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Farmall M Restoration

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.

Gaylen Anderson
Oakland, Nebraska

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Experimental Farmall M Tractor

When I was at the Red Power Round Up in Sedalia, MO this past summer, I spotted this interesting experimental tractor. The M is owned by Wayne Hutton of Clarence, MO.

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The tractor comes from Burr Ridge–the IH experimental farm in Hinsdale, IL. The tractor was tested extensively both at the IH farm and at other local farms.

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Wayne has done a lot of research on the tractor – here are his own words (from the display card attached to the M) describing the differences and history of this really unique tractor.

Many features were different than the M.

  • At the Experimental Farm is was known as M-8. It has 8 forward speeds and two reverse speeds. Road gear was blocked out. This idea was later used in the 06 series.
  • The hydraulic system isn’t a belly pump. The pump is in the rear end and uses the oil in the rear end as the different, the hydraulic levers are different and also the platform.
  • The brake and clutch pedals were changed. Disc brakes were used then later on the Super M. The Brake lock was changed on the platform also. 
  • The tractor has a live PTO shaft. The brakes were made lower to allow for the PTO shaft to go to the rear of the tractor. It had an over center PTO gear box and lever that is gone. This is what the later model tractors had.IMG_1107
  • The tractor is all different behind the motor. The light bracket, amp box, choke lever, bell housing, starter, axles and housing. The axles were bigger and longer and the housing were made shorter, also the belt pulley is different.IMG_1109
  • The axles were changed to bigger as one fall a 2 row mounted corn picker was being used and an axle broke so they took it in and put in bigger axles.
  • The tractor has a M/W governor and behlem power steering pump.
  • The tractor has a 4 ⅛” piston. It must have been a power plant motor as it has a boss on side of motor for a fuel pump.

After testing, these tractors were supposed to be disassembled (to check wear patterns) and then destroyed. Somehow, this tractor escaped destruction and found its way into Wayne’s hands. I’m so glad it did! It’s really neat to see how early ideas were tested before mass production.

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Family Farmall – New to Rust to Restoration

IH-Guy-WhalenThis tractor was purchased brand new in 1948 by my wife’s great Grandfather Claire Coates of Gunnison Utah. Its original purpose was to be a belt drive for the largest stationary thrasher in Utah at that time. It ran the thrasher until sometime in the 60’s when they got there first combine. By this time the Farmall proved to not serve much purpose on our farm as the technology had changed so much and larger more versatile tractors were being used. It was put in a shed until the late 80’s when it was brought out and setup with a Farmhand loader as the IH 450 the loader was on had just dropped a piston. My M served as our loader tractor faithfully until 2008. October 26, 2009 146 In the fall of that year the wide front end fell victim to the gravel we were moving and snapped in half. The tractor was destined for the scrapper until I decided to restore it as part of my graduation project from Utah State University. So in January 2010 we loaded the 48′ M and a large amount of parts from a 51′ M that was still around and hauled them to Logan Utah. My wife, a few friends, and myself began the project of restoring the tractor by May 1st. It took many long hours and a lot of frustration but we were able to see it through.
It has been neat learning about Farmall tractors and the differences. We have really gotten a kick out of the purists who hate the two-tone paint. No one knows why but that is how it was picked up from the dealer brand new.
One additional funny story. Our tractor had lost the teeth on the flywheel in the late 90’s. My wife’s 78 year old Grandpa (who was there at the dealer to see the red and white paint in person) worked the farm alone until 2005. The way he would start the Farmall was to hook it to the 2440 John Deere, put the M in low gear with the choke out, and pull start it. He would then stop the John Deere and run back to the Farmall as fast as he could to let it out of gear before it crashed into the back of the Deere. He was quite a master at this and I regret not getting it on film. He did this at least once a day for over 10 years.
I attached a before picture from about six months prior to the beginning of the restoration as I am very proud of the finished result. We used many parts from Steiner and still do to keep it running tip top for antique tractor pulls and its weekly harrowing job on our 4 acres.
The picture I submitted is from the middle of one of our hay fields where this tractor spent its first 60 years.
Guy Whalen
Veyo, Utah

Half-Scale Super M Farmall

Take a good look at this tractor – at first glance, it looks like a regular (and very nicely restored!) Super M Farmall. But when you look closely, you might notice that something seems a little off in the background – the tractor’s too small! That’s because this is a picture of an impeccably done half-scale tractor, handcrafted by Kurt Smith of Milan, Michigan.

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Kurt started on this project last January with a Cub Cadet 122 tractor. By the end of May, he had transformed it into this stunning replica of a Super M.

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Here are some of the special things Kurt had to do to make the tractor look just right:

 

The grill started with a flat sheet of metal, with the bars cut out on a CNC machine. Kurt bent it to the perfect curve and had his machinist perfect it.

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These rear wheel weights are made of wood. The front wheel centers are a metal plate to cover the original centers of the Cub Cadet. The metal plates are designed and painted to resemble the centers of a real Farmall Super M tractor. The very center cap is actually the cap off of a 2-Liter sprite bottle that has been sanded and painted. To remove the wheel you have to remove the three chrome bolts and then it will come off!

 

This Super M is Kurt’s 34th half-scale tractor. This started as a hobby, and in 2010 he turned it into a full-time business. The Little Tractor Company manufactures custom half-scale tractors of all types, around 7 per year. He’s only made three show tractors – the rest are all made to order. He enjoys the variety of working with different brands, and has made Oliver, Cockshutt, Minneapolis Moline, Farmall/IH, and John Deere Tractors. They range in price from $10,000 to $20,000. The Super M was $17,500.

 

I met Kurt at a tractor show in Wauseon, OH this past June. Here’s a picture of his half-scale 5020. What a neat project!

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To find out more about Kurt and his little tractors, check out his website – thelittletractorco.com