Tractor of the Week
Email submissions to: Joe Gangwish, or to: Tractors c/o KRVN, Box 880, Lexington, Ne 68850.
1941 McCormick W-6 Standard
2014-07-21T07:02

Welcome to our blog, classic iron fans! It's a hot one outside while I type this, so spend some time under the a/c while you enjoy this week's blog entry.

This week's tractor is from a couple of old iron collectors I've know for quite a while and I'm sure some of you know them, too.  Ernie and Jonathan Fiene of Elwood, Ne have taken part in several tractor drives, shows, pulls...you name it.  They own 85 classic tractors all together!  Here is just one from their classic collection.  A 1941 McCormick W-6 Standard.  This photo was taken at the Bertrand Antique Tractor Pull recently.

Keep those entries coming! - Joe

(L-R) Jonathan and Ernie Fiene of Elwood and Johnson Lake
Events-
July 21-23-Tractor Show at Phelps County Fair.  Call Dennis Nelson at 308-991-7719.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.  Tractor Ride on Friday.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair.
Aug 23- Campbell Tractor Ride.  Call Nelson Trambly at 402-746-3810 or Larry Holmberg at 402-746-2744 for more info.
Aug 30-Sep 1-Old Trusty Days-Clay Center, Ne
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, Ks
1948 Ford 8N
2014-07-14T06:02

Hi tractor lovers.  A little late this week, but the new early shift on 880 has pushed my schedule back just a little. This week's machine was mailed in to us by Eugene Pracht of Broken Bow.

The picture is of Eugene on the Ford 8N he bought in 1948.  There was a ration on tractors at that time so he borrowed the money from his dad to pay for it.  It was used as the main tractor in a farming operation near Westerville, Nebraska.

When the farm was sold in 1960, a cousin bought it and kept it until about 1993 when Howard bought it back.  It was needed a few repairs, so in 1995 he removed the sheet metal and painted it.  They now use it to hay with doing the mowing and raking.  That's Howard sitting on the tractor.

Thanks, Howard!  Click on the picture for a closer look.  Don't forget to check our list of events below! - Joe






Events-
July 19-Heartwell Annual Plow Day. Near Heartwell at 43 Road and "N". Call Larry Muller for more info. 308-563-3231.
July 21-23-Tractor Show at Phelps County Fair.  Call Dennis Nelson at 308-991-7719.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.  Tractor Ride on Friday.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair.
Aug 23- Campbell Tractor Ride.  Call Nelson Trambly at 402-746-3810 or Larry Holmberg at 402-746-2744 for more info.
Aug 30-Sep 1-Old Trusty Days-Clay Center, Ne
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, Ks
1960 John Deere 530
2014-07-07T01:38

Hello, folks!  I hope you had a great 4th weekend.  We have found another method you can use to submit pictures for our little tractor blog here.  Greg Wolfe of Indianola, Nebraska text me some photos to use this week of his 1960 530 John Deere.  (If you would like to text me, just call 308-324-5454 and we'll swap cell phone numbers)

Greg says he picked this little beauty up in Norfolk, Ne and did the full restoration himself.  Complete with new wiring harness, gauges, tires, and paint!  Nice job, Greg.  What a beautiful tractor!   Greg says it ran pretty well when he got it.  Check out the photos below.

Keep those entries coming and we'll see you next week. - Joe









July 12-GCA Days, St. Paul, NE. Parade at 10 a.m., Tractor Events/Games starting at 1 p.m.
July 12- North-South Solomon Antique Plow Day-Ron Boxum Farm Near Lebanon, KS. Call Junior VanderGeisen at 785-282-0591 for more info.
July 19-Heartwell Annual Plow Day. Call Larry Muller for more info. 308-563-3231.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.  Tractor Ride on Friday.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair.
Aug 23- Campbell Tractor Ride.  Call Nelson Trambly at 402-746-3810 or Larry Holmberg at 402-746-2744 for more info.
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, KS

Happy 4th of July!
2014-07-02T10:32

Hi gang!  Taking a break this week, but wanted to bring you some red, white and blue machines to celebrate our independence!   Enjoy the parades and such this weekend and snap some photos for our blog while you are at it.  You can send them to the addresses above.

We have a real nice JD 530 for you next week.  Happy 4th of July! - Joe




Events-
July 4-Antique tractors needed to pull trolleys for Seward July 4th Celebration.  Call Brad at 402-641-5738 if interested.
July 12-GCA Days, St. Paul, NE. Parade at 10 a.m., Tractor Events/Games starting at 1 p.m.
July 12- North-South Solomon Antique Plow Day-Ron Boxum Farm Near Lebanon, KS. Call Junior VanderGeisen at 785-282-0591 for more info.
July 19-Heartwell Annual Plow Day. Call Larry Muller for more info. 308-563-3231.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.  Tractor Ride on Friday.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair.
Aug 23- Campbell Tractor Ride.  Call Nelson Trambly at 402-746-3810 or Larry Holmberg at 402-746-2744 for more info.
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, KS

1962 Farmall 560 Diesel
2014-06-23T08:37

We had a great time at the Annevar Antique Tractor Pull Friday night in Ravenna even though we were rained out. We had a good number of tractors for the first year for the event.  Thanks to Russ Horst for putting it together.  We'll see you next year!

