Note, the replaced tachometer, both in the run and in the off position. It looks just as it should. Everything I’ve done was cosmetic. The tractor itself was mechanically sound and all the “pretty stuff” was purchased from Steiner’s. It looks good for a first time restoration job. My painter, who pushed me to get all the parts said it looked like a Steiner warehouse blew up and lit on it. Not to imply that I am in the same league as your usual restorers, but for me I think it looks great!
Thank you again for all the help from your customer service people.
1951 Ford 8N was my first project over the winter of 2017 and 2018. A friend had ask me for help reinforcing a lean-to. The Ford was parked underneath. I was only going to buy it to park outside as lawn art. Well guess what, I had to see why it wouldn’t turn over. One thing led to another and I was hooked. That’s how I caught the bug for restoring old tractors.
The Farmall 100, belongs to a local farmer. It was the first tractor his Dad bought when they started the farm, back in the 50’s. I did a partial restoration on it in return for a Farmall Super A.
This 1951 Farmall M tractor had sat unused for 10 years. Engine was stuck at first, we were able to free it up and get it running. Then we stripped the tractor down and repaired numerous problems. Repainted and reassembled.
Converted to 12 Volt system and put in all new fluids. Tractor had been converted to a 9-speed transmission and added power steering in the past.
Many improvements have been made thanks to Steiner tractor parts. Have driven it in parades and to local antique tractor shows.
This story is more about a place rather than a tractor. In 1980 a husband and wife decided to have an antique tractor show at their home. Just like any event the first was small but successful. The duo had a unique love and common hobby of antique farm equipment. Together Horrace and Norma Potter owned over 300 pieces! They easily could have shown their own equipment and had an amazing show, but they chose to open it up and share the hobby with other restorers.
Annual tractor show
The annual tractor show went on for 20 years in Milford, Delaware until the Potters hung up their hats in 2000. Now this is where two lives collide. In 1991 on the 10th annual Hickory Ridge Farm Show a 15 year old named Russell Geyer III started showing his own farm equipment. Russell showed equipment and participated in the tractor pull competition. Russell being a part of a farming family loved Hickory Ridge. Horrace taught him how to compete. Russell competed at Hickory Ridge for 4 years.
Purchasing and restoring antique farm equipment
After high school graduation he, like most graduates, joined the working class. In 2014 Russell purchased and restored a tractor his family bought new in 1963 which appeared in his wedding to his wife. In 2015 Russell and his wife began purchasing and restoring antique farm equipment. Again a husband and wife team up to rescue these long forgotten power houses. By 2018 the Geyer’s had 18 tractors. Nothing compared to the Potter’s but its a goal to work towards.
A new legacy
After Norma Davis Potter passed away in 2017 the farm was prepared for a new legacy and going up for sale. Friends of the family connected Russell with the Davis/Potter family and in October 2018 Mr. Geyer purchased Hickory Ridge. Vendors, tractors, and exhaust had not filled the show grounds in 20 years. Children had not ran through the property eating hot dogs. People from surrounding states had not taken in Hickory Ridge’s beauty. Russell remembers the smells, the roar of a tractor pulling a load down the track, the American flag whipping in the wind. Russell and his wife vowed to the family the show would come back to Hickory Ridge.
Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Club
On November 3rd 2018 the first Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Club held its meeting. Bylaws and rules were formed, positions were filled, and a sense of pride fell over the 5 members and even 2 junior members in attendance. The club is working hard to have the second Annual Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Show in August 2019. We are looking for more members, including youth members, more vendors, and more sponsors. The family and club want the show to be just like it was. It was a place where history came alive, festivities were affordable, and memories could be made. Hickory Ridge is back and ready to get the show started!
The winner of December’s $200 Steiner gift card is Donald Beebe of Marion, Iowa. Donald has been a subscriber since 2017 and is a fan of International tractors. Congratulations, Donald! View Previous Winners >>
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December’s featured photo was submitted by Brett Nordwald of Warrenton, Missouri.
If you’ve received your new Steiner catalog, this photo will look familiar as it was chosen to be the cover of our 2019 catalog. The photo features a 1957 Farmall 450 owned by the Cobb family of Montgomery City, Missouri. It has been in the family for four generations now and was restored by Brett. Congratulations to Brett and the Cobb Family!
To view all of 2019 catalog contest winning photos, click here.
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Above are two pictures of my son’s Farmall 350, a before and after. I bought this tractor used from a neighbor almost 50 years ago; he had bought it new in 1957.
My son learned to drive on the 350 and for sentimental reasons, he decided to buy it and have it restored / refurbished. When I retired I sold my farm equipment but I kept the 350 and a six foot mower to mow field edges and road sides. As you can see, it didn’t get a lot of TLC in the last twenty two years.
Mechanically it was sound, with a good engine, transmission and torque amplifier, but cosmetically it was ugly! I chased parts all Summer with some yet to go, but I can see the end is near. I drove it home from the paint shop on October the 18th and it was hard to believe it was the same tractor.
Steiner Tractor was a big part of this transformation.