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Tractor of the Week

Email submissions to: Joe Gangwish, or to: Tractors c/o KRVN, Box 880, Lexington, Ne 68850.
Olivers Galore
2017-03-23T01:32

Hi gang.  Dennis Ernest who works for the Nebraska Rural Radio Association at KNEB in Scottsbluff sent me these pics of the Oliver tractors his family farmed with.

Back in the late 70's, his dad lined up the tractors. In this photo, he says the old tractor in the front of the first line up is a hand crank model 80.  It was the primary tractor my dad used in his early days of farming.  Had a wide front and no loader.  As later tractors came along it was converted to a loader tractor.  The others are an 1800, 1950 and 2255.




Here is a little closer picture of the newer tractors.




His dad's 2255, 1950, and his brother Pat's Super 99. The 1800 was early 60s model he bought used, the 1950 was new in 1966, with used cab added and reoriented to rear entry.




  The 2255 was new in 1976 which was the last one he bought before he died in 1980.





One last one with on an Oliver 88, which was a popular model.  This particular 88 was not his dad's originally​,  but very much like the one he farmed with.  We mostly used it as an auger tractor at harvest.




Thanks for all of your memories, Dennis!  Very cool photos. Keep 'em comin', gang! - Joe

Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 




The Dain Tractor
2017-03-08T06:47

On my John Deere dealer calendar this month is a picture of Deere's latest high-horsepower tractor, the 9620 RX.  Below that is a picture of what some consider to be John Deere's first tractor which was the Dain.

I looked up some history of the Dain and here's what I found. "In 1912, Deere & Co. began to develop prototypes for their own tractor. The only one that ever went into production (in 1918) is now known as the "Dain" tractor. It is named after Joseph Dain, the engineer who designed it. Only 50 to 100 or so "Dain" tractors were built and sold because that same year the Deere Company bought the Waterloo Engine Company, in order to obtain a factory in which to build tractors.
The Waterloo Engine Company was already manufacturing the Waterloo Boy tractor that it had introduced in 1913. The "Dain" project was halted for two reasons: Joseph Dain had died, and the Waterloo Boy tractor was less expensive to build than the "Dain". Deere & Co. elected to continue manufacturing the Waterloo Boy tractors until 1924. This gave them plenty of time to develop a completely new tractor of their own. It was called the Model D. and it was introduced in late 1923 as a 1924 Model. The "Dain" was the first tractor with the John Deere name on it, but very few were produced. It was not a commercial success." -Source: retiredtractors.com

On another community page, "The Old Iron Collective", I found a little more.
"Experimental work on this tractor dates back to 1914. The inventor was Joseph Dain Sr. There were a few experimental machines put out each year until 1918 when 100 were built. The entire 100 machines were sold to the John Deere Company as they wanted to get into the tractor business. These machines were built in a factory located on 10th Street in East Moline, Illinois. This is where the John Deere Harvester Works began its existence. Elmer McCormick, who later became Chief Engineer at Deere's Waterloo Plant, supervised the manufacturing.

John Deere had narrowed their field down to two options: Go with the four cylinder, all-wheel-drive Dain design and make it themselves or purchase the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company of Waterloo, Iowa and use the already proven two cylinder Waterloo Boy Tractor. Deere chose the two cylinder Waterloo Boy partly because it believed the two cylinder design was simple and less expensive and that the Waterloo boy had already established itself as a successful tractor. The Dain Tractor project was dropped upon purchase of the Waterloo plant. The tractor originally owned by Mr. Williams is the thirty-fourth one built. There are only two complete examples of this tractor known to exist."


Specifications of the John Deere AWD Dain Tractor #34

Year Produced: 1918
Number Produced: 100
Engine: McVicker Engineering vertical four-cylinder
Fuel type: Gasoline
Fuel Capacity: 21 Gallons
Bore & Stroke: 4-1/2 X 6
Rated RPM: 800
Carburetor: Stromberg M2, 1-1/4", Brass
Air Cleaner: Bennett
Magneto: K-W Type model "T"

Drive: Three wheel chain drive

Ratings
Drawbar: 12 horsepower
Belt: 24 horsepower

Speed, (Forward and Reverse)
High: 2.62 mph
Low: 2 mph

Length: 12'-6"
Height to Radiator: 57 inches
Width at front: 76 inches
Font Wheel: two steel, 36 X 8 inches
Rear Wheel: one steel, 40 X 20 inches
Weight: 4600 pounds

