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Favorite Tractor, John Deere 830

Favorite Tractor, John Deere 830

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Full Restoration, every nut and bolt.

I purchased my first John Deere 830 nearly two years ago. It is my favorite tractor out of way too many! It took a year and six figures for a full restoration-every nut and bolt. It is truly a brand new 830!

The serial number is 8304358. If I can ever find a consecutive serial number I would be forever grateful and I would love to purchase it above market if she still exists. My email is bowlusholdings@gmail.com should anyone ever comes across either -57 or -59. Thanks in advance!

John Bowlus
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

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Restored Case Tractor

Restored Case Tractor

Restored Case

Restored Case

I bought this Case tractor in Oakland, Mississippi. It had not been cranked in about five years, just sitting outside in the weather. Exhaust was covered, engine not stuck, had anti-freeze in it, had no water in the crank case, and luckily the rubber was good. The diesel pump had two stuck plungers. One injector malfunctioned. It took me about eight months to finish the restoration. Now it runs great, has amazing power, and is a beautiful tractor. It is one of many Case tractors I have restored. I love restoring tractors, it’s great fun! I guess you can say I have classic tractor fever!

Jerry White
Senatobia, Mississippi

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John Deere G Rescue

John Deere G Rescue

John Deere G

Find out what it took to get this John Deere G running again.

Not much to say about this John Deere G tractor at this point except I seen it sitting on a vacant lot for some time when my son-in-law started working for the company that owns that lot and was put in charge of cleaning it up.

John Deere G

I ended up purchasing the tractor with the understanding that it had run just a few years prior. The motor was tight when I bought the tractor and I tried everything possible to loosen it up without any success. I ended up taking it apart and found a mouse nest in the water jacket and rust in the one cylinder so bad that after taking it apart I used a 20 ton jack and 20 lb hammer to get the one piston out. After checking out the rest of the tractor the only good thing on it was the transmission and the Roll-O-Matic. So I had to decide, am I going to scrap the G and hope to get some of my money back or do we rebuild the entire tractor. After leaving it sit in my shop all torn apart I decided to rebuild or maybe I should say build a G John Deere. I don’t have a lot of photos at this time but I can keep posting as we work on it. And thank you Steiner for the few items already, you should be seeing more orders coming your way as we get along with the rebuilding.

Jake Suderman
Walhalla, North Dakota

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1948 Allis Chalmers WD

1948 Allis Chalmers WD

Allis Chalmers Tractor

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.

Bill Giffen
Ontario, Canada

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1959 John Deere 830D

1959 John Deere 830D


Recently my brother, Henry Delbridge, brother-in-law, Tim Lane, and I finally finished restoring a 1959 John Deere 830 Diesel tractor. We purchased the tractor out in Utah where it had sat for decades. When the tractor arrived the engine was completely seized, the clutch totally disintegrated, and not a component seemed to be salvageable. While discouraged, we remained determined and resolute that the ‘ole beast’ would someday once again breath fire and hold its head high among the old dinosaurs.

That day has come. It lives! Once again it roams the countryside leaving all who see it with a sense of admiration and respect. Attached are photos of the revitalized beast, although somewhat tamer and looking ‘up town’, its veins again flow with vigor and power. Its resurrection would not have been possible if it weren’t for parts purveyors like Steiner’s. I extend my most sincere thanks to all the good folks at Steiner’s. Your very existence and what you do, assures that the legacy of the old iron dinosaurs will go on.  Thanks Again!

Robert Delbridge
San Antonio, Texas

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1954 Allis Chalmers WD45 Tractor

1954 Allis Chalmers WD45 Tractor

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.

Skip Hammargren
Winnemucca, Nevada

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My Grandchildren and I Thank You

My Grandchildren and I Thank You

“I want you to know how much my grandchildren look forward to me receiving parts from you, because they know there will be candy at the bottom of the package. This is a nice gesture on your part and I wanted you to know.

Thank you also for the parts and service you provide so that many of us can continue to run and operate our old tractors. I thought you might enjoy seeing that your company has helped keep this soon to be 62 year old model 60 John Deere to continue running. This belonged to my dad and now his great grand-children get to enjoy riding it.”

William K. Harkness
Kingwood, Texas

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Tractor Stories

Tractor Stories

Here are my 3 tractors. One is my Great Uncle’s DC Case I recently purchased and will be restoring. One is a 1929 Case “C” I purchased. The picture is at the church where we had my grandpa’s service. The other is 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, MN every year.

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. He 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 H was given to me by my grandpa when I was little. He purchased that tractor when he bought his own farm. When he purchased it he drove it all the way from Fargo, ND to Hawley, MN, 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 had always wanted me to restore it and get it looking nice so it could be at Rollag. The Summer of 2016, I made his dream come true. I restored it at a cousins house (about 10 miles from his house). And just like him, I 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 for both of us.  I could tell he was proud. I am so happy I restored it when I did, because he ended up passing this 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”.

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. I told him I needed to save up some money first. When my great uncle saw how the Farmall H turned out, he really wanted me to get this one. So this November, 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 been gathering parts lately and I plan on getting started on it this 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

Tractor Sweepstakes Winner

Tractor Sweepstakes Winner

A big congratulations goes out to Gene Hopkins of Alabama! Gene won our 40th anniversary tractor sweepstakes and is now the owner of this restored Ford 8N!

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