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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 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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May $200 Gift Card Winner

May $200 Gift Card Winner

The winner of the May’s $200 Steiner gift card is Patrick Volk of Claremont, Illinois. Patrick has been a Steiner customer for over 1 year and his favorite tractor brand is International. Congrats, Patrick! View Previous Winners

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Steiner Apparel Line

Steiner Apparel Line
New T-Shirts Now Available
We are excited to announce the launch of our new apparel line. We are kicking things off with new exclusive Steiner t-shirts. Designed with a loose fit for the hot summer, our t-shirts are perfect for everyday wear or your next local tractor show. Add a pop of color and rock Steiner gear along with your tractor! Check back soon for more items as we continue to add to our apparel line. View Shirts >>
 

April $200 Gift Card Winner

April $200 Gift Card Winner

$200 Gift Card WinnerThe winner of the April $200 Steiner gift card is David Burrier of Frederick, Maryland. David has been a Steiner customer for 3 years and is a fan of International Harvester tractors. Congratulations, David! View Previous Winners

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Four Rivers Career Center

Four Rivers Career Center
Four Rivers Career Center

Andrew Hellmann, Tyler Moore, Kyla Hueffmeier, Allen Shepard, Chris Nowak, Brandon Julius, Zach Jasper, Eli Frost, Alexis Musket, Lucas Hellebusch, David Ley, Nick Dierking and Dan Brinkmann

Four Rivers Career Center Tractor Restoration

We would like to welcome the Four Rivers Career Center to our tractor family. The FRCC will be sharing a new video series to our SteinerTractor.TV channel. The students from Four Rivers Career Center are restoring a 1949 John Deere A, and a 1951 Farmall H. In the first video they outline the criteria to participate in the program then give a little heads up on upcoming projects. Check back to watch the progress as the students complete the restoration on these tractors, and include a few video tips of things they have learned.

How the Program Evolved

I teach Automotive Technology at Four Rivers Career Center (4RCC) in Washington Missouri. We have high school and adult students in our class. I am one of two instructors in the Auto program. At the career center, we have several programs available to students that you could check out on the website if you like. Its an awesome place to get a project built as there are many skilled trades in the building. This is 14 years under my belt as an instructor.

In 2008, I was approached by a friend of mine to see if any students would be interested in rebuilding a motorcycle top to bottom. Since this does not fit in the curriculum, I needed to find a way to fit the project in. I had all summer to think about it and then I decided to try and use the motorcycle for student advantage and mine as well.  This was the starting point of what we call Night Shift at 4RCC.

For student to participate in Night Shift I wanted to set standards that would drive students to achieve higher standards in school that would make them better prepared for the work force when they entered it.

The standards are:

  • 95% Attendance
  • Turn in homework 100% of the time
  • CANNOT fail another class
  • 85% minimum grade in the class at 4RCC
  • Cannot upset the boss (me or any other instructor at 4RCC)
  • Cannot get in trouble with the law
  • Belong to SkillsUSA or FFA
  • Mandatory parent meeting at the beginning

There is no cost to the student to participate. I have been volunteering my time to this program and will continue to as long as my wife allows me to. We meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 3:30-7 at 4RCC.​ It started as an Auto Tech only class but has evolved into something a lot bigger now. Students are responsible not only for the project at hand but also are required to cook meals at Night Shift as well. This is to help prepare them for college life if they need it… I try to encourage them to prepare healthy meals to break them of the dependence of fast food.

Early projects included motorcycles, cars and pickups. We mainly made routine repairs and some advanced diagnostics that were not possible during the regular schedule of the day. I did notice when the weather would get warmer, student numbers would drop off with these projects. In 2014 we did work on three Peterbilt semi trucks for the ATHS show in Springfield Missouri. I noticed the participation was through the roof! I started that year with 12 and ended with the same 12. That was a signal for me that students want to work on something other than the normal day.

I had brought in a Ford 841 of my cousin’s to repair a failed second gear. I noticed the students REALLY got into the project. Since we were splitting the machine, we decided to paint it. The next year the students took on a 960 Ford and made it a little nicer! In 2015, we decided to go all out and dove into a Massey Ferguson 180 owned since new by my Uncle Jim.

The 180 officially became mine on September 5, 2015. I wanted to refine the 180 and to show-pony status as it was a huge influence on me as a boy. I had the right machine, students, and the time was right to pull the trigger. We almost completely dismantled the 180 to make needed repairs, but took it a step further. All castings are smoothed out to make the tractor look glass smooth. This pushed the students farther than they thought they could go and achieve results and have such a pride in work they can call their own.

All the students can put their hand on a part of the tractor and claim it as their own. They had to remove the part, repair it, refine it, paint it, then install it. As we went on in the project, employers were hiring these students right and left since these students already know how to work and manage themselves in a work setting. It’s funny how an old tractor can build a future for someone…

Night Shift has evolved from just Auto Tech students to district wide and even have some elementary students joining us now. Its purpose is to get those kids on the fence to make good life decisions and provide them with life skills and a sense of pride in knowing you can accomplish something big if your willing to put in the time and effort.

We recently worked on a 1948 Farmall C for the Knights of Columbus Journey For Charity tractor cruise. It was raffled off in September 2017 and proceeds went to local food pantries. It is also highly refined and building character in these students.

Dan Brinkman

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