Price: $1200

Got a tractor with a story?  Please share it with us.  Our contact info is at the top of the page. - Joe

Courtesy of "The Old Iron Collective"

Courtesy of "Illinois in Focus"

Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 



 
1963 John Deere 3010
2017-02-28T03:02

Thought I would share this photo I stole (with permission of course) from Trenton Mussmann of
Ruskin, Ne on Facebook.  Looks like the local cooperative needed a little help from his 3010 this week to navigate out of the mud.

Is it just me, or do those commercials for newer, smaller tractors misleading?  These older tractors are still cutting the mustard on farms nationwide.  Enjoy! - Joe






Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 


1947 Farmall H and 2-14 No. 8 Plow
2017-02-20T03:24

T-hanks to Steve Schopp for sending me these pictures from an Annual Plow Day last fall by Mackinaw, Illinois which is SE of Peoria.

Steve says he and his late father purchased and restored the H about 30 years ago and his friend Rush Olson and purchased the plow with him last summer.  They attended two plow days in the fall.

Thanks, Steve!  Good to have some pics all the way from Illinois.  Keep those entries coming. - Joe







Events-

June 3-11-  Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN) This year the route will be on Hwy 23 in tour Southern Nebraska.  Starting June 3 in Holyoke, CO and end June 11 at Platte River State Park near Plattsmouth.  For more info, go to antiquefarming.org. 

June 16-17  All Nebraska Tractor Ride. Starting and finishing near Hastings, Ne both days.  Early bird registration ends March 1st.  Register at www.pvama.org or  402-469-4455. 



Sugarbeet Harvesters
2017-02-11T03:10

Was talking to dad about sugarbeet harvest the other day and got me to thinking about if there was any old beet equipment still out there in tree rows and such?  Any restored and used in parades?

Here are some old photos I found online of some equipment. As most of you know, beets moved from Central Nebraska out west to Scottsbluff around the late 50's/early 60's.

IH 1-row harvester on Farmall H

John Deere 2-row Harvester

Farmall H with Marveet Harvester

IH Hundred Series -- The Forgotten Vintage Tractor?
2017-01-31T07:35


 

This Farmall 450 was featured on a recent Mecum tractor auction. (Courtesy of Mecum)


Special thanks to Russ Quinn of DTN for this story originally published Jan. 30th.


While I didn't grow up with "red" tractors, we had enough family, friends and neighbors who did, so I was around International tractors even though we didn't have any. I had several friends growing up whose families farmed with IH equipment, and I learned about this equipment from them.
I am fairly familiar with the Farmall H/M and the 460/560 series, as I knew several folks with these series of IH tractors. In between these two, were two other series -- the super and the hundred series -- but I didn't really know much about them, since no one I knew personally had these tractors.

I guess that is not exactly true. One of my great uncles had a couple of Super M tractors, but I was never around them. After he passed away in the early 1990s, I can remember stopping at their farm with my dad and we looked at these two tractors, which were still in one of the sheds.
In 1955, IH introduced the new hundred series to replace the letter super series. This series consisted of a few different models with the 300 and 400 being the most well-known. A couple of years later, the 50 series came along featuring the 350 and 450.

According to tractordata.com, the Farmall 300 had 29,077 tractors in its production run while the 400 had slightly more, with 40,957 produced. I couldn't find any production number for the 50 series.
I would suppose the hundred series for IH was maybe not as popular as some of the series before and after it for several reasons. 

For starters, the total production run for both the 00 and the 50 series was just five years (1954-58). The run for the letter series was a robust 14 years (1939-1952), with 391,227 H manufactured and 270,140 M produced. 

Image courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society


Secondly, the H/M is one of the most popular tractor series of all time. I'm guessing many folks just kept their M/H and didn't move to the hundred series. 

You also have to wonder about the fact that American farms were rapidly increasing in size in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. Those farmers who did trade in their letter tractors and went to the hundred series probably moved right along to the 60 series and later series. 

Whatever the reasons, I hadn't really been around these tractors much. However, I have gotten to know the 00 series much better in the last couple of decades.