Speaking of Russ, let's feature his tractor on our blog this week.  Russ just finished restoring his 1962 IH 560 Diesel. I didn't get a chance to snap a pulling picture Friday night since mother nature rained us out before his weight class.  I'll try to have some more details on what work went into restoring this nice looking 560.   Thanks, Russ.

Keep sending us your classic tractors!  We always have room to fit you into our lineup.  We need a fresh tractor each week so keep 'em coming! Email link and mailing address is above. - Joe



Events-
June 28-Cortland Antique Tractor Show, Cortland, NE.  Call 402-429-2480 for more info.
June 29-Bertrand Tractor Drive (before the pull). Leaving fairgrounds at 8:30. Registration at 8:00.
June 29-Bertrand Antique Tractor Pull.  Southeast side of town near the rodeo arena.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
July 4-Antique tractors needed to pull trolleys for Seward July 4th Celebration.  Call Brad at 402-641-5738 if interested.
July 12-GCA Days, St. Paul, NE. Parade at 10 a.m., Tractor Events/Games starting at 1 p.m.
July 12- North-South Solomon Antique Plow Day-Ron Boxum Farm Near Lebanon, KS. Call Junior VanderGeisen at 785-282-0591 for more info.
July 19-Heartwell Annual Plow Day. Call Larry Muller for more info. 308-563-3231.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.  Tractor Ride on Friday.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair.
Aug 23- Campbell Tractor Ride.  Call Nelson Trambly at 402-746-3810 or Larry Holmberg at 402-746-2744 for more info.
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, KS
1956 John Deere Model 80
2014-06-17T09:35

Hi folks.  Sorry this post is a day late. Was an active day here at the network with all the weather happening around the area.  Please pray for the folks in Pilger, Ne as well as folks all around our region who suffered damage.

This week's machine was on the South Central Tractor Drive near Alma the first of this month.  Larry Dennis of Kensington, KS drove it from his place to Alma to participate.  This 80 is a '56 model and came from Brush, Colorado.  Larry told me he bought it in pieces and reassembled it at his place. The only this missing was the head on the motor and he found one at Bridgeport, NE from an old 830 which worked fine.

If you notice the plate on the front.  That is for pushing his friend, Bob Davis, on his small JD H with a "push trailer" behind it carrying a truck transmission on his PTO.  It can't quite make it up the hills without downshifting, so Larry kindly pushes Bob up the hills.

Thanks for looking!  Keep those tractors coming. My contact info is above. - Joe




June 20, Annevar Antique Tractor Pull-On the pull track at Annevar Park in Ravenna at 5 p.m. Call Russ Horst for more info.  308-390-2616. 
June 21-Antique Tractor Drive-Cowles, Ne.
June 20-Custer County Tractor Ride, Broken Bow, Ne. Call Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 for more info.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
July 4-Antique tractors needed to pull trolleys for Seward July 4th Celebration.  Call Brad at 402-641-5738 if interested. 
July 12, North-South Solomon Antique Plow Day-Ron Boxum Farm Near Lebanon, KS. Call Junior VanderGeisen at 785-282-0591 for more info.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair. 
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, KS
1965 Minneapolis-Moline G705 Diesel
2014-06-09T09:19

Hello, tractor friends!  I'm back from two tractor rides last week.  Wow, so much work goes into putting these rides together.  Too many names to mention, but let me thank all the folks that helped with the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska and the South Central Antique Tractor Drive.  I rode from Red Cloud to Arapahoe on TRAN and then back to Alma for SCATD on Saturday.  Great scenery along the Republican. The final donation from TRAN for Operation Comfort Warrior through the American Legion was close to $4,500.  That's great!

Today's tractor comes from my first day of TRAN as we pulled into Franklin for lunch.  John McNiff owns this 1965 Minneapolis-Moline G705 Diesel.  John told me this was the last year they made them. It was originally sold at Riverton, Nebraska. John said he's the 3rd or 4th owner and he used it to cut stalks this last fall.  From what I saw from my tractor seat, it still runs great.  Thanks, John!

We have some more great tractors on the way in the coming weeks including a John Deere 60 and an IH 560 Diesel.  See you down the road! - Joe





One more thing, folks.  Brad Bowen from Seward got a hold of me and would like to have some antique tractors show up to help pull their trolleys at their annual 4th of July Celebration.  They have 5 trolleys each year, they run from 9 -3:30 and 5-7—transporting visitors from north Seward parking lots to downtown and then back again later in the day.  The  trolleys have a 2” ball hitch.  The route is set and no parking on one side of the street the entire route for ease of use.  15 gallons fuel is donated to each tractor.    Generally 3 or 4 total shifts of about 2 hours each. Call 402-641-5738 for more info.

