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Some people like a tractor that’s one-of-a-kind. Many collectors scratch this itch by nosing out prototypes or super-low production tractors, but others go a step beyond and make a custom tractor of their own! Chris Brunsvold is one of those men. He’s full of ingenuity and perseverance – just look at his latest special project!
If you are thinking, “Wait, I didn’t know Farmall made a Super H-TA!” then Chris has done his job well! This very convincing custom project was sold at the Mecum Gone Farmin’ Auction in Davenport, Iowa last week. But don’t be fooled by the custom decals and expert mechanical work – Farmall never made a Super H-TA. Chris didn’t let that stop him, though!
To create this custom machine, Chris started with a 1954 Stage II Super H Farmall. He replaced the H rear end with one from a Farmall 300. He completely rebuilt the engine and installed a new clutch. He topped it all off with new lights and a custom set of decals.
Thanks to Chris’s great work and the work of other creative fabricators like him, plenty of people have become confused about this model. It’s definitely a head-turner, but the TA wasn’t offered on this size of tractor until the 300 was introduced. While the technology to add a TA option to the H was in place during its production (the Super M, after all, had a TA option), Farmall never produced this tractor.
A custom project was nothing new to Chris. He’s also built a Farmall Super HD-TA tractor, which was a compilation of a Farmall Super H, 350 diesel engine and 300 rear end. He enjoys tractors but also thoroughly enjoys his antique car projects.
Keep up the good work, Chris. We love seeing custom projects.
Well another month has gone by and we are happy to share the latest update from the ISU antique tractor club on their restoration. Follow this link to see where they were last time they checked in.
I thought I’d send you some more pictures of the DC. We’ve got just about everything painted and have started to assemble the tractor. It came together really quick with all the help from the club members. We’ve put a lot of long hours in these past few weeks. It should be running and all together by the end of the week though! Thanks again Steiner for all that you’ve done for our club and helping us be successful! I’ll make sure to send more pictures when the tractor is all done!
Vice President of the ISU Antique Tractor Club
Agriculture Systems Technology
Iowa State University
Let’s give a shout out for this Steiner Tractor Parts customer and FFA student on the great job he did on his Farmall H!
Keaton competed with this 1947 Farmall H Tractor in the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – January 16-18, 2015 – placing 1st – Jr Agricultural Mechanics Division – Farm & Ranch Restoration – Trators 1949 & Older and placing as the Reserve Champion Farm & Ranch Restoration Overall.
The tractor shown in the photo’s was a ground up restoration-from one end to the other as Keaton says. Nothing went untouched. Everything was either restored or rebuilt (trying not to replace unless it was the last resort).
The tractor’s name is GRANNY and was given to him by his Grandfather to restore and show.
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