Over the years, I have helped to announce a couple antique tractors pulls in our area. My knowledge of the history of vintage iron and my general loudness comes in quite handy at these events.
The 400/450 is a popular choice for IH pullers. While the M is prevalent in the mid-weight classes, the 400/450 is fairly common in the heavier class, as is the 460/560.
We also own a Farmall 400 on our own farm. 

One of my uncles had a Farmall 400 with a Dual loader, and he has wanted to upgrade tractors for probably 15 years now; so we bought the vintage IH tractor. We wanted another loader tractor as we began to put up hay many miles away from the home farm, and we really needed another loader tractor to unload round bales once we brought the bales home.

While nothing fancy, the 400 is a decent back-up loader tractor. It is a gas burner, so it's nice to have a loader tractor ready to be started in an instant on cold winter days without having to plug in the engine heater and wait a couple of hours.

In addition, the Dual loader on the 400 has a grapple fork. This comes in very handy when cutting trees off terraces or trimming branches -- just lower the fork and you are not dropping any branches.
So while I'm a "green" guy through-and-through, we do have one extremely useful spot of red in the shed.

Have any memories or anecdotes of your red vintage tractors in these series?
Drop me a line.

Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com


 
John Deere Stalk Shredder
2016-10-26T03:28

If you are planning on shredding some stalks this fall, Kenny Layher of Wood River has this beauty he might let you borrow?  A lot of these were sold for iron out of the tree row I'm sure.  I'm glad Kenny has this little piece of history restored for future generations.

Doing a little research online I noticed New Idea made a pull type version as well.  Click on the photos for a closer look!  Also note we have a couple new corn harvest events listed below. - Joe






Events-

November 5, Linder Antique Corn Harvest. South side of Loomis on Saturday, November 5th.  Lunch provided for a small donation.  Picker meeting around 9:00 a.m. to start the day.  Call Charlie at 308-991-2012 for more info.

November 5, Pleasanton Antique Corn Harvest will be held Saturday, Nov 5th on the west side of Trotter Fertilizer on the north side of town. Will start sometime between 9 and 10 a.m.  Contact Tim Kirschner for more info at 308-440-1553.  
 
John Deere 105 Corn Special
2016-10-10T08:48

Hope harvest is going well for everyone.  For this post, I snapped these photos a few weeks back at the Hand Cornhusking Competition near Gothenburg.  I had heard a rumor that Matt Feik of Cozad had an older combine and I finally got to see it in person.

He used his JD 105 Corn Special to help clean up the fields following the Hand Cornhusking Competition.  Thanks, Matt for keeping these old machines alive!  Enjoy the photos.  Now I'm off to pick some corn with my old 95! - Joe










1959 Oliver 770
2016-09-26T02:42

Harvest is getting started across the area!  Look for some classic harvest pics coming up.  In the meantime, I ran into Glenn Kirchhoff at the Ne State Fair back in September.  He told me to go take a couple photos of his Oliver 770 at the classic tractor display and that's just what I did! 

Glenn said this particular tractor was found on the internet in northern Iowa.  He has had it about 12 years now and was restored when he bought it.  Glenn said he farmed many years with Olivers in the Hardy, Ne area during the 50's and 60's.

This 770 has been on many tractor rides and parades since Glenn has owned it.  Plus, it was part of the World Record Parade of Classic Tractors at the Nebraska State Fair back in 2012. 

Enjoy and keep those photos and ideas coming. - Joe







Events-

October 8, Tractorcade tractor ride will be held October 8th at Wellfleet, Ne.  The ride will start at 1 p.m. on main street in town.  There will be several canyons on the ride so the organizers ask that your tractor have good brakes.  There will be a cookout afterward.  Meat will be provided, please bring other food items to share. Call 308-530-7847 for more info.

1966 IH 1206 Wheatland
2016-09-12T10:04

Hi gang.  Lots of cool tractors (new and old) at this year's Husker Harverst Days.  I found this very nice '66 IH 1206 on the grounds during set-up day. 

There is also a very nice display of classic tractors on the east end of the grounds as you enter the show through the main entrance.  Check it out!  Come and see us in the Rural Radio Network Broadcast Center. - Joe







Events-

Sep 13-15, Classic Tractor Display at Husker Harvest Days

September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.
 