Events
June 14-Plum Creek Days Parade, Lexington. 308-324-5504
June 14-Antique Tractor Show, Orscheln Farm & Home-Grand Island. Call store for more details. 
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL!
June 20, Annevar Antique Tractor Pull-On the pull track at Annevar Park in Ravenna at 5 p.m. Call Russ Horst for more info.  308-390-2616. 
June 21-Antique Tractor Drive-Cowles, Ne.
June 20-Custer County Tractor Ride, Broken Bow, Ne. Call Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 for more info.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
July 4-Antique tractors needed to pull trolleys for Seward July 4th Celebration.  Call Brad at 402-641-5738 if interested. 
July 12, North-South Solomon Antique Plow Day-Ron Boxum Farm Near Lebanon, KS. Call Junior VanderGeisen at 785-282-0591 for more info.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.
Aug 22-Sep 1-Tractors on display at the Nebraska State Fair. 
September 20, "The Way They Were" Antique Tractor Show, Poker Run & Pull-Smith Center, KS

1928 JD GP with mouted mower
2014-06-02T06:54

I hope everyone had some rain?!  We had about 1 1/2" across the Platte Valley Sunday and it sure was nice. Things sure are heating up as far as the weather AND activities for us classic tractor fans.  Don't forget to check our calendar below for what's coming up.

It's always very cool to see a classic tractor with a classic implement attached from the same era.  Don Harding of Cambridge has just this type of set-up.  Thanks to Don for sending in photos of his 1928 John Deere GP tractor with mounted mower which he says is unique!

"1928 was the first year both the mower and the tractor were manufactured.  Before this, John Deere produced ground driven mowers.  The mower has no model number.  It was simply called  the "tractor mower" and was made in 1928 and 1929.  It was produced to be used only on the GP tractor.

The mower is shown in the book, John Deere Tractor and Equipment, Volume 1, pages 44 and 256.  I would be interested in knowing if there are other mowers like this in the area."

Can anyone help Don out?  If you know of any other mowers like this, please contact me here on the blog and I will let Don know.  Unfortunately, a lot of this old iron got scrapped as the years went by.  You have a very unique piece, Don.  Great job!

Please send us photos of the classic iron at your place you are proud of.  Just email me from the link at the top of the blog, or mail some photos to the physical address above.  It's Tractor Relay Across Nebraska week so I'm hoping to catch some good photos along the way.  Until next time! - Joe






May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 14-Plum Creek Days Parade, Lexington. 308-324-5504
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL!
June 20, Annevar Antique Tractor Pull-On the pull track at Annevar Park in Ravenna at 5 p.m. Call Russ Horst for more info.  308-390-2616. 
June 20-Custer County Tractor Ride, Broken Bow, Ne. Call Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 for more info.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.  Featuring Hart-Parr/Oliver/White tractors this year.





Belarus Tractors UPDATE
2014-05-19T01:12

May 27 UPDATE  I knew I would find some Belarus owners out there if I featured them on our blog!  Thanks to Dennis Pfeil of Doniphan, Ne for sending pictures of their Belarus tractors they use on their farm.  Dennis says in the mid-1990's, they purchased their first one which was the 532 which they put on a Westendorf loader.  Dennis says it has 6000 hours and they still use it daily.  He says a year later, they purchased an 825 and a year after that, another 825.  Both have 3000 hours.   Dennis says they are very reliable, but lack modern conveniences.  Dennis adds they also have several AC tractors on their farm including a 7060.  Plus an Agco 7600 and an 8630. 

Thanks for the photos, Dennis.  They are pictured below.



Keep your entries coming for our little classic tractor blog we have here. 'Tis the season get those tractors out, so keep the pictures coming!

I was driving by an old Belarus tractor dealership yesterday and it got me to thinking.  There are quite a few of those little orange tractors still hanging around the country and working on farms and acreages. Here's some history and a little about what they are up to today.

At the end of World War II, agricultural infrastructure in the Soviet Union (USSR) was in a poor state, production of agricultural machinery having been non existent during the later years of the War. Those tractors and machinery still working on the Large Collective Farms were tired from heavy use and also dated, most having been produced in the early 1930s or earlier. At best these tractors were unreliable and were poorly maintained. The Communist state ordered new tractors to be made at several locations within the USSR, the main assembly plant for MTZ being in Minsk, Belarus, with smaller tractors being produced in other locations, while other factories produced high-horsepower articulated and tracked tractors. All these tractors were exported under the name "Belarus" but were of a different design to each other. Within the Eastern bloc the tractors had no paint scheme, they were simply painted the same colour all over, red, green and blue being the most common. In the late 1980s Belarus tractors gained a paint livery of cream/white, cream wheels, with a red chassis, this remained until the late 1990s when it changed to red with a black chassis and cream wheels (later silver). A green alternative to the red was available for some markets during the 2000s (decade). While blue with a black chassis is currently the livery for the more basic 2wd cabless models.

