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We would like to thank everyone at Steiner Tractor Parts for being a partner in our show. We had our most successful show ever this year. And again this year our pullers and tractor displayers were excited to see the 2017 Steiner Catalog.
I have enclosed a few pictures from our show. We displayed our Steiner banner at our antique tractor pull arena. We had a lot of comments from the pullers about how they loved Steiner’s service and shipping (personally I know that my husband loves to order enough to get the free hat when they are being offered).
Thank you again for your support of our show. The hats, t-shirts, funnels, little bottle opener guys and the candy were, as always, a big hit.
Secretary, Northern Nevada Antique Power Club
We’re hitting the road and heading to the largest gas tractor show in Michigan. This year they also have the honor of hosting the National Allis Chalmers “Gathering of the Orange” show. With four days of jam-packed fun, this show is one you won’t want to miss.
Stop by our table and pick up a copy of our 2017 catalog, or come visit us at our store in Lennon, less than 25 miles away.
Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor’s 43rd Annual Show
“Gathering of the Orange”
August 17th – 20th, 2017
-Tractor Pulls -Small Engines -Threshing -Steam Engines
-Machine Shop -Arts & Crafts -Tinsmith -Cross Cut Saw
-Crop Demos -Broom Making -Quilting -Flea Market
-Kids Crafts -Petting Zoo -Drag Saw -Shingle Mill
-Rock Crushing -Wood Working -Baling -Grist Mill
-Dynamometers -Souvenir Shack -Gang Saw -Blacksmith
-Handle Mill -Veneer Mill -Saw Mill -Engine Barn
-Food Vendors -Daily Parade -Fireworks -Tractor Raffle
-Basket Making -Wool Spinning -Live Bands -Bingo
Bret Weikert was heading out on the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska but before he left he needed a new water pump for his Farmall M. Bret spoke with our tech Dennis and he sold him on our newly designed IHS189. After completing the 9 day, 500 mile drive Bret emailed us with his story and pictures.
Just a recap I purchased one of your newly redesigned water pumps for a Farmall M. It has worked flawlessly with no leaks or issues. It was very easy to install even with the radiator still in place. Took my dad and I around 45 minutes. No complaints here and I may have even sold a few other guys on our tractor drive on purchasing them from you too.
The ride I went on was the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. It was 9 days and somewhere between 400-500 miles long. Steiner was a sponsor for part of the ride and I thank you for that sponsorship. We also raise money for Operation Comfort Warriors along our trip and that is something the relay has been doing for 4 or 5 years now.
For more information you can check out the club’s Facebook page.
Our tough, new LED lamps provide additional lighting without overloading your existing electrical system. ABC3696 and IHS3698 work on both 6-volt and 12-volt applications. ABC3696 fits FDS177, FDS192, FDS193 and FDS213 housings. IHS3698 fits our IHS463 lights. These sealed beam lamps are also designed to fit the OEM lights. View our website for a full list of applications.
- Draws less amps than the original light
- Scratch resistant lens
- Rated at 50,000 hours lifetime
- Lamps have a heavy die cast body with integral heat sink fins
- Provides a brighter, whiter light to enhance visibility and safety
Hi! I thought I would tell you about my tractor. It’s a 1952 Cockshutt 20 serial #304. The tractor was purchased used by my Grandfather in the 1960’s. He used it to collect firewood on his hobby farm. When the tractor was replaced in 1985 for an ATV, the tractor was used to plow snow in the yard. That’s how it remained. I was a young boy in the 1990’s and can recall sitting on my Grandfathers lap driving the tractor up and down the driveway. In the late 90’s with health complications, my Grandfather gave the tractor to my uncle who later restored the tractor, and then sold it outside the family. It was gone, forgotten, and thought never to be seen again!
In January 2015 I set out to find the tractor. Determined, I set ads on the internet with no solid leads until February 2016. I received an email from a Cockshutt collector near Cornwall Ontario. The gentleman was able to tell me where he had previously purchased the tractor, and was able to supply it’s history right back to my Grandfather. He agreed to sell it to me! In May 2016 my father and I set out on the 9 hour trip on the way to bring the tractor back home. It now sits in my garage completely restored again! With help from Steiner parts of course!
I plan to use the tractor for shows, parades, and pushing snow with the rear blade in the Winter time! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell my story on my Cockshutt!