1961 John Deere 3010 Row-Crop Utility
2016-08-30T01:40

Long time, no see as we are starting to have some more entries trickle in to us here for the Tractor Blog.  Howard Uhrich of Wood River, Ne had this little 3010 at the Gibbon Car and Tractor Show this month.

Howard told me you can also see it at the Nebraska State Fair.   Only 654 were made as gas burners.

Thanks for continuing to check in on our blog!  Keep those entries coming to jgangwish@krvn.com.






Events-

September 10, Cozad Hay Days 2nd Annual Antique Tractor Show. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade to follow at 11:00.  Call Marcus at 308-529-0430 or Levi at 308--325-7083 for more info. 

September 10-11, Old Trusty Days at the Clay County Fairgrounds near Clay Center, Ne. For more go to http://www.oldtrusty.org/. 

September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.

  
4th of July Fun
2016-07-04T09:10

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Here are some photos of some classic tractors I saw in my hometown of Gibbon at the parade.  Thanks for looking and keep those photos coming! - Joe












Events-


September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.

September 10, Cozad Hay Days 2nd Annual Antique Tractor Show. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade to follow at 11:00.  Call Marcus at 308-529-0430 or Levi at 308--325-7083 for more info.  


1955 John Deere 60 with Great Green Candy Machine
2016-06-27T07:36

Hi folks.  Was saddened to hear over the weekend of the death of tractor enthusiast and friend Bob Davis from the Phillipsburg/Agra, Kansas area.  Bob had not been collecting old John Deere tractors that long, but his passion ran deep. 

He was battling health issues and had just contacted me a few weeks ago about someone taking over the duties of rolling through the Alma parade and shooting the Candy Cannon from the "Green Candy Machine" in the parade this year.

Bob passed away Monday, June 20th and his services will be today (Monday), June 27th at 11:00 a.m. at:


Heartland Worship Center
1004 East US 36
Agra, Kansas 67621

To Bob's family, we offer our sincere condolences on Bob's passing.  He certainly loved parades, tractor rides and shows and his smile will be sincerely missed. 

Below are a couple of photos he sent me last month from last year's Alma parade.  Please keep his family in your prayers. - Joe


 

 
July 4th,  Several parades around the area.  Show off your classic machine and celebrate our independence! 
 
September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.
 
1935 John Deere Model A
2016-06-02T01:20

Hi gang.  Sorry for the long time between posts.  As drives and shows ramp up here this summer, I'm hoping to have some new entries for us.

This week, Max Propst from Seward is back with another nice tractor from his collection.  This 1935 Model A was a local tractor according to Max.  He said he was unable to get a lot of info on it, since the previous owner has since passed on.  It was original paint when he purchased it and had a professional paint job done.  Notice the round spoke wheels both front and back.

Max tells me he has been the owner for about 10 years and the only work mechanically the tractor needed was a back rim replaced.   He joked this old "A" is getting a little bit too much to turn over sometimes.  I think a lot of us who had to hand crank these old 2-cylinders can sympathize!

Thanks for dropping the photos by, Max.   Hope to see some of you down the road this summer! - Joe



Events-

June 4, South Central Tractor Drive.  Starts at 9:30 in Elwood, then tour around Johnson Lake. Call John for more information at 308-233-4555.  

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org.  

June 4- Pleasanton Lions Club Parade at 10 a.m. Meet at Nichols Repair at 9:15 a.m.  Antique tractor pull then at 2 p.m.  Weigh in Friday evening, June 3rd from 6p-8p or Sat from 12p-1:30p.  Tractor must be 1959 or older.  
 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 11, Antique Engine and Tractor Show.  10a.m. to 5p.m. at 24th and Newell in Cozad, Ne. Call Todd for more info at 308-325-5283.   

June 25, Farnam Founders Day Show & Shine.  Parade at 10:30.  Displays from 11:00-3:00.  Registration begins at 8:00a.m.  Cal 308-569-2439 for more info. 

September 16-18, 2016 Nebraska State International Harvester Tractor Show at Steele City, Ne, 12 miles SE of Fairbury. Contact Dennis Kenning 402.641.1153  dkenning@farmersco-operative.com or Julianne Endorf  402.446.7486 for information.