Up to the 1950s MTZ had not produced wheeled tractors, tracked crawler tractors being more common. These early tractors were essentially re-claimed tanks, with the gun turret removed and a flatbed, winch, crane or dozer blade added, the tractors seeing more use on land reclamation and forestry applicaions rather than agriculture. This was largely due to the tanks being unsuitable for large scale culitivation as their engine, transmission and track reliability was poor due to them not being designed for pulling loads for long periods as required in agriculture. New designs were put into production during 1950 and the new MTZ wheeled tractor was born. These tractors were built to the three main concepts of Soviet engineering- reliability, simplicity and value for money.

During the cold war, Belarus Tractors, sold in western markets were infamous for their low quality compared to western manufacturers. The Soviets inability to build tractors came to symbolize the failure of Communism in the 1980s and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Often the tractor factories could not obtain quality materials and made-do with inferior components. The quality of rubber seals, gaskets and paint was particularly poor in the early 1990s. The Belarus name suffered much during this time, but with more investment in the late 1990s-2000s (decade) the name has bounced back, and now offer a high quality product that meets both European and North American standards.

In 2010, distribution of Belarus tractors in USA and Canada was re-established through a local distributor MTZ Equipment Ltd. One of the contributing factors was the fact that the factory started making tractors with compression ignition diesel engines matching the current emissions standards, including Tier 3/4i/4 (USA/Canada) and Euro 3a, 3b, 4 (Europe).

In February 2014, the MTZ brand made its first appearance at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, with the MTZ 1220 tractor model.  (Courtesy of Wikipedia)




 If you have a Belarus tractor on your place, send us a photo!  See you next week. - Joe


May 31-Antique Tractor Show at Arnold, Ne. Mills Hardware. Call 308-848-2515.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 14-Plum Creek Days Parade, Lexington. 308-324-5504
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL!
June 20, Annevar Antique Tractor Pull-On the pull track at Annevar Park in Ravenna at 5 p.m. Call Russ Horst for more info.  308-390-2616. 
June 20-Custer County Tractor Ride, Broken Bow, Ne. Call Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 for more info.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
Farmall H Pipe Packer
2014-05-12T09:28


Hello tractor lovers!  Hope you avoided the severe weather across the area this past weekend? Please keep those hit by the storms in your prayers.  This week's machine is another nice feature from Jim Lewis as he traveled the country.


This particular tractor is along a roadside in southern Illinois.  They had chance to visit with the owner and he said its a Farmall H built to specs at the factory by request of the original owner.  It's original use was for packing buried pipe in Louisiana.  Jim tells us the rear wheels and the tank were filled with water for more weight. 


If you have a tractor built with different specs or you have one in your collection you are particularly proud of, please let us feature it here on our blog!  My email address is at the top.  Or you can mail them in to Tractors, c/o KRVN, Box 880, Lexington, NE  68850.   Keep those events coming, too! - Joe


May 18-Tractor Drive, Pleasanton, Ne.-Grace Lutheran Church-Noon lunch with ride to follow.
Call 308-388-2040 or 308-627-6200 to RSVP.
May 31-Antique Tractor Show at Arnold, Ne. Mills Hardware. Call 308-848-2515.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 14-Plum Creek Days Parade, Lexington. 308-324-5504
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL!
June 20, Annevar Antique Tractor Pull-On the pull track at Annevar Park in Ravenna at 5 p.m. Call Russ Horst for more info.  308-390-2616. 
June 20-Custer County Tractor Ride, Broken Bow, Ne. Call Jeanette Denson at 308-872-6303 for more info.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
Support Your Local Tractor Drive
2014-05-05T09:26

Hi gang.  Wow, where are the days going?!  As I was helping lay out the plans for the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska yesterday, I couldn't believe how fast it is approaching! So, lets take some time to talk about some of the rides coming up which you can see below in our calendar of events.



The photo from above is from the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride sponsored by our sister stations of KTIC AM/FM in West Point.  If you want to have a lot of fun and see some pretty country, the folks at KTIC do it right!  This year the ride will focus around the city of Wayne.  Unfortunately, the ride is full, but some folks do drop out so get your name on the list in case a spot opens up!  The contact info is below.



Another really cool ride coming up later this month already is TRAN or the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska.  Take in a few segments of the ride or the whole state!  Traveling the southern part of Nebraska this year.  The link for more info is below.  Photo above is when we pulled into Wood River, NE last year.


A fun local drive that has sprung up is the South Central Tractor Drive Saturday, June 7 in Alma. John Howsden and Gary Metzger founded this ride and it's turned into quite an event!  Plenty of room to bring your tractor this year!  Beginning from the Alma CHS elevator that Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

If you have an event coming up, please let us know and we'll talk about it here!   Hoope to see you on one of this year's ride/drives! - Joe

Saturday, May 31st-  Antique Tractor Show at Arnold, Ne. Mills Hardware. Call 308-848-2515.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL! 
June 20th, Annevar Antique Tractor Pull-On the pull track at Annevar Park in Ravenna at 5 p.m. Call Russ Horst for more info.  308-390-2616. 
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
Farmall Super M on steel
2014-04-28T09:15

It's another Monday, folks and time for another tractor for out little blog.   Hope you got some much needed moisture the last couple of day.  I got my corn planted over the weekend.  Granted, I only have 1.5 acres of it.  But, hey, I'm done!  Now on with this week's entry.

