Iowa State University Antique Tractor Club Restoration Update

Well another month has gone by and we are happy to share the latest update from the ISU antique tractor club on their restoration. Follow this link to see where they were last time they checked in.

I thought I’d send you some more pictures of the DC.  We’ve got just about everything painted and have started to assemble the tractor.  It came together really quick with all the help from the club members.  We’ve put a lot of long hours in these past few weeks.  It should be running and all together by the end of the week though! Thanks again Steiner for all that you’ve done for our club and helping us be successful! I’ll make sure to send more pictures when the tractor is all done!

 

Thanks,
Ben Link
Sophomore
Vice President of the ISU Antique Tractor Club
Agriculture Systems Technology
Iowa State University

On the Road with Rachel: Mecum Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction

I’ve just returned home from a weekend at the Mecum Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction in Davenport, Iowa. What a blast! Suzette Thomas and I represented Steiner Tractor Parts at the auction on Saturday. We got to meet many of you and make some new friends, too. The Mecum auction is one of the better rare tractor auctions in the country, filled with jaw-dropping finds from all around. Here are some of my favorites from the sale:

MM G706 LP

1962 MM G706 LP with front wheel assist. Here’s a picture with the proud new owners, Everett and Diane Hauert. They have a collection of front wheel assist tractors. While their collection is mostly red (IH), they are certainly excited to welcome this prairie-gold beauty to their collection.

 

IH 1588

This 1974 International 1568 caught my eye as soon as we got on the grounds. How could anyone not notice!? This tractor has a rare V-8 engine and was one of just 862 built. This tractor sold for $36,000 plus the 4% buyer’s premium.

 

John Deere

This John Deere 4520 drew plenty of attention, too. Notice that it has an adjustable front end and a standard wide-swing drawbar. It is a fabulous tractor with the power steering, dual front stacked weights, side council and dual hydraulics. This tractor also has a rockshaft delete (no 3 point hitch). On Saturday, this tractor sold for $25,000 plus a 4% buyer’s premium.

 

Case high clearance

Up next on my list is this 1957 Case 400 Super diesel high clearance. This tractor was one of eight built, making it the lowest production tractor at the auction. This tractor sold for $26,000 plus 4% buyer’s premium to a Case collector in Iowa. He, of course, was excited about his purchase.

 

John Deere 4040 Vegtable

Arguably one of the most rare (and desirable!) tractors at the auction was this John Deere 4040 tractor with a factory convertible front axle. This tractor sold for $24,500 plus 4% buyer’s premium. I forgot to take my own picture at the sale – thanks, Mecum, for lending me yours!

 

 

photoAt the Steiner table we handed out catalogs, our new mini-catalog and Wrenching with Rachel DVDs.  We also held a drawing for a free t-shirt every 15 minutes. I enjoyed meeting many of the Steiner customers and people who watch our tractor repair video series and follow this blog.

If you missed us at this show, don’t worry – there’s a full season ahead! Up next on our calendar is the Gone Farmin’ Nashville 2nd Annual Country Classic Tractor Auction, June 5-6. I hope to see you there!

 

How about you – what tractor events (auctions, shows, etc.) are you looking forward to this season? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

How to Video – Brakes on a John Deere

Do the brakes on your John Deere function improperly? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating the installation of brake linings on a John Deere 520. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel Gingell shows you helpful tips when installing new brakes. Watch as Rachel takes you step by step through the installation and brake adjustment.