Tutorials Archives - Antique Tractor Blog Skip to main content

Tractor Photography Tips

Tractor Photography Tips

Tractor Photography Tips

  • Portrait vs. Landscape
    Due to the layout of our catalog, portrait photos are more likely to be used on the catalog cover.
  • Where’s the Sun?
    Natural light is good, but too much can create shadows that could take attention away from the tractor. The contrast between the light and dark areas could be too much for the standard settings on your camera to automatically adjust. Overcast days are usually the best for most photography.
  • Location, Location, Location!
    Not everyone has access to mountains, fields or a scenic view, but that’s okay! After all, we’re looking for photos of your tractor! You’ve worked hard on your tractor, let it shine! Simply moving your tractor outdoors, parking in front of a barn, or moving it to an open area, etc. can make a huge difference.
  • Avoid Distractions
    We get it, shops and barns attract clutter and aren’t exactly known for being peachy clean and that’s okay. However, backgrounds can be very distracting in a photo. When you’re familiar with a setting it’s easy to look past things that are right in front of you. Take an extra moment to look around and make sure there’s nothing laying around that will take attention away from your tractor.
  • What’s Your Angle?
    Before you start snapping away, take a walk around your tractor and see which angle will offer the best composition. You may be very surprised how different things can look from another viewpoint and with the light coming from a different direction.
  • What’s Old is New
    Whether your tractor is restored, rusty, in use or resting, we look forward to viewing all of your tractor photos! 
  • Looking for inspiration?
    Check out last years winning photos that were featured in our catalog.

Submit your tractor photos now!

Repair the loose steering on your Ford tractor

Repair the loose steering on your Ford tractor

2015-Ford-Steering-Video-Side

 

 

Does the steering on your Ford tractor need repairing? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating a complete steering gearbox replacement on a Ford 8N. The same technique can be used on a Ford Jubilee, NAA, 600, 800, 2000 4-cyl., and 4000 4-cyl. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel takes you step by step to disassemble your dash and to install the new steering gearbox and drag links. She also shares helpful tips along the way to achieve straight steering. Start watching today >>

Muscle Up Your Classic Ford Tractor

Muscle Up Your Classic Ford Tractor

 

There’s something beautiful about a perfectly restored Ford 8N tractor – but there’s a big soft spot in my heart for a V8 conversion job! It’s one of my favorite custom projects that we’ve done in the shop. Here’s a quick walk-through of conversion kits and the basic steps you’d need to take to muscle up your own Ford 8N tractor. With a proper conversion, you can get an 8N tractor up to 100 horsepower!

 

This tractor was converted by Gary Gray of New Jersey.

This tractor was converted by Gary Gray of New Jersey.

 

You’ll find tractors on the market today that were converted to a V8 using a kit produced by Funk Manufacturing (which was primarily in the aviation business, aka Funk Aviation or Funk Aircraft) of Coffeyville, Kansas. Dealers sometimes bought the kits and converted new tractors themselves, while others were purchased by farmers who already owned an N and wanted to increase their tractor’s power. Funk marketed these kits directly to farmers – my favorite slogan from their literature is “A Husky Beauty with Power to Spare!”

 

These conversion kits were in high demand in the late 40s and early 50s as farmers began to demand more horsepower. The introduction of the 8N wasn’t enough for farmers who wanted to use a 3-bottom plow. Ford couldn’t supply more power fast enough, so these conversion kits became popular. A fire in the Funk factory destroyed many records, so we’re unsure just how many conversion kits were produced. While I’m writing specifically about V8 conversions, Funk also made 6-cylinder conversion kits. Eventually, the blossoming popularity of these kits and the demand from the farmers lead to the Golden Jubilee tractor, which spelled the end of the conversion kits.

 

While other manufacturing companies have made (and continue to make) conversion kits, the Funk Conversion is probably the most common. Sometimes people will refer to any V8 conversion as a “Funk Conversion,” but a true Funk-manufactured conversion kit has some telltale signs, like a cast iron oil pan, a bump in the hood near the dash, and notable raised and extended hood. Funk kits are no longer in manufacture, but can sometimes be found at auction sales.