Thanks to Jim Lewis for this Super M on an Amish sale from Northern Kentucky. Jim says it's on steel wheels because they don't believe in balloon tires.  I've often heard stories of some Amish farmers using horses to pull their new planters. It's unknown if they were made locally.  Many of you have also seen pictures of the John Deere 30 Series tractors from the late 50's when you could still order them on steel.  This old Super M would be a neat old tractor to have.  Thanks, Jim!


Events  
Sunday May 4th-  Tractor drive at Max, Nebraska.  1:00 P.M. MDT  Call Jim Russell 308-289-6135 for details.
Saturday, May 31st-  Antique Tractor Show at Arnold, Ne. Mills Hardware. Call 308-848-2515.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL! 
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.

Oliver 1900 FWA Project
2014-04-20T07:42

Hey all!  I'm filling in for Mike LePorte on the network most of this week so I'm getting a head-start on the blog.  Hope you had a very blessed Easter and were able to think about the great gift which Sunday symbolizes.

Just a quick entry this week.  Our friend Charlie Linder of Loomis sent me a quick picture of a recent purchase which he calls a "new project".  He wouldn't offer up any more details (believe me I tried), but it looks to be a 1900 Oliver Diesel with FWA. Possibly a Detroit Diesel.  We'll get some more info as he makes progress.  Charlie already has the cab off as he begins to work on it.

Send us your projects or finished products!  I would imagine as the weather gets warmer you are out and about having fun with your toys.  Send us your pics to the addresses above. Until next week! - Joe



Events  
Sunday May 4th-  Tractor drive at Max, Nebraska.  1:00 P.M. MDST  Call Jim Russell 308-289-6135 for details.
Saturday, May 31st-  Antique Tractor Show at Arnold, Ne. Mills Hardware. Call 308-848-2515.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 13-14, Great Nebraska Tractor Ride-KTIC Radio-Wayne, Ne 402-372-5423 RIDE IS FULL! 
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
Larsen Tractor Test Museum
2014-04-14T09:04

Hello iron lovers! What a weekend weather-wise, huh?  70's on Saturday and a blizzard on Sunday here in Central Nebraska. I hope many of you take some time to send us entries for our tractor blog.  My email/mail box here at KRVN is feeling unloved.  We'd love to feature your tractor!  Addresses are above on this page.

I hope you had a chance to visit the Open House at the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum on Saturday.  It looked like a wonderful time!  They are making some improvements to the museum according to UNL.  "Since becoming the manager of exhibits in 2012, Lance Todd has organized an update of the East Campus museum. The new direction -- which includes a mission to showcase tractors that were innovative and/or actually tested at the UNL facility -- has allowed Todd to open up the museum's limited space and advance an industrialized design theme.

"In my first year here, my goal was to figure out what we have in the museum's collection that is important and better define the mission of the museum," Todd said. "Now, we are working to feature the important stories this museum should tell, showcasing things you will not see at other ag-related museums."
The updated mission is on display in a new exhibit that showcases an SC-Case tractor tested at UNL and an Oliver 60 with a unique decorative design. The exhibit shows both tractors as if they were stored for many years in a grassy area behind a barn -- a realistic setting that breaks from the museum's traditional display of tractors parked inside the historic Nebraska Tractor Test building.
"The Oliver from the 1940s is one of the earliest models that features a stylish, modern design. It really wasn't until the late 1970s that other tractor designs became similar," Todd said. "The Case tractor was one that was officially tested and stayed at UNL. It became a utility tractor that was used for many, many campus projects."
Thanks to Troy Fedderson of UNL for that write-up.  Below is a photo of one of the upgraded displays.  The museum is located Northeast of 35th and Fair Streets on UNL's East Campus. Their hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free but they accept donations.  See you next week!  And, don't forget to listen for "Talkin' Tractors" with Joe and Dave on 880 Radio. - Joe

 
Photo: Troy Fedderson, UNL



Tractor Test Car Display at Museum. Courtesy of UNL


 Events  
Sunday May 4th-  Tractor drive at Max, Nebraska.  1:00 P.M. MDST  Call Jim Russell 308-289-6135 for details.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
Menn Collection Auction
2014-04-07T10:41

Hey tractor lovers! I can tell you I had a blast last week at a classic collector auction and just had to share some photos on our blog.  (By the way, we still need fresh entries for our Tractor of the Week so keep on sending in photos)

I had a chance to attend the Menn Classic John Deere Auction in Fremont, Ne last and boy did we see some great classic JD tractors, literature, toys and various collectibles. Roger & Debbie Menn had been collecting for quite some time and were auctioning off quite a bit of their collection.  I won't go into price detail on what things sold for.  You can find that on the Girard Auction website if you do a search.  I can tell you I was sitting next to a collector from Indiana who paid over $70,000 on 3 tractors.  Selling was everything from a 3020D High-Crop Powershift to a 4020 LP Standard Powershift.  The biggest draw was probably the three 2520 Diesel Powershifts with consecutive serial numbers!  They ended up selling as sisters and brought a nice price. Also among the featured items was a 4020 Syncro with FWA. I would say there were some bargains if you did some hunting.  Kicking myself I didn't bid on a couple more than I did.  But, as a friend says, "welcome to the auction"!  I'll quit talking and leave you with some photos.  See you next week! - Joe








Events  
Sunday May 4th-  Tractor drive at Max, Nebraska.  1:00 P.M. MDST  Call Jim Russell 308 289 6135 for details.
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
June 26-28-Red Power Roundup, South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron, SD.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.

