Above are two pictures of my son’s Farmall 350, a before and after. I bought this tractor used from a neighbor almost 50 years ago; he had bought it new in 1957.
My son learned to drive on the 350 and for sentimental reasons, he decided to buy it and have it restored / refurbished. When I retired I sold my farm equipment but I kept the 350 and a six foot mower to mow field edges and road sides. As you can see, it didn’t get a lot of TLC in the last twenty two years.
Mechanically it was sound, with a good engine, transmission and torque amplifier, but cosmetically it was ugly! I chased parts all Summer with some yet to go, but I can see the end is near. I drove it home from the paint shop on October the 18th and it was hard to believe it was the same tractor.
Steiner Tractor was a big part of this transformation.
October’s featured photo was submitted by Jason Anderson and features a 1957 Ford 900 series owned by Rich and Mary Houzner of Elroy, Wisconsin.
About 6 years ago the Houzner’s were in need of a tractor to handle some of the smaller jobs around the dairy farm. When they found this Ford tractor they liked the old style and thought it’s smaller size would make it suitable for their young boys as they started learning to operate farm equipment.
This Ford tractor has done all that and more! It’s become a family favorite to rake hay and corn stalks with and was the perfect edition to the Houzner’s all Ford / New Holland implement fleet.
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September’s featured photo was submitted by Cary Bolton. This photo was chosen as a winner in our annual photo contest and will be featured in the 2019 Steiner catalog.
“This is a 1963 Massey Ferguson 65 tractor with multi-power. I purchased it at an estate sale. It had been rode hard and put away wet many times. I am going to split the tractor and put in the necessary seals and check the clutch. I also need to go through the hydraulic system. The tractor runs but needs a good tune-up and the exhaust system fixed. I have been looking for parts in various places but was delighted to find that the steering wheel is available new from Steiner at a price close to ones found at salvage yards. I will go with the new one! I need to do alot of work on the seat before I can order new cushions, which i’ll get from Steiner as well. I will take some more pictures and send them along after I get it going again. Before I fix this one though, I am going to work on a 1963 Massey Ferguson 50 that needs less work. Those parts will come from Steiner as well.”
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August’s featured photo was submitted by Bill Adams. This photo was chosen as a winner in our annual photo contest and will be featured in the 2019 Steiner catalog.
Joe Tarbet, a good friend of Bill’s that restored this Oliver 550, helped Bill start collecting and restoring antique tractors. Joe found this Oliver 550 in a very dilapidated condition at a cotton gin yard near Lamesa, Texas. In its last years it had retired from plowing and was used to pull cotton trailers around the gin. Bill watched Joe restore this Oliver 550 and several years later when Joe decided to liquidate his collection, Bill was fortunate to be able to buy it.
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1958 Case 511B
My Dad bought this 1958 Case 511B new in 1959 and it’s one of the first tractors I learned to drive. I thought it was time for some needed repairs and a new paint job. I got it finished with some parts from Steiner TractorParts. It stills runs great.
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Setting in the Shed – 1957 Farmall 450 Diesel
Back in college I was helping a farmer in the Summer and saw it setting in the shed, and fell in love. It was a 1957 Farmall 450 diesel with TA. He said it hasn’t run in years due to a bad injector. So I am 29 now and 2 years ago it came up for sale so my Dad and I purchased that same tractor.
I was able to find a used injector online and got it running. It needs a radiator due to a hole in the top and a few minor things like a tachometer, headlight wiring, and I did drain 15 gallons of water from the transmission. But it dyno’s at 58 hp which was enormous for a 50’s tractor. And only being produced from 1956-1958 it is rather rare.
I have always loved IH/Farmall tractor since I was little. I have recently acquired my late Grandfather’s restored 1945 Farmall H, and I know he would of loved to see what I’ve accomplished so far with the 450. And it sounds killer with a straight stack. I plan to use the tractor in parades and to use it around the farm when making hay, not work it too hard, just enough to keep it from dying a slow death from just setting around. I feel all old equipment should have its legs stretched at least once a year.
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My name is Michael Hollst, these are pictures of my dad, Gilbert Hollst’s, 1950 Farmall M that he bought new. The tractor was sold to our cousin, Wes Zaugg in 1974 at our farm sale after my dad got sick and we had to quit farming.
My two brothers, two cousins and I still own the original farm outside of Yutan, Nebraska that our great Grandfather bought in 1874 from the original RR homesteader. My cousin Wes restored my Dad’s old Farmall M to better then new condition, added power steering, an Oliver 3 point, fenders with a 2 way hyd system. He then replaced the tires and anything else it needed. He then straightened all the tin work and painted the tractor International red in Imron paint. Wes then sold the tractor back to my brothers and I ( at a very low price ) so that it could in his own words “go back home where it belongs”. I will always be grateful to my cousin for his hard work & kindness for selling us our dad’s tractor back, it will be a treasured heirloom in our family.
The picture of the small boy on the Farmall M is my 3 year old nephew, Lane sitting on his favorite tractor, which is now his according to him. Which makes him the 4th generation to drive our Dad, Gilbert’s tractor.
On a side note I also have my Grandpa Hank Hollst 1936 F-20 that I am currently collecting parts for to restore, the majority of the parts are coming from Steiner’s. The F-20 was my Grandpa Hanks first tractor, which he always told me he traded two teams of draft horses and $300 for the tractor. I would like to dedicate them in my Dad and Grandpas memory and credit the restoration to my cousin Wes Zaugg,
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Restoration of Super M
Before picture of Super M
This 1953 Super M purchased by Tom Schram in 2017 to help advertise their auction business (Schram Auction / Gretna, Nebr.) The tractor didn’t run and had sat for several years. The tractor was in good condition and very original it had been stored inside. Tom’s brother (John) restored the tractor and did a first class job. John is standing by the tractor in the finished photo in his shop.
Most of the new parts were purchased from Steiner as they are good quality and fit well. Steiner provided a radiator, cross shaft for clutch and brake pedals, wiring loom, gauges, muffler and light parts.
Schram’s are friends of mine and I help them with harvest. I was with Tom when he purchased the tractor and stopped by the shop as John did the restoration. I attend quite a few tractor shows and it would be tough to find a nicer or more original Super M. This tractor found a good home.
After picture of Super M
The odd looking pulley in the before photo is for v-belts powering an irrigation pump. Last assignment for this Nebraska tractor before being sold.
June’s featured photo was submitted by Jed Stacey
and will be featured in our 2019 catalog.
“This 1939 Farmall F-20 was not running when I purchased it. I had to go through the engine and various other components to get it running again. I enjoy taking something that could have been scrapped and bringing it back to life. When I drive an old tractor I think about the work that it has done and what it must have meant to the original owner when it was purchased new. If only this old iron could talk, the stories it would tell!”
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