Ford 8N Conversion Tractor

 You don’t need a special kit to do a conversion, though – in fact, it can be a lot of fun to strike out on your own! With some solid fabrication skills (and access to a machine shop), you can muscle up your own N-series tractor.

Ford 8N Funks conversion in progress

 

There are a lot of things to take into consideration in doing your own conversion. Here’s a list (that doesn’t include everything!) to get you started.

 

  • Choose a flat head engine (without a cast iron bellhousing).
  • You’ll have to stretch the entire tractor to accommodate the longer engine – including the radius arms, steering components, and the hood.
  • The radiator will need two water inlets and outlets. Overheating is a common problem with these conversions. I recommend using a radiator from a 9N with a bigger tank on top, cutting two holes in it so that both water pumps from the flat head engine are operable.
  • Get creative with the gas tank. You can either make it smaller to fit under the hood, or put it somewhere else – the fenders, behind the back seat, longways inside the hood, etc.

Gas tank Ford 8N V8

  • Anything goes with the carburetor! I’ve seen successful conversions with a tri-power, dual quads, or a single carburetor.

Tripple barrel carb

  • Offenhauser or Edelbrock aluminum heads are popular, but this is another area where you can have some fun and get creative.

Alluminum heads Ford 8N

  • Exhaust can be a challenge, but it’s worth figuring out how to make a dual exhaust. Many companies offer kits that you can use.
  • You’ll need to make your own adapter plate.
  • The original ignition can work if you wire it into a modern distributor, or you can replace the entire system.
  • The flywheel and clutch can be one of the biggest challenges to a do-it-yourself approach. The original clutch is too big to fit into the tractor bell housing. We’ve tried out a few different solutions in the shop with our conversion jobs. One time we used a Ford 600 (tractor) clutch plate with a flathead V8 car pressure plate – a shorter one can fit in the bell housing. The clutch was slightly smaller than the original one, but it still worked.
  • The other really challenging part is the starter. Most people will use a flathead starter to match the flathead’s ring gear and flywheel.

Ford 8N V8 engine

 

How about you – have you ever completed a V8 conversion? Share your best tips below in the comments.

 

 

Ford Tractor Valve and Gasket Replacement

Ford Tractor Valve and Gasket Replacement

Ford Valve & Gasket Replacement

Does your tractor have low compression on one of the cylinders? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating a valve job and head gasket replacement on a Ford 134 cubic inch engine. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel takes you step by step to remove and install new seats and valves and sahres many tips along the way! Start watching today >>

How to Replace the Rim on your Tractor

How to Replace the Rim on your Tractor

Rim-Video-Side Is the rim on your tractor corroded? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating the installation of a rim and a tube using tractor supplies you may have around your shop. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel Gingell shows you helpful tips when removing and installing both a rim and tube. She also discusses safety tips to practice during your installation. Start watching today! See many more tractor repair videos for your other tractor restoration projects.

How to Video – Brakes on a John Deere

How to Video – Brakes on a John Deere

Do the brakes on your John Deere function improperly? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating the installation of brake linings on a John Deere 520. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel Gingell shows you helpful tips when installing new brakes. Watch as Rachel takes you step by step through the installation and brake adjustment.

Spring Maintenance on Your Antique Tractor

Spring Maintenance on Your Antique Tractor

Ready to bring your tractor out of hibernation? In this “From the Barn” series – a collection of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online – Dan Fitzgerald shows you how to get your tractor ready for the working season, one of the most routine and necessary maintenance inspections. You’ll receive extra tips that will help you through any necessary repairs with ease. View all our other videos at www.SteinerTractor.TV

Easy Tips for using our site search

Easy Tips for using our site search

5-tipsSEARCH SMARTER BY USING THESE EASY TIPS

Don’t have the extra time to find that part for your broken tractor? Good news! Searching SteinerTractor.com is easier than ever when using these 5 quick tips.

Watch this short tutorial that teaches you how to achieve efficient search results for the parts you need, and how to ‘quick view’ the parts’ data.  Watch the tutorial today >>