Intercontinental Tractors
2014-03-31T09:12

Hello iron lovers.  We need some good entries for our blog once again.  My apologies to Howard Uhrich for misplacing his photos of several Farmall's.  With my transition back to the radio station, they were lost in the shuffle!  I'll keep looking.   Please consider emailing or standard mailing me photos of your classic machines tot he addresses above. In the meantime, on with some old iron!

In my search for some history this weekend, I came across Intercontinental tractors.  Seems like lots of folks were manufacturing machines post-WWII.  The following exerts came from Gas Engine Magazine.

 In 1948, Harold J. Silver, a New York business man with connections in Argentina, had obtained a firm order for 3000 tractors there and had a letter of credit guaranteeing payment as soon as they were delivered dockside. The tractors were to be made of components from various sources, including Nateco (National Equipment Company of Texas) tractor base, a Continental Motors Company engine, and a Timken Company transaxle assembly. The bad news was that it was now May, and the contract required delivery by January 1, 1949. Any delay and the sales would probably be lost to established manufacturers. Silver went in search of a supplier. The Republic National Bank of Dallas referred him to Robert F. Yonash, who had listed himself as a business consultant with the bank. Silver hired Yonash to attend a meeting of the project participants to get things organized. The meeting was in a hotel. When Bob got to the room, the meeting participants were yelling at each other so loudly that they couldn’t hear him knocking on the door. Finally, he got in and got things calmed down. When he started asking questions, he found out that there was a mixture of languages in the room, and no one person had enough languages to talk to the entire room. Several people had two or more, so they had to translate for the others.

This meeting eventually led to the tractor that was the foundation for the Intercontinental Manufacturing Company (IMCO). Bob thought it ought to be worth a fat fee to pull this deal out of the fire and turn out a finished product with fairly high volume in seven months. The Intercontinental Manufacturing Company, which at that point existed only in a briefcase, didn't disagree, but their doubts that it could be done were apparent when they scaled back Bob' s salary request and offered him $5 for each tractor delivered on time instead.

Bob managed to get commitments from the suppliers, and then arranged with the Texas Engineering & Manufacturing Company (TEMCO) to do the assembly at its Garland, Texas facility. By October production was flowing smoothly, another 1500 tractors had been sold to Brazil, and the Intercontinental Manufacturing Company was off and running with Silver as President and Yonash as V.P. of Production.

IMCO also produced a diesel version of the tractor, powered by a Buda Engine Co. engine. This was Models D-E and D-F.

Thanks for looking! We'll see you next week! - Joe

Photo: iowahillgal



1955 Oliver Super 77
2014-03-18T08:33

Hey, gang.  The Johnson's from Wilcox, Ne are back this week with their latest restoration project. Heather is the official computer wizard for the Johnson clan so she sent me the pictures.  She tells me this little beauty came with factory fender extensions which are very rare.

Jeremiah and Steve switched out the narrow front-end in favor of a wide-front.  They also added a three-point.  I asked her about the red wheels vs the green wheels like some from that era came with.  She says when the Super series came out, Oliver becan painting the wheels green.  But, farmer owners began complaining that they liked the red better.  So, Oliver went back to the red wheels until the next series when they changed to the meadow green and clover white colors.

Heather says she sent me quite a few pictures to show how they really go to a lot of work when they restore tractors. They certainly do!  Thanks, Heather for sending us your latest project!

If you would like to share your latest venture, (and I know some of you have been busy this past winter) please send me some photos to one of the addresses above.  See you next time! - Joe












1968 John Deere 112 lawn tractor w/ snow blade
2014-03-10T10:59

Hello, gang.  I need to apologize to Tim Lucas.  He submitted these pics to me last month and with my transition back to the radio station, the posting got pushed back a little bit.

Tim says his '68 JD 112 mower with blade isn't big but certainly gets the job done.  It has a 12 h.p. Tecumseh motor.  He's owned it since 1990.  I told Tim hopefully these pictures of him pushing snow will bring warmer temperatures.  Enjoy these photos of him pushing snow and be glad it isn't you!  Click on the pictures for a closer look.

If you have a classic tractor still in use, for field or yard use, pass them along to us at the addresses above!  We always need fresh entries. - Joe





Events 
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.

