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Ford 641 Wearing Law Enforcement Colors

Ford 641 From Rust to Restoration

Ford 641

In 2016 we found this old 1958 Ford 641 on the side of the road, not running and in pretty poor shape. We were able to finally get it up and running replacing most of the main engine parts and tires and we are very proud of how it turned out.

We run a Law Enforcement – Children’s charity called the Police & Kids Foundation and the color scheme is a very bold Black with Thin Blue Line accents to represent law enforcement. The tractor and a 1965 Ford F100 we’re currently working on will be used to educate others about the charity throughout Florida at special events and parades.

Tracey Schofield
Brooksville, Florida

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May Featured Photo

May’s featured photo was submitted
by Bill Luecke of Kansas.
“On March 1st, 2012 I purchased this Oliver 2150 from Richard Kreger in Jetmore, Kansas. This is 1 of only 14 made in this configuration. The tractor is a Wheatland model with a planetary rear axle, 478ci Hercules engine, 130 horsepower, over/under hydraul-shift and has serial number 209290-657. It was very sound mechanically, but very bad cosmetically. I removed the cab and restored it. I repaired the doors, installed all new glass, replaced all the padding and even got the air conditioning working. I sandblasted everything, primed it with epoxy primer and painted it with PPG Essential polyurethane. I put everything back to original as much as possible. In April of 2014, I finished the restoration.”
View all of the winning photos from the
2018 Catalog Photo Contest here.
To see other winning photos that we have previously featured, click here.

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John Deere B and Mount Rushmore

Mount RushmoreMount Rushmore and John Deere

This was my Father’s 1942 John Deere B, serial #100175.

This tractor was purchased new in early 1942 from the Franz tractor dealership in Tomah Wisconsin. It then became the only tractor for many years at Brookside Dairy Farm near Sparta, Wisconsin.

In the Winter of 1966-67 we did not notice there was no oil pressure, from a frozen oil pump while sawing firewood. We locked up the engine. Dad and my brother Marvin junked it in the woods after removing wheels, carb, mag, etc.

It bothered us seeing it in the woods, so out it came in 1993. It had missing parts, animals living in the cases and 10 bullet holes. I said to my Father “This tractor and Mount Rushmore are the same age. God willing it is going to run again and ride me there”. He said “I was crazy” and chuckled.

In the picture it still has the bullet holes in the hood and the dent that my father’s foot put in it April 19th 1947 during a big roll over. The tractor is running on many of Steiner parts, performs perfect, and your decal looks great!

I was ushered in to Mount Rushmore and parked in the front of the entrance. What a day, what a trip! I met so many wonderful folks on the journey.

May 15th thru June 1st 2017, round trip at 12 mph. 75 years old, both tractor and Mount Rushmore.

Dewey Brooks
Wonewoc, Wisconsin

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Family Fordson

Fordson

1926 Fordson Tractor

My family has been on our land since the 1920’s. It is a small 8 acre plot in Ohio. My Grandfather was born here on this land in 1932. My father was born on this land  in  1968, and passed away in 2008. I was born on this land in 1987 and both my kids were born on this land in 2011 and 2015. My grand dad would tell me that they used the 1926 Fordson tractor for every little thing. He would help the farmer’s around us with any thing they needed. All of the land around us has been developed or sold off. Wish I could go back to the old days and see it all.

The Fordson has rubber wheels on it now but the steel wheels are in the barn. I need to get new plugs and wires so I can get her cranking again.

Patrick Mattern
Wintersville, Ohio

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Tractor Photography Tips

Tractor Photography Tips

  • Portrait vs. Landscape
    Due to the layout of our catalog, portrait photos are more likely to be used on the catalog cover.
  • Where’s the Sun?
    Natural light is good, but too much can create shadows that could take attention away from the tractor. The contrast between the light and dark areas could be too much for the standard settings on your camera to automatically adjust. Overcast days are usually the best for most photography.
  • Location, Location, Location!
    Not everyone has access to mountains, fields or a scenic view, but that’s okay! After all, we’re looking for photos of your tractor! You’ve worked hard on your tractor, let it shine! Simply moving your tractor outdoors, parking in front of a barn, or moving it to an open area, etc. can make a huge difference.
  • Avoid Distractions
    We get it, shops and barns attract clutter and aren’t exactly known for being peachy clean and that’s okay. However, backgrounds can be very distracting in a photo. When you’re familiar with a setting it’s easy to look past things that are right in front of you. Take an extra moment to look around and make sure there’s nothing laying around that will take attention away from your tractor.
  • What’s Your Angle?
    Before you start snapping away, take a walk around your tractor and see which angle will offer the best composition. You may be very surprised how different things can look from another viewpoint and with the light coming from a different direction.
  • What’s Old is New
    Whether your tractor is restored, rusty, in use or resting, we look forward to viewing all of your tractor photos! 
  • Looking for inspiration?
    Check out last years winning photos that were featured in our catalog.

