Tractors Come in Handy for Snow Removal
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Here at Antique Power magazine, we wish all our readers a very happy new year. January is upon us, and I know many of you have snow right now. Last October, my post in The Newbie was How to Winterize Your Antique Tractor, but not every tractor gets to spend all winter tucked away in a cozy barn. Some, including vintage models, end up being used for snow removal, snow blowing, and even winter logging. I thought it would be … Read the rest of the story…

A New Year of Auctions to Fill Up the 2017 Calendar
Cindy Ladage

Every year, I pore over our calendar thinking and dreaming about upcoming travel plans. This year is no different. If able, I head to the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club’s annual show in February to escape the Midwest winter. By February, I am over winter’s stark beauty that I was enthralled with at Christmas. The winter snow and frosted windows come February take on a gloom that makes me want to head anywhere south. I want to soak up the … Read the rest of the story…

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

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

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…