Tractor Boy’s Video Debut

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Welcome to Tractor Boy’s video debut. My name is Lorin Burch, and I live in Boyne City, a small resort town in northern Michigan. I enjoy tractors – domestic and a few foreign. My interest began when I was playing with Tonka toys and tractors in a sandbox. I can remember when I was about five and would help Grandpa’s friends haul tractors on a rig and thought it was so cool. I first drove a garden tractor. They just … Read the rest of the story…

Massey-Harris-Ferguson Pony – Video
Brad Bowling

Pony

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.

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…

Welcome to the Fair
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Welcome to the fair. Whether it’s a local, county, or state fair, there’s a magical energy in the air that only comes around once a year, when that special event occurs. The fair offers farmers and their families the opportunity to show the best animals from the herd, the lushest produce from the field—even a chance to demonstrate the engineering knowledge necessary to construct a box in which touching a pair of electrical leads to the correct contacts causes a … Read the rest of the story…

The Oldest Wallis Cub Tractor
Brad Bowling

Wallis Cub

The oldest Wallis Cub tractor in existence is featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power. The Wallis Cub was built by the Wallis Tractor Co. in Racine, Wisconsin, and became part of the J.I. Case Plow Works in 1919. Cubs were in production from 1913 to 1918. Pick up a copy of this issue to read more about this fascinating antique and its restoration story. … Read the rest of the story…

The Eight Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Tractor Collectors
Candace Brown

The Newbie

When I began writing for Antique Power magazine, I never imagined how much I would enjoy meeting people involved with the antique tractor hobby and getting to know so many personally. Every interview has rewarded me not only with great material for my articles, but also with new friendships and a deeper understanding of what tractors truly mean to their owners. They tell me about the challenges of restoration, their funny anecdotes, and family histories. I’ve been to tractor club … Read the rest of the story…

Marmon-Herrington Rubber Tracks
Brad Bowling

marmon-herrington

Marmon-Herrington rubber tracks led to great advances in military and agricultural applications. The technology also led to a fascinating (but short-lived) off-road machine powered by a variety of gas and diesel engines. In the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power, Don Chew gives readers a brief history of the Track-Laying Tractor. … Read the rest of the story…

A Star Doodlebug is Reborn
Patrick Ertel

Star Doodleug

This Star doodlebug is certainly a rarity in the vintage tractor world. In fact, it’s the first one I’ve ever seen. Not too many people looked at a Star automobile (produced between 1922 and 1928) and thought, “I need to turn that into a little tractor.” In the July/August 2014 issue of Antique Power, I tell the story of how Wes Pyburn found this unusual machine in a junkyard near Bartow, Florida, and searched for enough parts to restore it. … Read the rest of the story…