Submit your tractor photos now!

Restored MM UTI

Restored Tractor

Restored Minneapolis Moline UTI

Originally his dad’s tractor, bought off the line in 1946. Bob’s dad traded it in 1958 for a new tractor.

In 2014 Bob’s bulk fuel man found the tractor about 60 miles from their homestead in South Dakota. Bob went and pulled it from the field, and restored it back to original.

This picture was taken in 2017 completely restored with many STP parts.

After the Restoration

The South Central Threshing Bee located at Braddock, North Dakota is featuring my dad’s once owned Minneapolis Moline UTI tractor in honor of the Minneapolis Moline farm equipment manufacturer this year.  This annual event is scheduled the first weekend after Labor Day.  The attendants paid, right to entry badge will serve as a two day pass to this threshing event which is featuring this unique restored MM-UTI’s picture on the badge.

The SOUTH DAKOTA magazine printed and published at Yankton, South Dakota under the editor-ownership of Bernie Hunoff, is including tractor pictures and a story about the history and accomplishments of this MM-UTI tractor.

Robert Thullner
Herreid, South Dakota

Read other stories about Minneapolis Moline tractors here, and shop for parts for your MM tractor at Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.

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Four Rivers Career Center

Four Rivers Career Center

Andrew Hellmann, Tyler Moore, Kyla Hueffmeier, Allen Shepard, Chris Nowak, Brandon Julius, Zach Jasper, Eli Frost, Alexis Musket, Lucas Hellebusch, David Ley, Nick Dierking and Dan Brinkmann

Four Rivers Career Center Tractor Restoration

We would like to welcome the Four Rivers Career Center to our tractor family. The FRCC will be sharing a new video series to our SteinerTractor.TV channel. The students from Four Rivers Career Center are restoring a 1949 John Deere A, and a 1951 Farmall H. In the first video they outline the criteria to participate in the program then give a little heads up on upcoming projects. Check back to watch the progress as the students complete the restoration on these tractors, and include a few video tips of things they have learned.

How the Program Evolved

I teach Automotive Technology at Four Rivers Career Center (4RCC) in Washington Missouri. We have high school and adult students in our class. I am one of two instructors in the Auto program. At the career center, we have several programs available to students that you could check out on the website if you like. Its an awesome place to get a project built as there are many skilled trades in the building. This is 14 years under my belt as an instructor.

In 2008, I was approached by a friend of mine to see if any students would be interested in rebuilding a motorcycle top to bottom. Since this does not fit in the curriculum, I needed to find a way to fit the project in. I had all summer to think about it and then I decided to try and use the motorcycle for student advantage and mine as well.  This was the starting point of what we call Night Shift at 4RCC.

For student to participate in Night Shift I wanted to set standards that would drive students to achieve higher standards in school that would make them better prepared for the work force when they entered it.

The standards are:

  • 95% Attendance
  • Turn in homework 100% of the time
  • CANNOT fail another class
  • 85% minimum grade in the class at 4RCC
  • Cannot upset the boss (me or any other instructor at 4RCC)
  • Cannot get in trouble with the law
  • Belong to SkillsUSA or FFA
  • Mandatory parent meeting at the beginning

There is no cost to the student to participate. I have been volunteering my time to this program and will continue to as long as my wife allows me to. We meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 3:30-7 at 4RCC.​ It started as an Auto Tech only class but has evolved into something a lot bigger now. Students are responsible not only for the project at hand but also are required to cook meals at Night Shift as well. This is to help prepare them for college life if they need it… I try to encourage them to prepare healthy meals to break them of the dependence of fast food.

Early projects included motorcycles, cars and pickups. We mainly made routine repairs and some advanced diagnostics that were not possible during the regular schedule of the day. I did notice when the weather would get warmer, student numbers would drop off with these projects. In 2014 we did work on three Peterbilt semi trucks for the ATHS show in Springfield Missouri. I noticed the participation was through the roof! I started that year with 12 and ended with the same 12. That was a signal for me that students want to work on something other than the normal day.

I had brought in a Ford 841 of my cousin’s to repair a failed second gear. I noticed the students REALLY got into the project. Since we were splitting the machine, we decided to paint it. The next year the students took on a 960 Ford and made it a little nicer! In 2015, we decided to go all out and dove into a Massey Ferguson 180 owned since new by my Uncle Jim.

The 180 officially became mine on September 5, 2015. I wanted to refine the 180 and to show-pony status as it was a huge influence on me as a boy. I had the right machine, students, and the time was right to pull the trigger. We almost completely dismantled the 180 to make needed repairs, but took it a step further. All castings are smoothed out to make the tractor look glass smooth. This pushed the students farther than they thought they could go and achieve results and have such a pride in work they can call their own.