1973 John Deere 1530
2016-04-16T04:17

***New Events Added Below***

Hi gang.  After a busy few weeks and taking some time to get ready to plant corn, the rain on the plains has given me some time to update our little blog!

Thanks for Joe Culver from the Orleans, Ne area for showing me around their place recently and pulling out some of their machines.  (I have to also thank Joe for the new markers for my planter)  Joe and his dad have a nice variety of Deere's. This little 1530 caught my eye.

Joe's dad, Bob, bought this one in '73 from the JD dealer in Red Cloud, Ne when the new 30-series were hard to come by.  Notice the Minneapolis-Moline weights on the front and the rear wheel weights.  Also the mailbox toolbox!  This tractor runs like a champ and was manufactured Mannheim, Germany.

Thanks for looking and send us your machines to the addresses above! - Joe






June 4, South Central Tractor Drive.  Starts at 9:30 in Elwood, then tour around Johnson Lake. Call John for more information at 308-233-4555. 


June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 11, Antique Engine and Tractor Show.  10a.m. to 5p.m. at 24th and Newell in Cozad, Ne. Call Todd for more info at 308-325-5283.  

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org. 

1939 Ford 9N
2016-03-14T01:23

Hi gang.  Back this week with a very nice Ford 9N and one proud owner.   His name is Roy Deeds from North Platte and here is his entry for us!

Roy Deeds with his grandson, Cyrus and their dog SE of North Platte.


"Here are a couple of recent pictures of my 1939 Ford tractor (serial no. 9N108061) at our place in Moran Canyon southeast of North Platte.  I purchased the Ford at a farm sale near Oconto back in the 70's and have used it for "haying" (mowing and raking) for many years.  It is kind of retired now (like me) but did a nice job of moving snow off the driveway from the early February blast that we received on Groundhog's Day.  I had not needed to put chains on the rear wheels for at least ten years and you cannot believe (Dave Thorell will appreciate this) how much weight those chains have gained over those ten years by simply hanging on the wall of the barn!  I could barely lift them off the hooks.  The Ford is one year older than me."



"Anyway, I enjoy your Tractor of the Week feature and have been a faithful listener to KRVN since they came on the air in 1951. That was a special year for our family because we finally got REA electricity on our rented dry land farm north of Boelus.  What a wonderful event--no more doing chores with a gas lantern or kerosene lamps in the house for light.  And Dad even let us boys have a radio in the barn while milking--KRVN of course."




"Finally, a last word about my Ford tractor.  The only time it has needed "professional" repair was a couple of years ago when Miller Repair of Maxwell performed some much needed maintenance on it--the brakes even work!  Those guys at Miller Repair are truly professional mechanics and such nice people."

Thank, Roy!  Also, we thank you for keeping your radio on KRVN.  As we celebrate National Ag Week this week, it's a great way to do it with these reliable Ford tractors that were so popular across the country.

Keep those submissions coming! - Joe

Events-

April 3 Joint NE Clubs Potluck.  Lunch at 1 p.m. at Alda Village Hall.  

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org.



1953 Farmall Super M
2016-02-14T03:08

Welcome back to our little blog.  Sometimes it takes a significant other to submit a tractor for you on our blog. Terri Licking did just that when she submitted this Farmall Super M for her husband, Wayne. Terry snapped these cool photos of Wayne in action this past summer mowing the ditches.

Wayne told me he's had this tractor since 1970.  He said to notice the IH bellow mower with two cylinders so you can adjust it easier to the ditch.  They live in the Sandhills in Thomas County southwest of Thedford.

We love to see your old iron in action!  Send us your pics of restored tractors or ones still in their work clothes doing the job!

Click on the photos for a closer look. - Joe




Events- 

March 6,  Central NE Antique Tractor & Equipment Club's Toy Show. 9-3 at the St Libory Parish Hall.

April 3 Joint NE Clubs Potluck.  Lunch at 1 p.m. at Alda Village Hall.  

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                    antiquefarming.org.
Send Us Your Photos!
2016-01-31T02:34

Hi gang.  Keep those entries coming.   We've had a couple good weeks with very interesting photos and stories to go along with your old machines.  We can sure use some new ones.