1955 Ferguson TO-35 "Green Belly"
2014-03-03T08:56

Hello tractor fans! We've got some good entries coming in. This week is no exception.  Larry Holmberg from the Riverton, Ne area sent in this very rare Ferguson tractor he found in Tennessee.

I asked Larry about the green paint job since most Ferguson's were painted grey and blue.  Larry told me these "green belly" Ferguson TO-35's were made for a limited time from Dec 1954 to March of 1955.  Most of them were repainted by the dealers to give them a more modern look as they grew older. Larry found this one on the internet and it was repainted silver and red. When he got it home, he sandblasted it and did the re-paint to it's original grey and dark green colors.  Larry also added new rubber to top-off the restoration. It's amazing how the internet has revolutionized tractor collecting. Larry adds "It sure make you drive further."  I'll agree with that.

If you have driven several miles for a tractor or have one you've restored from your family operation, we'd love to see it!  Just send me photos from the addresses above and we'll feature it on Tractor of the Week. - Joe





Events 
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
Dual Farmall H
2014-02-18T06:31

Hi gang.  Howard Uhrich of Shelton, Ne likes to dabble a little bit when it comes to classic Farmall tractors. Well, he likes to dabble a lot! Thanks to Howard for helping us out on some entries to keep us going the next few weeks.

First up is a 2-engine H which Howard modified in the 1990's.  He says he saw some modified F-20's in a collector magazine that belonged to Harry Lee of Indiana.  One of his tractors had two engines side-by-side and another had 3 engines.  "I thought it would be fun to have a 2-engine H and I wanted to put the extra engine in front.  Each engine has it's own radiator and guages in the hood", says Howard.

Howard said there is a clutch in between the motors which enables it to be driven with just the back motor if desired.  "R.E. Mead Shop in Wood River did the welding for me and made the motor mounts for the front motor and also made the clutch linkage.  It works very well."  Howard says he used it in parades and took it to the Nebraska State Fair & Husker Harvest Days in 2010.  Thanks again, Howard! More from him in the coming weeks. - Joe



Events  
March 2nd-Toy & Craft Show w/ Swap Meet. 9a-3p, St. Libory, Ne. 308-379-2581
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.

Barn Find McCormick-Deering 3-Bottom Plow
2014-02-10T03:56

Hello, all!  Before me move on to this week's cool barn find from Steve Johnson at Wilcox, I have a bit of news to share.  I will be moving back to work at KRVN Radio and the Rural Radio Network in the Farm Broadcast department full-time next week.  Excited to be talking to a lot of you on the air once again!  Now, on to this week's item.

As I mentioned, Steve from Wilcox shared this McCormick-Deering 3-bottom plow with me and was very excited to say it was a "barn find". Steve says he found out this old gentleman neighbor wanted to sell it and when he went to look at it, the dirt had swallowed part of it up past the wheels.  Most items do that the longer they sit in the dirt. However, it still has original paint except for where the Johnson's repainted the wheels. He told me it must have been used one or two seasons before being parked in the barn.  Can you imagine Steve's excitement seeing it with original paint?

If you have an old tractor or piece of machinery you are proud of, email me some pictures to the link above or standard mail it to the KRVN P.O. Box address.  We'd love to feature it! - Joe







Events  
March 2nd-Toy & Craft Show w/ Swap Meet. 9a-3p, St. Libory, Ne. 308-379-2581
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.



Oliver 880 On It's Heels
2014-02-03T01:59

Hello, everyone!  We are back this week and I'm happy to report our latest contributor has loaded me up with a couple of items to keep us blogging through next week.  So a special shout-out to the Johnson family of Wilcox for sharing these photos with me.

I wasn't sure what to make of these next photos when the Johnson's sent them. I was thinking, "There has to be a story behind this little mishap!"  And of course there was.  Once I called Steve Johnson, he told me his grandpa, Oscar A. Johnson, was putting on anhydrous on one of his farms north of Holdrege about 1960.  A bolt broke on the hitch of his 880 Oliver gas burner and up went the front end of the tractor!  Steve told me he was surprised his grandpa took the time to take a couple snapshots of what happened.  We both agreed how lucky he was NOT to have the tractor tip back over on him.

Steve also told me this particular tractor dyno'd higher than any other tractor that dealership had seen.  But, being a gas burner, it burned way too much fuel for his grandpa's liking so they had find a more economical tractor for their farm. 

Coming up next week is a nice barn find implement that belongs to the Johnson's.  Until next week, keep sending those entries to the addresses above!  We love these old vintage photos of tractors in action.-Joe






 Events  
March 2nd-Toy & Craft Show w/ Swap Meet. 9a-3p, St. Libory, Ne. 308-379-2581 
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.
1939 Farmall B
2014-01-21T10:21

Sorry we are a little late this week, but our buddy Joe Herndon from Gothenburg notified me yesterday he had an entry coming for me this week and here it is! 

