, because it was the first time I delved into alternate tractor fuels. Curiosity fueled my research, but it turns out that tractors have been fueled by just about everything else—stove oil, diesel fuel, distillate (also known as “tractor fuel”), and its close relative, kerosene, as well as liquid propane (LP), and, of course, gasoline. The first tractors used … Read the rest of the story…

IH HC 8-16 Kerosene – July/August 2014 Cover Story
Candace Brown

IH HC 8-16 Kerosene

The 1919 IH HC 8-16 Kerosene tractor that appears on the cover of the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine is a machine that owner Mike King coveted but never thought he could add to his collection. Our photographer in the Pacific Northwest, Candace Brown, found this wonderful steel-wheel relic and also shot some brief video of it at a show. (Click image below to view video.) What else is in this issue? Features Making Tracks on the Farm … Read the rest of the story…