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August Featured Photo

August Featured Photo
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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Case 511B

Case 511B

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.

Larry Ratke
Arapaho, Oklahoma

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Sitting in the Shed

Sitting in the Shed

Setting in the Shed
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.

Jake Rygiel
Wisconsin

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July Featured Photo

July Featured Photo
“An American Classic”
July’s featured photo was submitted in our recent catalog photo contest by Marsha Rhodes. This photo was chosen as the winner of the Photoshop category and will be featured in our upcoming 2019 catalog. To view all of the winning photos, click here.

1950 Farmall M

1950 Farmall M

1950 Farmall M
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.

Farmall M 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.Farmall M

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,

Thank you

Michael Hollst
Elkhorn, Nebraska

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Super M Restoration

Super M Restoration

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.
 
Dwight Anderson
Omaha, Nebraska

June $200 Gift Card Winner

June $200 Gift Card Winner

The winner of the June’s $200 Steiner gift card is David Knox Stone
of Colbert, Georgia. David has been a Steiner customer for over 5 years
and has a 1956 John Deere model 70 diesel (pictured).

“I have owned this tractor since 1977. It is original and unrestored, and it is still a working tractor. Our family calls this tractor Big John, as my late brother had a model 420 John Deere we called Little John. Since both the tractor and I are beginning to get on in years, it is about time to begin to dress Big John up a bit. I have already ordered several replacement parts from Steiner Tractor, and I hope to pick up a few more. The Steiner catalog is a great “wish book” for a tractor geek, and the videos you provide online have been helpful on several occasions. They say nothing runs like a Deere, but nobody keeps them running like Steiner.”

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June Featured Photo

June Featured Photo
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!”

 

View all of the winning photos from the 2019 Catalog Photo Contest here.
To see other winning photos that we have previously featured, click here.

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St Jude’s Raffle Tractor

St Jude’s Raffle Tractor

Raffle Tractor

Take a moment to check out this Farmall M. Then learn how you can help the St Jude’s Children’s Research hospital and have a chance to win this raffle tractor. Visit the Tunica Raffle site here for information on buying raffle tickets, and learn more about this worthy cause.

St Jude Tractor Raffle

Image from Matt Butler

Hello,

My name is Robert DeBerg. I am the current President of the National Antique Tractor Pulling Association, Inc. (NATPA). I would first like to express our thanks and gratitude for all your company does in the restoration and preservation of parts and information for our antique and classic tractors.

Second, I would like to say thank you for the support and your helpful parts used on the St Jude’s Foundation Fund Raiser – tractor which the NATPA is also strong supporter for this wonderful cause.

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Ford 641 Wearing Law Enforcement Colors

Ford 641 Wearing Law Enforcement Colors

Ford 641 From Rust to Restoration

Ford 641

In 2016 we found this old 1958 Ford 641 on the side of the road, not running and in pretty poor shape. We were able to finally get it up and running replacing most of the main engine parts and tires and we are very proud of how it turned out.

We run a Law Enforcement – Children’s charity called the Police & Kids Foundation and the color scheme is a very bold Black with Thin Blue Line accents to represent law enforcement. The tractor and a 1965 Ford F100 we’re currently working on will be used to educate others about the charity throughout Florida at special events and parades.

Tracey Schofield
Brooksville, Florida

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