Mount 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.
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.
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 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.
Herreid, South Dakota
Read other stories about Minneapolis Moline tractors here, and shop for parts for your MM tractor at Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.
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
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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“Government Contract, Glen Canyon
Dam and a Golf Course”
March’s featured photo was submitted by Judy Kitson. “This tractor is a 1951 UB Minneapolis Moline Industrial version, as can be seen by the dual tires and shifter for forward and reverse. It was made on a US government contract and still has the original government plates. The tractor was used by the bureau in building the Glen Canyon Dam that created Lake Powell. After the dam was built the tractor was purchased by the city of Page, Arizona and used on their golf course. When they finally parked it, it was picked up by Eugene Tucker at the city auction. He has since used it in the Page, Arizona annual tractor pulls in October. He and the tractor can be seen pulling on our website www.PageTractorClub.com in our cover photo. Eugene is one of the founders and the President of the Page Antique Tractor & Machinery Club – EDGE&TA br. 217.”
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.
J’ai donné un tracteur Farmall 200 1954 à mon mari pour sa fête en mai 2010. Il n’était pas en bon état on a essayé de le faire réparer mais sans succès. Un jour un ami Pierre Lorrain nous dit qu’il acceptait de nous le remettre en fonction et de le remettre en neuf. Il a fait un miracle. Il est comme neuf et tout fonctionne grâce à Pierre et à votre site ou on peut avoir les pièces pour ces tracteurs. Même la pelle fonctionne. Mon mari est super content. Donc merci à vous et à Pierre.
I gave a farmall 200 1954 tractor to my husband for his party in May 2010. It was not in good condition we tried to have it repaired but without success. One day a friend Pierre Lorrain tells us that he would get it back into operation and refurbish it. He did a miracle. It’s like new and everything works thanks to Pierre and your site where you can have the parts for these tractors. Even the shovel works. My husband is super happy. So thanks to you and Pierre.
For more Farmall / International tractor stories click here.
John Deere B
This is a picture of my Dad, Marvin, when he was 90 years old. We had just come from a farm auction where he picked up this nice old John Deere B for $1,000. Dad is now 94 with dementia and in a care center. He still talks about his good buy of the John Deere B.
For more stories and information on John Deere tractors click here.
“The One He Dreamed Of”
February’s featured photo was submitted by Jason Hedrick. Pictured is Jason’s 1965 International 1206 tractor. “Growing up on a farm and also collecting antique tractors, the 1206 was the tractor I always wanted. While we had several makes and models of tractors, the 1206 was never one that we had. In 2011 I finally got the opportunity to buy and restore one. It was a complete front to back restoration.”
Have you seen the other winning photos that are featured
throughout our 2018 catalog? View Photos >>