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Ford 2N – What color?

My neighbor recently moved back to Chicago and I just couldn’t let him leave without giving his tractor a good home. We made a deal and I fell in love with my first Ford tractor. I could never figure out the paint scheme, as it is opposite of the 8N, grey chassis and red hood. I’ve recently come to discover that it is a 1945 2N and I’m looking to restore it to its former glory. My wife likes the red, but I’m pretty sure it will end up all grey as originally produced…..I guess only time will tell.

Matthew Kotecki

John Deere Projects

1953 John Deere 40 S

Here are some pictures of my John Deere project. This time it is not another tractor, but a wood splitter using a John Deere LU power unit. It is basically like the LA. Some of the features I used are as follows.

  1. Two cylinder LU motor / crank start with magneto.
  2. 16″ tires from my pickup.
  3. Hydraulic pump off of a street sweeper.
  4. Hydraulic ram off a Caterpillar dozer.
  5. Old vehicle axle and hubs.
  6. Large steel beam from scrap yard.
  7. Time, lots and lots of time cutting, fitting, welding, grinding, and painting.

I am happy to say that it will rip or tear any type of wood. It is always in demand from one of my friends or relatives. I love to listen to the Poppon’ Johnny run.

Alan Smith

1953 John Deere 40 S
D4 in the dirt
Wood Splitter

1955 John Deere 40 Utility

This is my 1955 John Deere 40 Utility. I farmed 20 acres with this tractor when I was in High School in the late sixties and early seventies. I raised alfalfa hay to feed my cattle and horses. With this John Deere, a John Deere #5 sickle mower and a New Holland #68 baler I also did custom baling.

My brother then took over the tractor and farmed with it until it developed an engine problem. When he sold his farm the tractor came back to me and sat for thirty plus years and the elements and squirrels took a toll on the old machine. I always had a desire to fix the tractor up. I eventually retired and found that I had the time to go to work on it.

Thanks to Steiner I was able to locate the parts to do the restore. An engine overhaul, complete electrical rebuild as well as a complete flush and replacement of all lubricants and it is now running as sweet as it ever did.

What a work horse this tractor was and I spent so many youthful hours on the seat and it sure brings back memories. So happy that I was able to bring it back to life.

John Durand of Yakima, Washington

October Featured Photo

October Featured Photo

This month’s featured tractor photo was submitted by Mark Kurth of La Porte, Indiana.

“Our home is on the National Register of Historical Places in La Porte County, Indiana. Allis Chalmers (previously Rumley) was an important manufacturer in La Porte before the plant shut down in 1984. When we needed a tractor to help with restoration work on the farm, an Allis Chalmers D14 was a natural choice – being a hometown favorite. Ours has never been apart and still works as good as it did when it was built in 1957. The post-hole auger is an original AC implement.” – Mark Kurth


This photo was chosen as a winner in our photo contest and will be featured in the 2020 Steiner Tractor Parts catalog. Check out the other winning photos here.

September Featured Photo

September Featured Tractor Photo

Wayne Shaw’s Massey Ferguson 1080
This month’s featured photo was submitted by
Wayne Shaw of Utterson, Ontario, Canada.

“The Massey 1080 took the day off from haying due to rain. After the rain stopped a rainbow formed overhead framing the tractor, which I thought would make for a pleasant picture after a soaking day.” -Wayne Shaw

This photo was chosen as a winner in our photo contest and will be featured in the 2020 Steiner Tractor Parts catalog. Check out the other winning photos here.

August $200 Gift Card Winner

August’s $200 Gift Card Winner

The lucky winner of August’s $200 Steiner gift card is Brent Beldyga of Freeland, Michigan. Brent has been a Steiner customer since 2017 and is a fan of IH tractors. Pictured is Brent’s grandpa’s 1951 Farmall H that he restored with the help of his dad (Larry), and uncle (Ted). Congratulations, Brent!

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1953 Farmall Super A

I am submitting this information and these photos on behalf of my Grandfather. He has worked hard his entire life to help provide for his family. He stops at nothing to give everyone the very best of him.

My name is William H. Patterson (also known as Cotton Patterson.) I am a 77 year old resident of Clay County, Alabama. I have been working in the fields and maintaining gardens since I was old enough to hold a tool and differentiate between a weed and a crop. I started at five years old and used mules until the year 1960. That was the year I was able to purchase my tractor. I worked driving a school bus until I could save up the money to purchase a 1953 Super A International Farmall from a man in Talladega, Alabama. I paid $900 for the tractor plus some equipment. I have rebuilt the engine three times and in my opinion, there is no better tractor than my international. I maintain three gardens and we grow and harvest everything from corn to watermelon. Being able to retire those mules has been one of my greatest blessings.

William Patterson of Talladega, Alabama