Meadow Over Mist – Oliver 880 Diesel
Al Rogers


The Oliver 880 diesel featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power changed from Mist to Meadow green as it sat on the Oliver assembly line during a long labor strike in 1959. It is owned by commercial refrigeration licensed mechanical contractor Mark Felton of Clio, Michigan, whose collection of Oliver tractors currently stands at 14. “I really don’t make money off of collecting Oliver tractors,” Felton said, “but I spend a lot of money doing it.” This is … Read the rest of the story…

Viewing Farm Technology up Close and Personal
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

While it’s fun to go to the county fair to see the new machinery, pick up sales flyers, and take a good, long look at everything sitting on display, there’s nothing like viewing farm technology up close and personal. Recently, the annual Farm Technology Days event was held in central Wisconsin just outside Stevens Point. Over three days, nearly 50,000 agriculture enthusiasts toured exhibits where they saw the latest in a wide variety of farming equipment and technology. The event, … Read the rest of the story…

Minneapolis-Moline ZTS – September/October 2014 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

1941 M-M ZTS

This 1941 Minneapolis-Moline ZTS tractor is a rarity owned by Frank Loveland of Hendersonville, North Carolina. I photographed it for the cover of the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine. To be flexible enough for different fuels, its RE engine featured a detachable spacer in the head that could be used to alter the compression ratio. What else is in this issue? Features The Working 1940 John Deere Model L The Huber Light Four Photo Album The Accidental Tractor … Read the rest of the story…

Pink Ribbon Tractor – 1948 Earthmaster

pink breast cancer awareness

This 1948 Earthmaster tractor and its pink ribbon got our attention, because cancer awareness is a cause very close to the Antique Power magazine staff. A reader sent us the following photo and story that we would like to share with you. The Pink Ribbon Tractor A unique love letter with a message of hope In the small town of Appleton, New York, a local farmer decided to honor his wife, Debbie, with a unique love letter. Debbie was diagnosed … Read the rest of the story…

Cross-Mounted Tractor Engines
Candace Brown

The Newbie

The subject of cross-mounted tractor engines came up recently. Antique Power magazine’s September/October 2014 issue features my article about a 1919 Case 10-18 tractor with a “transverse” or “cross-mounted” engine, an innovation that came and went as tractor development rolled along the bumpy road of experimentation. The idea of mounting an engine perpendicular to the frame succeeded in its own right, for its own reasons, then disappeared because of changes in the tractor marketplace, only to reappear in certain modern … Read the rest of the story…

September Tractor Auction Scene No Slouch, Either
Chad Elmore


August was a busy month for auction observers, and the September tractor auction scene is shaping up to be more of the same. A number of life-long collections will find new homes this month, which means that a lot of nice machines will cross the block at events all over the Midwest. Mages Land Co. and Auction Service – New Ulm, Minnesota On September 6, Mages Land Co. and Auction Service will sell Harold and Lorraine Olson’s collection of tractors. … Read the rest of the story…

Ted Kalvitis Wins Writing Award
Brad Bowling

Ted Kalvitis

Ted Kalvitis has received an award for his column writing. We just learned that one of Antique Power magazine’s most popular contributors has received well-deserved peer recognition. Jim King, managing editor of the Hampshire Review in Romney, West Virginia, told us Kalvitis was selected as Best Lifestyle Columnist in the state in the category of large weekly newspapers. Kalvitis’ portfolio consisted of three 2013 “Far Muse” columns the Hampshire Review submitted for the annual newspaper contest. “He writes a wonderful, … Read the rest of the story…