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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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.
This is our 1948 Allis Chalmers WD. The serial number is 308, which makes it a very early, WD Allis Chalmers. My owners are Bill Giffen and Maria Gerhold of London, Ontario, Canada.
Also, thank you for having a place where we people that love old tractors can find parts to keep them alive and running.
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This was definitely a barn find. This tractor set in a barn for the past 20 years and had not been started since parked. A friend wanting to clean out his barn offered me the tractor if I could get it started and remove it from his barn. My sons and I cleaned out the fuel system rebuilt the carburetor, changed the oil, plugs, wires, and battery. To our surprise and joy it started right up.
After we completed a victory dance around the tractor we tinkered with the hydraulics and drove it home. In my shop I completely disassembled the project and began rebuilding it one piece at a time. It seemed every Monday I would place an order with Steiner Tractor and when I got into a real bind, which was often, I would ask for Dennis who would walk me thru the problem. This was my first tractor restoration and I don’t believe I would have completed it if it weren’t for Steiner and Dennis.
I started this project in December 2016 and completed it on June 1, 2017. I live in a small agriculture and mining community and have had many folks compliment me on my finished tractor. In my 71 years I’ve painted many things but this tractor had to be the hardest, but I’m proud of the end result.
My Dad got the F12 to run the corn cracker and to back up the dairy shed, at the time when they stopped milking cows it got put into the barn and just sat there. As kids we loved playing on it and always wanted to see it go but that never happened. So four years ago I just got her out. What a wonderful and amazing tractor and Dad’s smile just priceless.
Finished my 1933 F12 down here in Australia, thank for your help and parts were top quality.
My dad purchased this 1957 861 Powermaster Tractor in 2013. We decided to turn it into a father-son restoration project. Fortunately, the original tractor was in good shape body wise; our goal was to bring the old tractor back to its glorious state. We completely took apart the tractor piece by piece to restore it.
After several months of late hours, the project was completed. We took pictures throughout the process to see before and after pictures. The end result was a true project to be proud of. The tractor is used regularly now on both of our properties and is something that can be handed down from generation to generation.
Last Fall we had a live Q&A and Becky hopped on to ask a few questions, at the end of the Q&A we drew a name from the people watching live for a free STP hat. Our winner was Becky Puckett of Hutchison Minnesota. We contacted Becky to get her mailing address and found out she was actually asking the questions for her Dad, Robert Dobratz. Robert is suffering from ALS and has difficulty using his hands, so Becky becomes his hands when doing tractor repair.
We checked back with Becky recently to see how her dad is doing and she said “Since we have last communicated, my dad has lost the ability to stand. He has the use of his hands and arms in a limited way, and his voice is soft and words are hard to form. Even still, we continue to plan for the upcoming tractor pull season! He says that April 1 is the start of tractor pull season, and the tractor is getting uncovered and moved into the garage on that day. We have been doing a lot of planning for things we want to work on this year.”
Thank you Robert and Becky for inspiring us with your story.