I had a chance to see Joe's collection of small Farmall tractors at our tractor show last Labor Day Weekend. Joe says, "This project started by my need to have another B.  I used to have a B when I farmed, but sold (it) when I sold my equipment. I've always regreted getting rid of it. So the search
began in November of 2012. I purchased this B at auction in Cozad from the Maack family.  When I brought it home, my neighbor Marc Bartlett stopped by to check it out. He mentioned that he had his Grampa's B sitting in old grainery which had not ran for 5 plus years They had quit using it because of broken pto shaft. He wished he had known I was looking for one."

"I didn't take him serious at the time about selling his until March when I decided I would like to have it as a project.  So, I made a deal with Marc and the last week of April we pulled it over to my shop. Marc kinda laughed and said he would give me until sundown to have it running. Just 15
minutes, some fresh gas and three cranks with the crank and it was running!  One thing that caught my eye was the grill I've not seen on too many B's.  I have my idea on this, but will let the readers have their opinions."

"The first picture was taken last week of April 2013. The finished picture was taken after I was done painting and installing decals the first week of August 2013. The clutch housing was broke so I had to split (the tractor) to replace with one that I found in Delta, Ohio. While I stripped it all down, I was able to sand blast and prime. The front bolster was broke and bronzed. I decided that I would make this tractor travel faster, so I purchased 28" rims instead of original 24". I had to make extensions and then make the bolster on the front 4" longer so it would still set level.  I'm looking forward to some tractor drives now."

Thanks, Joe!  Click on the pictures below for a closer look at his handiwork.  I've seen this tractor travel in a tractor drive and it does quite nicely.  If you have a special project like Joe's you've been working on or tucked away in your shed, share them with us.  Email me or write to one of the addresses above.  See you next week! -Joe











 Events 
March 2nd-Toy & Craft Show w/ Swap Meet. 9a-3p, St. Libory, Ne. 308-379-2581
May 31-June 8-2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. Nebraska City to Haigler.  Call 308-650-1527 or go to http://antiquefarming.org/ for more info.
June 7-South Central Tractor Drive, Alma, Ne.  308-233-4555.
August 16 & 17-Annual PVAMA Show at Crystal Lake Recreation Area-Ayr, Ne.

Tractor Test Waterloo Boy
2014-01-13T03:15

Hello, friends! Glad to have you back. You must be very busy on your current project or still recovering from the holidays. I'm still awaiting more entries for our little blog we have going here. We love to show off machines from your collection.  Let's face it, parades and shows last only a day or so.  This blog is forever!  Please consider sending your entry to one of the addresses above. 

I ran across today's topic while searching around the internet for classic machines during my time off. I ran across an article from UNL regarding the tractor test lab.  I did a video project on the history of the lab as a journalism student at N-U.  I thought the picture below was a neat historical account of that first test.

The University of Nebraska writes, "All tractors tested at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory were certified by their manufacturers as being stock model machines, conforming to specifications filed with the application for test. No special or high-test fuels were used except as recommended by the manufacturer as necessary."

"All results within the official tractor test report were actually attained in tests and are without correction or allowances for friction, temperature, altitude, etc. The results were initially accomplished with the tractor in charge of skilled operators employed by the University."

"Unless otherwise noted, each tractor was apparently in good condition at the end of the testing and there was no evidence of undue wear or of any weakness that might require early repairs. Throughout the entire test, an accurate record was kept of all repairs and adjustments necessary on the tractor...".  They add, "This building was where the first Nebraska Tractor Test was started on March 31st, 1920. It has been designated as a Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. The pioneer tests became worldwide standards."

The Waterloo Boy was the first tractor tested on that early spring day in 1920.  The Tractor Test Museum and the Tractor Test Laboratory are open to the public. Group tours can be arranged through the museum by calling 402-472-8380 or visiting http://tractormuseum.unl.edu.  See you next week! - Joe



Frozen 4020
2014-01-06T01:49

Brrrr.  As I type this, it is 6 degrees above after a low of around -13 this morning (Monday).  I hope everyone is keeping warm.  I don't envy you folks firing up those classic machines to help tend to livestock when its this cold! Thanks for stopping by this week to take a look at our blog.

This week, I'm still waiting for a new entry for our blog. But, I'm working on a cool garden tractor I think you will all enjoy.  As a stand-in, I did a search for a "frozen tractor" and several snow covered tractor pictures came up.  The one below caught my eye because I had seen it one week earlier when my copy of Two-Cylinder Magazine came in the mail. They had quite an article and subsequent pictures about the JD Waterloo Tractor Works at Waterloo, IA.   In the photos were several shots of the test the tractors went through right around 1964.  Below was one of the images of tests on how the tractors performed in sub-zero weather.  In particular, it said this 4020 did quite well, considering it was -20 degrees when they performed tests on the motor, hydraulics, etc. They knew farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin would face bitter cold temperatures and needed the tractor to perform. It reminded me of the bitter cold we saw last night and made a fitting blog entry.

Please keep your entries coming.  Until I win the lottery, I'm unable to buy a tractor each week to keep up legitimate entries every week myself.  Your help is much appreciated.  Thanks for looking and spread the word!  You can reach me at the addresses above.- Joe