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1953 Farmall Super A

I am submitting this information and these photos on behalf of my Grandfather. He has worked hard his entire life to help provide for his family. He stops at nothing to give everyone the very best of him.

My name is William H. Patterson (also known as Cotton Patterson.) I am a 77 year old resident of Clay County, Alabama. I have been working in the fields and maintaining gardens since I was old enough to hold a tool and differentiate between a weed and a crop. I started at five years old and used mules until the year 1960. That was the year I was able to purchase my tractor. I worked driving a school bus until I could save up the money to purchase a 1953 Super A International Farmall from a man in Talladega, Alabama. I paid $900 for the tractor plus some equipment. I have rebuilt the engine three times and in my opinion, there is no better tractor than my international. I maintain three gardens and we grow and harvest everything from corn to watermelon. Being able to retire those mules has been one of my greatest blessings.

William Patterson of Talladega, Alabama

Minneapolis Moline ZAU

This is a 1949 Minneapolis Moline ZAU that was the first tractor my Dad, Norbert Zangl, bought after farming with horses on the Zangl family homestead since the mid 1930s. It was purchased from Otto Neumann Steam Engine Company of Fond du Lac, WI in 1949 for the price of $1350. That price also included the corn cultivator.

I inherited the tractor after doing a large welding job for my Dad. When he insisted on paying me I told him I’d rather have the “Z”, as it was always called. After stopping in the field in the mid-1980s, it had been coaxed to the fenceline and that’s where it sat for 7-8 years. Sometime after that it was pulled into an old storage shed with a dirt floor, and sat there for another 6 years. When I towed it out in 1997 the tires were sunk in the ground up to the rims.

I worked on it off and on for 10 years, taking it apart down to the last nut and bolt, cleaning the parts by hand, burning out one drill, and going through so many wire brushes I finally lost count. I bought a second tractor to use for engine parts, fenders, etc. Total time on restoring just the tractor was 700 hours.

In April 2008, when it was finally done and ready for painting, we had a garage fire. The Z was still up on blocks only needing new tires and couldn’t be moved. Luckily the fire never made it to that corner of the building, and it was saved. Painting was completed by Capital Painting of Waupun, WI in July of that year. The corn cultivator that Pa bought with the tractor was restored during the winter of 2011-’12; and the hay mower, purchased in ’54, was finished in July of 2013.

In the August 2008 the Z made its debut at the MM National Summer Show in Burnette, WI sponsored by the Dodge County Antique Power Club. Now that it’s completely restored, it’s only used for parades and display at tractor shows – a well deserved rest for Pa’s first mechanical horse.

Roger Zangl of Lomira, Wisconsin

*This photo is a winner of the Steiner Tractor Parts 2020 catalog photo contest.

Life With All Our Tractors

I was born and raised here on a 280 acre farm in West Central Wisconsin. My Great Grandfather purchased the farm in 1897. My wife Kathy and I built our home on the Northeast corner of the farm in 1977. We had Case and IH tractors and equipment when I was growing up.

In 1970 I worked on the Loren Young farm and he had Olivers, 880, Super 88 and 77, all diesels. I fell in love with those Olivers and his daughter Kathy. We were married September 1, 1973. We have four children and seven granchildren. My son Scott and I are diesel mechanics by trade, we have a large shop were we work on our old tractors, six of which are sued for antique and farm pulling.

My grandson Xander pulled his Moline U for the first time in Fountain City. He took a 1st and 2nd in his classes. His dad Scott and I were very proud of him. He did a great job for only being 8 years old, but he has lots of hours of practice at home. We had three generations pulling that night.

We have purchased parts from Steiner Tractor Parts over the years. You have an excellent and friendly staff with reasonably priced parts. I also enjoy your catalog. Here are a few photos of some of our collection.

Ed and Kathy Chamberlain
Black River Falls, Wisconsin

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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1954 Ford Jubilee Restoration

I bought this 1954 Ford Jubilee 2 years ago and started buying parts for it. In July of 2018 I started to rebuild and paint it, once I started I just couldn’t stop myself. It is my first tractor restoration and it is very addictive. Now I am looking for the next project.

Kenneth Holder
Gilbert, Louisiana

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Starting to reassemble.
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Allis Chalmers B

Our customer, Kenneth, in Idaho is doing a complete restoration on an Allis Chalmers B.  He’s been purchasing everything to rebuild from Steiner. 

Parts to rebuild the Fairbanks Morse magneto, new gauges, a new battery box, carb rebuild,  a new steering wheel, various gaskets, eccentric style rear wheel clamps, seat cushions and hardware, muffler and raincap as well as various knobs, caps, cables and boots. 

Thanks for being such a loyal customer, Kenneth! We can’t wait to see this project come together.  Keep the pictures coming!

Best Family and their Family Tractors

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The Best Brothers, Casey and Spencer and their sister’s Maggie and Emma are part of the Smith Family of Jones County Texas. We have been Americans since 1677 and Texans since before 1858. We still own the Smith Family Farm near Hamlin, TX that George Wood Smith moved his family to in 1921 in a mule drawn wagon. There was no highway here then, The Family arrived on Thanksgiving Day in 1921.

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Casey and Spencer Best started going to the South Plains Antique Show in Lubbock 7 years ago, Casey in a stroller and Spencer in his Mother Sally’s arms or in Dad Shawn’s arms. Just-some-of-my-girlsSeveral years ago they asked Grandpa G if we could have a tractor to enter in the tractor show and of course I said yes. Well the 2014 tractor show, the tractor became reality for two Best Brothers at that time only 8 and 7 years old. But now we have the H Farmall, a Farmall C and a Farmall Regular. Sharon's-Phone-1183Only time will tell when the new additions will be at the tractor show but we are working on them. As you can see in the photos, the Best Brothers are hands on tractor owners. You can not even imagine the fun that Grandpa G gets from the Best Brothers and their tractors. By the way we also have a 46 Flexible bus that will soon be pulling tractors with 6 bunks, restroom and kitchen facilities for a real Texas Road Trip to the tractor shows. So Spencer says do you think that George Wood Smith is proud of his name on the lane to the farmhouse, I think so. I have no idea if our ancestors can see us working on the tractors and on the farm but if they are watching they love the Smith Family Farm, 94 years and counting. We will be here on Thanksgiving 2021, some or all of the Family. I sure hope I get to make that event, I will be 77.

Jerry Smith
Hamlin, Texas

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