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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.
This tractor is a 1943 Minneapolis Moline ZTU. It was sold new by the owner of Coleman Equipment in Bonner Springs, KS. Of course, new tractors were very scarce during the war but the story I was told was that the dealership learned of this new tractor being stored on the seventh floor of a warehouse in Kansas City and was able to obtain the tractor to sell to a farmer. Approximately 40 years later that same tractor was traded back to Coleman Equipment by the original farmer. At that time the original dealership owner decided to restore the tractor and keep it as part of his collection. I was very fortunate to be able to purchase this tractor in 2015 and I look forward to enjoying it for many years and preserving its history.
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!
“The story behind the tractor: it is a 1957 Minneapolis Moline 445 it was purchased jointly by my father and grandfather in 1988 (I was 2 years old) from a used equipment dealer in St. Cloud Minnesota. Not much was known about its former life however when I did the restoration I found that the seat had been replaced with a John Deere seat and the top gauge panel cover was heavily bonded together which lead us to believe that a large tree branch fell on it at some point in its previous life. From 1988 forward it spent its life as a work horse for the Determan family grading our ¼ mile drive way in the Summer and moving snow in the Winter along with many other jobs until the late 1990’s when water got in to the exhaust and froze up the #2 cylinder and that is how it sat for years until March of 2015 when I decided to restore it. I dedicated it to my Grandfather Walter and it has jump started a great hobby that my entire family is getting involved in and it’s bringing us closer together.”
“As the pace and size of farming grows, so grows the need for power… Power that can wheel wide, acre-covering gangs of implements. Power that can do two jobs in the time it would take to do one.” These lines are from an original 1967 advertisement for one of my favorite Moline tractors: the big MM G1000.
I love this advertisement so much that I made it a part of my personal literature collection. The G1000 is a classic for a reason – but have you heard of some of these collectible models?
When I was the Mecum auction in Davenport, IA in April, this rare G1000 Vista Diesel with FWA was offered for sale. The casting number located under the platform confirmed that it was a FWA model from the factory.
The tractor belonged to a farmer and collector from Sulley, Iowa. He purchased it in Canada in 2007 but had a 4-month struggle with customs while attempting to bring it across the border. After getting a lawyer involved, it was finally released from customs and put to work on his 6,000 acres of corn and soybeans.
The Vista models sit higher than the standard G1000, providing extra visibility and dust protection. They also separate the driver a little bit more from the heat from the engine. A shifter on the side is also more comfortable for the driver.
Vista models are neat, but when combined with the FWA option they become even more special. According to the seller, this tractor was one of 52 FWA models originally made, but Moline collectors only know of about 25 remaining. The FWA option was offered from the factory for two years, 1968 and 1969.
This combination is rare enough to be very valuable. The gavel fell at the Mecum auction this past April at $44,000. Auction results from Machinery Pete show that a similar model in running, original condition sold for $32,000 back in November of 2015.
This wasn’t the only interesting G1000 for sale at the Mecum auction this past April, either. The very first retail G1000 Row Crop LP also crossed the auction block, although the seller’s reserve was not met.
The G1000 was also offered in a Wheatland version. Here’s a picture of one offered for sale at the Polk auction this past March.
Moline called themselves the World’s Finest Tractors. What a slogan! These G1000s are sure persuasive.
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
Can you recognize these tractors (make and model) without their color or decal?
Give your answers in the comments below – and come back on Thursday for the results!