Cockshutt 570 diesel. Grandad bought it sometime ago. When I was 12 I remember discing with it, and it started blowing’ oil. Dad and I pulled the engine out, put the tractor in the fencerow and left her sit. The machine shop said it would cost too much to fix her. Bout 3 years ago, I walked by her, pulled it out with the backhoe, got on the computer, ordered an engine, and now I am in the middle of a full blown resto. I cannot wait to dump that clutch at the county fair.
Over the weekend I visited the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association’s show in Oakley, Michigan. This show is the largest tractor show in Michigan.
All colors of tractors are welcome. Hundreds of tractors were on display. Here are a few highlights:
Everyone can appreciate a nice row of John Deere tractors–Dubuque built tractors as well as new generation tractors.
I think I saw more pulling tractors at this show than any other tractor show I’ve been to! I wish I could have seen more of them pull but due to my schedule I could only see a handful actually pull.
I can’t think of a single tractor brand that I didn’t see. Here are a few pictures of the less common brands:
Eagle and Huber (commonly recognized Case and JD tractors between)
Chamberlain (a first for me)
A few people were droolling over this perfectly restored Farmall 400:
I had to chuckle at the exhaust on this tractor
and the ingenuity of the cab on this tractor.
It’s always fun to see harvesters like this mounted New Idea corn picker
and this combine in great original condition.
Shows are a great opportunity to also see the really old tractors operating, like this Rumley:
Below are a few more tractor pictures to enjoy:
If you’re looking for a new show to attend, be sure to add this show to your list next August!
From the Steiner Tech Support line: 6 Volt to 12 Volt Conversion FAQs
Here are some of the most frequent questions we get about 12 volt conversions here at Steiner Tractor Parts. If you’re thinking about making the switch, here are some good tips:
- Why convert from a 6 volt to a 12 volt system? There are a few advantages to a 12 volt system – tractors that operate on 12 volts start faster and have brighter headlights. A 12 volt battery lasts longer than a 6 volt, and you can jump-start a 12 volt tractor with an ordinary vehicle. Switching to an alternator eliminates the need for a generator and voltage regulator, giving you a more reliable charging system.
- Is it a difficult project? Making the conversion isn’t incredibly difficult, but it’s not a project for a beginner, either. I would rate it as a moderate difficulty. In addition to basic mechanical skills, you also need to know the basics of electrical wiring. If you have the tools and knowledge to change a light fixture in your home (including stripping wires and using stake-ons properly), you’re ready.
- What parts do I need? A standard conversion will require an alternator, alternator bracket, battery, coil, wiring harness, and amp gauge. Replace the existing generator and voltage regulator with the alternator, and swap out the old battery, coil, wiring harness, and amp gauge with the new.
- When doing a 12 volt conversion, do I need a 12 volt starter? In my opinion, no. While some starter shops will sell you a “specially wound 12 volt starter” in my opinion there’s no reason or a big enough difference to warrant this expense. Your original (or replacement) 6 volt starter will function well on a 12 volt system.
- Do I have to change the wiring? Yes. Your old wiring will be set up for a field, an armature, voltage regulator, etc. Using these existing wires could be a fire hazard. Replace your wiring harness with a new one specific to your tractor to have a cleaner look and safer operation.
- Do I need to change the coil? Yes. The 12 volt coil upgrade is very important. I’ve seen some people try to place a resistor in front of their 6 volt coil–not a good idea. The resistor won’t suffice.
- When I do the 12 volt conversion, do I keep the voltage regulator? No. The voltage regulator needs to be removed when putting an alternator on.
- Can I just install an 8 volt battery on my 6 volt system? Yes you can. No changes are required. Many people choose this option.
Do you have videos available? Yes I do! If you are converting a Farmall tractor, you’re in luck! Here’s a link to a video I made on a Farmall tractor. Even though the demonstration model is a Farmall, though, the basic techniques are similar across all makes and models. If you’re looking for help on a different tractor, give a shout in the comments! I’m always happy to hear video ideas.
Earlier this week I challenged you to a quiz: can you recognize these tractors (make and model) without their color or decal?
Here are the answers. Kudos to Ryan Foster for being the first person to get nearly all of them correct!
Tractor #1: Ford 5000.
Tractor #2: Cockshutt 20.
Tractor #3: Ford 871 (give yourself a pat on the back if you got the select-o-speed or the gold color correct too!)
Tractor #4: Massey Harris 44 (with bonus points if you were able to tell / guess that it’s a special!)
Tractor #5: Moline 4 Star.
Tractor #6: John Deere 730 Diesel
Tractor #7: Farmall MV.
Tractor #8: Case VAC.
Tractor #9: Oliver Super 99 GM.
Tractor # 10: Massey Ferguson 180