I was looking back through my old emails, and next week we will feature a '53 Super M still doing the job mowing road ditches.  See you next week! - Joe

Events- 

March 6,  Central NE Antique Tractor & Equipment Club's Toy Show. 9-3 at the St Libory Parish Hall.

April 3 Joint NE Clubs Potluck.  Lunch at 1 p.m. at Alda Village Hall. 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.
1935 John Deere "A"
2016-01-24T03:05

Hi gang.  Had a nice visit with Leonard Anderson not too long ago and he heard our promo for Tractor of the Week on the radio.  Come to find out, Leonard has a very nice Model A that has been in his family since it was delivered to Ceresco, Nebraska in 1935.

Thanks to Green Magazine for allowing us to use part of their article.  You can read this from the "tractor point of view" in the May 2014 edition.  On Feb 26, 1936 Ludvig Anderson of Swedeburg purchased the tractor from the Farmers Co-op at Ceresco.  It was the primary tractor for the first few years on the farm of Lud with his brother, Oscar.  Lud bought a styled "A" in the early 40's and this one became Oscar's tractor.  It shared work and helped teach Lud's son, LeRoy, how to drive.

Rubber became popular after WWII, so this "A" was taken to Ceresco for a conversion.  The rubber was very pleasant on those 4-mile trips between fields.  Another rookie driver, Lud's 5-year-old grandson, Leonard (the current owner) drove it home from the rubber conversion.

One day, the story goes that Leonard nearly knocked Lud off the hay wagon when he was jerking the clutch.  Lud's response was classic.  "If you can't learn to do better, I'll go home and get the horses; they know what they are doing."

Lud and LeRoy kept the "A" busy farming until 1963 when Lud retired and LeRoy went to work in town. They moved to Wahoo and took the tractor to put it into semi-retirement.  Lud passed in 1973 and left the tractor to Leonard.  Some city cousins used the tractor to pull themselves out when they got stuck, but failed to drain the water and the block froze.  After which, the tractor sat outside and began to deteriorate.  Leonard worked at McClymont Implement in Holdrege for a time and then Welch Implement in York where the tractor sat...waiting to be restored.

Leonard's brother-in-law, Dennis in Indianola, Iowa brought the machine back to life for Leonard in 2011. It immediately went to the Wessels Living History Farms Tractor and Engine Show.  Great timing!  Leonard says the '35 "A" now has a new companion in a JD "L" manure spreader.   Leonard says it's quite appropriate the a retired salesman has the implement best suited to represent him.

The tractor is now used for parties, fairs, parades, tractor shows and other events for old timers.  The article states the tractor has had a good life, is happy to be born and John Deere and has been able to spend all it's years with the same family!

Great story, Leonard!  Thanks for sharing with us.  Check the photos. Especially the one with Lud in the field planting.   Also check our events listings.  See you next time! - Joe

Lud planting during it's first year with the Andersons.
Leonard with his wife, Jeanne.

With Dennis Moural after he brought the "A" back to life.

The A's new job of carting fans around in manure spreaders.

Events- 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.
1920 Threshing Crew
2016-01-17T04:28

Hi gang.  Had an interesting email from Barrett Young featuring his great-grandfather who was part of a threshing crew.  Details are below.


The end of the Cascade Threshing Company run in 1920. The company was organized in 1919 with the following members: Dick Kirchhoff, John Dill, Ben Gibson, Herman Mitchel, Earl Towle, Chris Johnson, William Dettmer, Andrew Olsen, and Paul E. Gerard.

This 25 horse power Reeves Engine, water wagon, and 36x56 Aultman-Taylor separator were purchased in 1919, second hand, in the Tekamah, Nebraska vicinity. After using one year, the separator was discarded and a new 36x56 Minneapolis separator, shown in this picture, was purchased.

Pulling 9-16 inch plows in the Tekamah Gumbo Bottoms. The engine was a cross compound equipped for plowing. It had heavy gears, each traction wheel was 3 feet wide, the front wheels, each 16 inches wide. A 3 inch siphoning hose, carried over the cab when not in use, enabled the engine to take water from the water wagon on the move. 2 side tanks and a rear tank under the coal bunk would hold over a ton of coal. It took about 3-12 barrel tanks of water to fill the boiler, the supply tanks and the water wagon, a ton of coal, everything greased, a good hot fire, and the engine was ready to roll. The engine weighed 15 tons empty.