All the students can put their hand on a part of the tractor and claim it as their own. They had to remove the part, repair it, refine it, paint it, then install it. As we went on in the project, employers were hiring these students right and left since these students already know how to work and manage themselves in a work setting. It’s funny how an old tractor can build a future for someone…

Night Shift has evolved from just Auto Tech students to district wide and even have some elementary students joining us now. Its purpose is to get those kids on the fence to make good life decisions and provide them with life skills and a sense of pride in knowing you can accomplish something big if your willing to put in the time and effort.

We recently worked on a 1948 Farmall C for the Knights of Columbus Journey For Charity tractor cruise. It was raffled off in September 2017 and proceeds went to local food pantries. It is also highly refined and building character in these students.

Dan Brinkman

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April Featured Photo

April’s featured photo was submitted
by Geoff McGill of Albion, Nebraska.
The tractor pictured is a 1942 John Deere A. “My Grandpa
purchased this tractor when he was a farmer. After he retired
from farming, the tractor was handed down to my dad and sat
in a shed for more than 20 years. In 2016, I decided to start
restoring it.” After alot of hard work, Geoff finished the restoration
and is now looking forward to tractor shows and parade season.
You can view all of the winning photos from the
2018 Catalog Photo Contest here.
To see other winning photos that we have previously featured, click here.

Tractors Connected the Three of Us

Three Tractors One Family

Here are my 3 tractors. My Great Uncle’s DC Case tractor I recently purchased and will be restoring. A 1929 Case “C”, and the picture is at the church where we had my Grandpa’s service. And my 1941 Farmall H that my grandpa gave me when I was little. I restored it two years ago for him and is my most prized possession. He was so proud. All three are at WMSTR in Rollag, Minnesota every year. You guys are a great company! Thanks for supplying everything we need to keep these machines going!

Case C

Case C Tractors

The story behind the C is that I bought if for my Grandpa to use. He had cancer and could no longer get up on the H. So I purchased this one so he could manage to use it when he needed. Grandpa got to see it the day I bought it. But unfortunately he never got to use it, he passed shortly after. The reason why we chose to use it at his service is so he could get one ride on it with me. He was the one who taught me how to drive a tractor. So he was able to get a ride on the C I bought for him. I had the job of carrying his urn with me to the cemetery.

The other two have very special stories too.

Farmall H

The H was given to me by my Grandpa when I was little. Grandpa purchased that tractor when he bought his own farm. When he purchased it he drove it all the way from Fargo, North Dakota to Hawley, Minnesota, on the highway. He used to use it for digging, hauling bales, plowing, and many other things. It was kind of the “go to” tractor on the farm.

Ever since he gave it to me he wanted me to restore it and get it looking nice so it could be at Rollag. In summer of 2016, I made his dream come true. I restored it at a cousins house (approximately 10 miles from his house). And just like him, drove it all the way back to his farm, on the highway. We never showed him any pictures during the restoration, so he was shocked when he saw me roll into his driveway. It was a very emotional and meaningful moment to both of us. But I could tell he was proud. I am so happy I restored it when I did, because he ended up passing away  in October. I am so glad he got to see his tractor, finally restored. And he got to see it at WMSTR in Rollag too. I call it “Grandpa’s H”.

Case DC

Case DC Tractors

The DC Case is a tractor that belongs to my Great Uncle (my Grandpa’s brother). This is a tractor that he bought years ago to use around the farm. He and my grandpa used it for many of the smaller jobs. My grandpa always talked about how nice the tractor ran and how smooth it was. However, he did think the steering system was odd. Over the years, my Great Uncle and my Grandpa worked on this tractor and made their own repairs to it. About four years ago, my Great Uncle told my Grandpa to ask if I would be interested in buying it. My Grandpa brought it up, and told me that he thinks I would really like it. So I went and looked at it with both of them. I took many pictures and really wanted to buy it, and told him I needed to save up some money first.

The Final Project

When my Great Uncle saw how the Farmall H turned out, he really wanted me to get this one. Back in November 2017 I asked if he was still interested in selling it to me, and he said yes. I know both him and my Grandpa wanted me to have it, so I felt like it was the perfect thing to do. So, my Great Uncle sold it to me for $300. I have gathered parts and I plan on getting started on it in the Spring. Hoping to have it at Rollag! This tractor means a lot to me because it has the repairs that him and my grandpa did on it, as well as it was the tractor they used around the farm for many years. Now I have a tractor from both my Grandpa and his brother. Tractors connected us three so much, and for that I am forever grateful. I live my life, wanting to make my grandpa proud, and I know buying that tractor would make him ecstatic. Tractors are truly something that connects us and many others. It’s just awesome.

Jacob Lee
Hawley, Minnesota

 

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March Winner of $200 Gift Card

Ford Jubilee

The lucky winner of March’s $200 Steiner Tractor Parts
gift card is David Burnette of Canfield, Ohio. David has
been a Steiner customer for over 2 years and is looking
forward to working on his antique tractor. Pictured above
is David’s 1954 Ford Jubilee. Congratulations, David!
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