Growing up on a dairy farm near Benson, Minnesota, I have always loved tractors. After being discharged from the USAF and then working for the Air Force at Hill AFB as a civilian I took up residence in West Point, Utah
I found my first tractor, a 1949 Farmall H sitting just up the street by an old barn… It had a tree growing up between the frame and engine. I asked the owner about it and he said you can have it. I cut the tree out, towed it home and started tearing it a part. That was May, 1989. After complete restoration, from seat to tires to paint, it was parade ready by September 1990. That started my small collection.
The 1953 Farmall Super C was also found in West Point. The owner also said you can have it. After getting it started, I drove it home. It smoked so bad it looked like a steam engine going down the road. It had car head lights on it which worked. It also took about a year for full restoration.
The 1940 Farmall B was found and bought in southwestern Minnesota during a trip back to see family. It ran but was in very rough condition. I had it shipped to Utah and a full restoration was done.
The 1944 Farmall A was found in the community of West Weber here in Utah. It had been used on a small farm. It ran but needed a lot of work. After purchasing it for a fair price, it was hauled home and a full restoration was completed.
The 1947 Farmall Cub was purchased from a family whose son, a retired Army Sargent, had passed away. The Cub was partially restored but needed help getting it running. It had been in storage for a couple of years. Full restoration was completed and it purrs like a kitten.
All the tractors were restored to original condition and run great. The original owners of the H and Super C drove their “new” old tractor in parades after the restoration. Each owner received a picture of their restored tractor.
I am a member and past president of the Great Basin Antique Machinery Club, EDGE&TA, Branch 95, Ogden, Utah. I also have two 1949 8N Ford tractors and a 1954 John Deere 40 (which I hauled home from Estherville, Iowa), all are fully restored.