William Dettmer, (kneeling and holding the collie mascot) Max, was the separator man; John Kirchhoff, the water-boy and by the front wheel, Paul Gerard, engineer.

Thanks, Barrett! Click on the picture of a closer look.  More classic Deere's from the York area coming up next week! - Joe





Events- 

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings area. Go to pvama.org for more info. 

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.
8NCredible-World's Fastest Tractor
2016-01-09T04:26

Welcome back, friends!  Ran across this last week.  Thought you would enjoy it.  This article came from The Country Today.

A 1952 Ford 8N trac­tor, named the “8NCred­i­ble,” has taken the ti­tle of world’s fastest farm trac­tor, reach­ing a speed of 96.3185 mph and break­ing a trac­tor land-speed record that stood for 80 years.

The flat­head Ford V8-pow­ered trac­tor, built and driven by Jack Dono­hue of Fletcher, N.C., set the record at a sanc­tioned land-speed event in Septem­ber held on a con­crete land­ing strip in Wilm­ing­ton, Ohio, known as the “Ohio Mile.”


Jack Donohue’s 1952 8N tractor set the land-speed record for tractors in September with a speed of 96.3185 mph at a sanctioned event in Wilmington, Ohio. (The Country Today)

Dono­hue’s 63-year-old trac­tor, pow­ered by a 1953 Ford flat­head V8, topped a record set in 1935 by David Ab­bott “Ab” Jenk­ins, a renowned land-speed driver. In Au­gust of that year, Jenk­ins crossed Utah’s Bon­neville Salt Flats at 67.677 mph on a 1932 Al­lis Chalmers Model U.

“Jenk­ins’ trac­tor was pretty much bare bones,” Dono­hue said. “So we used the old flat­head V8 be­cause it was an op­tion on the 8N and (al­lowed us to) stay with as much of the orig­i­nal stock trac­tor as we pos­si­bly could. Of course, to­day the safety rules stip­u­late a whole list of equip­ment you have to in­stall (eg. roll bars, pa­ram­e­ter chas­sis, fire ex­tin­guisher gear, etc.), which re­ally weighs the ma­chine down.

Dono­hue said bad weather in north­west­ern Utah re­sulted in poor rac­ing sur­face con­di­tions two years in a row, which forced many com­peti­tors, in­clud­ing him, to com­pete this year at Wilm­ing­ton’s famed “Ohio Mile” in­stead of at Bon­neville.

“Looks like we topped Ab Jenk­ins’ speed to­day, along with all those out there claim­ing to have the world’s fastest trac­tor at 80 miles an hour,” Dono­hue said af­ter the event. “I think those cats are gonna have to get up and get their chores done a lit­tle ear­lier, maybe try an older trac­tor.”

Dono­hue has a back­ground in farm­ing and is a for­mer NASCAR driver and car builder. Dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view at his Fletcher, N.C., shop, Dono­hue talked a lit­tle about his up­bring­ing and his 8NCred­i­ble, but es­pe­cially about his ad­mi­ra­tion of Jenk­ins.

“I was raised on a dairy farm and grew up on an 8N,” Dono­hue said. “In fact, that was the first thing I ever drove. Dur­ing the years I was in pro­fes­sional rac­ing, I re­stored a few 8N trac­tors, even con­verted some to V8s as a hobby. I en­joyed it so much that I de­cided when I re­tired from NASCAR, I might try to go af­ter the Jenk­ins trac­tor record with a rac­ing ver­sion of an 8N.”

Dono­hue said few peo­ple, in­clud­ing to­day’s pro­fes­sional racers, know much about Ab Jenk­ins or his records.

“For­get Clark Kent — Ab Jenk­ins will al­ways be Su­per­man to me,” Dono­hue said. “I ad­mit, I’m very proud of the trac­tor record, but it’s only one of many that Jenk­ins holds and this is al­most 60 years af­ter his pass­ing.”

Dono­hue said he plans to re­turn to the Ohio mile in the spring to try to eclipse the 100-mph bar­rier with his 8N, which he said he be­lieves with a few me­chan­i­cal re­fine­ments could be done.

