One of the great North American tractor collections is the one assembled by Walter Mehmke and his son Carl near Great Falls, Montana. The Mehmke’s collection was eventually turned into a museum. It is a comprehensive collection that includes steam traction engines, Prairie tractors, crawlers, other tractors, assorted farm equipment, quality automobiles and vehicles, and smaller artifacts.
THE NEWBIE - The tractors that we now call “antique” served their owners well in many ways. One of the most important ways was their use in hay harvesting, when they pulled or powered equipment for mowing, raking, and baling. These days, haying is done with modern, enclosed, and air-conditioned tractors, but some people still keep those old machines in use, either out of necessity or as a link to our agricultural past.
LATEST ISSUE - The July/August 2017 issue of Antique Power magazine will be available in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands soon. Our latest cover tractor is a 1938 Eagle 6B, which is owned by the Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum of Colonial Heights, Virginia. The museum has maintained the tractor as it was when it was bought from previous owner John Keener.
THE NEWBIE - Tractor drives are a great way for tractor enthusiasts to come together over their shared love for tractors. "The Newbie" Candace Brown interviews a few clubs to gain insight into tractor drives.
AUCTION NEWS - Summer is a time for enjoying your antique tractor hobby. During the winter, you may be out working in the shop, tweaking all the little things that a tractor needs to keep in running order. Summer is the time to go for an antique tractor drive. Take the tractor to the local show or load it up for a national show a few states away.
THE NEWBIE - At Antique Power, we love connecting newbies to opportunities to learn about and enjoy the wonderful antique tractor hobby. One way is to visit a tractor museum. Whether they feature general collections including all types of tractors, only one make, are free, or require a fee, all offer great experiences.
LATEST ISSUE - The May/June 2017 issue of Antique Power magazine will be available in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands soon. Our cover tractor is a 1937 Farmall F-20 owned by the Dale Vannelli family. The Farmall went into limited production in 1924 and was an immediate success in the field. Sales started slowly, but increased so rapidly that by 1932 over 135,000 had been sold.
THE NEWBIE - There are many opportunities for tractor owners to show off their collections. There are even some where an owner can put his tractor to work. Plow days are a great way to work some old iron and socialize. Candace Brown talks with two clubs about their annual plow days and what participants can expect.
LATEST ISSUE - The March/April 2017 issue of Antique Power magazine will be available in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands soon. Our cover tractor is a 1912 Big Four 30 owned by Kenny Kass. I enjoyed researching and writing about the history of the Big Four tractors and Kass' model.
AUCTION NEWS - Traveling to auctions can present many opportunities for fun and education on farming history. When planning your auction schedule, look to see if there are any neat museums or historic sites you can visit along the way. You may get an experience you never expected.
THE NEWBIE - For her newest post, "The Newbie" Candace Brown explains the history and uses of belt pulleys in older tractors. She also shares several videos of tractors with their belt pulleys in action.
AUCTION NEWS - Spring brings more than just sunshine and warmer temperatures. There is planting to think about, but there are also auctions abound. One must strike a balance between work and fun. Cindy Ladage brings a few auctions that can fit into anyone's busy spring and summer schedules.
THE NEWBIE - The February 2017 post of The Newbie was titled "TRACTOR DECALS — Water Transfer, Mylar, or Vinyl?"and presented a general overview of this important aspect of tractor restoration. In this post, I will share more of what this newbie has learned.
AUCTION NEWS - Despite the groundhog predicting six more weeks of winter, my mom has a few tulips poking through the soil, and we have even had a few balmy days this February in central Illinois. We may be in for a false sense of security as far as the weather goes, but we can depend on some fun auctions coming our way.