He also plans to en­ter his trac­tor at the Au­gust 2016 Speed­week at the Bon­neville Salt Flats; a dry-lake run at El Mi­rage, Calif., in Septem­ber; and the “Texas Mile “ in Beeville, Texas, in Oc­to­ber. All are sanc­tioned world land-speed-record events .

In ad­di­tion to his 2016 rac­ing stops, Dono­hue is sched­uled to ap­pear with his 8NCred­i­ble at var­i­ous agri­cul­tural events and farm equip­ment shows across the coun­try.

Events-

June 10-11,  All Nebraska Tractor Drive. Hastings Area. Go to pvama.org for more info.

June 4-12, 5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.
1966 JD 2510 Diesel Powershift Hi-Crop
2016-01-01T06:36

Hello friends!  Over the holidays, I had the pleasure to visit local collector Steve Just of Funk, Ne.  Steve has been an avid collector of JD machines for a number of years.  One very cool part of his collection is a 1966 2510 Diesel Powershift Hi-Crop.  This tractor is 1 of 29 produced and was delivered to Brentwood, California.  One of the photos contains a reproduction decal of the dealership where the tractor was sold. 

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Steve about all things John Deere and his many adventures collecting tractors over the years.  Click on the photos for a closer look.  Happy New Year!  Keep those entries coming to our addresses above. - Joe







Events-


June 4-12-5th Annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Beatrice to Scottsbluff.  For more info, go to
                     antiquefarming.org.

Watch for info coming soon on a new Tractor Ride coming to Central Nebraska this summer!
 
Merry Christmas!
2015-12-24T10:54

Here's hoping Santa brings a grain cart full of presents for you this year.  Enjoy family and friends and don't forgot to send us your photos of classic iron for next year!  Remember the Reason for the Season and have a very Merry Christmas! - Joe










1979 John Deere 4440
2015-12-14T01:39

Welcome back to our blog!  We are getting to a time where some "newer" model tractors that see a lot of work yet are being restored.  Such is the case with this JD 4440 recently redone in the Eustis, Ne area.

Riley Kort sent me a very descriptive email with photos from their process of turning this "Iron Horse" into a beauty once again.  Here's Riley in his own words...

"Hello River Country! (Referring to KRVN-FM The River)  Scott Rupe from rural Eustis, Nebraska recently purchased a 1979 4440 John Deere tractor from your local John Deere dealer Landmark Implement.  Knowing it needed a little work, he began making a check list on what had to be done. The tractor didn't need very much work mechanically.  Scott replaced the intake and exhaust manifold gaskets and that was about it as far as the mechanical side of it goes. The tack that was in the tractor when Scott purchased it read 1459 hours."


"Then came the cosmetics.  With a couple 12 packs of Busch Light, Scott quickly convinced his long time friend, Ryan Kort to help him paint the tractor.  After a few long nights sanding and priming the tractor was ready for some new green.  Rupe also decided to order a new decal kit, which was put on after the paint job was finished.  Once the paint was on, Scott began redoing the upholstery. He put a new cab kit and seat in and touched up a few little things.  He also added his signature touch of painting the side screens black."

"Scott also did a few other things to the old 4440, including: a new quick hitch, new LED lights, door seals, and serviced it."

"Once the tractor was loaded up and ready to head to the farm, we were about 6 miles out of Gothenburg before we blew a tire on the trailer.  Having no jack, we unloaded the 4440 and used it as a jack, lifting the trailer with the loader. Scott and his family were very pleased with the final product. They would like to thank everyone who helped with the restoration of their 1979 4440 John Deere tractor."

Beautiful job!  Take a closer look by clicking on the photos below.  Thanks, guys! -Joe














1943 Myers Du-All Sprayer
2015-12-06T04:26

Hi vintage iron lovers.  While at the Gateway Farm Expo, I ran into Jerry McKean of Kearney who had this very cool set-up on display.  Jerry told me his dad owned this Myers Du-All sprayer since 1945 and used it on potatoes.  There were quite a few potatoes grown in the Platte Valley at that time.

Jerry restored it and painted the lettering on "as best he could" using some old photos.  He also told me the JD "B" is not the one his dad had, but just like the one he used to pull the sprayer with.  Thanks, Jerry!