1934 McCormick-Deering – September/October 2015 Cover Story

The 1934 McCormick-Deering WD-40 on the September/October 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is one of three machines McCormick-Deering produced in advance of regular WD-40 manufacture. The owner has thoroughly researched and documented its history, and he believes its “503” serial number makes it the third of those three pre-production units.

I enjoyed photographing it for this cover story, as well as visiting with its restorers. The tractor’s owner, Eric Best, wrote the story that accompanies my photos.

September/October 2015 Antique Power cover

September/October 2015 Antique Power cover

What else is in this issue?


  • A Case of Family History — Jonathan and Wayne Woodrum’s 1967 Case 430 (Mark C. Dalton)
  • Craftsmen & Heirlooms – Buddie Knutson’s Galloway Farmobile (Jim Hinckley)
  • Industrial Deere – Charles Jay’s Yellow John Deere MI (Candace Brown)
  • The Best McCormick-Deering – In 1934, IH ordered three pre-production WD-40s; Eric Bests’ tractor is number three! (Eric Best)
  • Short Life, Long Shadow – Minneapolis-Moline’s 5 Star (Chad Elmore)
  • Single Wheel with Umbrella – 1958 Ford 741 (Ray Hoffman)
  • Getting a Rusty Restoration Right (Tim W. Elder)


  • Of Grease & Chaff — Special Tools, Pt. 1.5 (Ted Kalvitis)
  • The Canada Connection — Ideal for More than a Century (Rick Mannen)
  • The Yankee’s Attic — Dual Images (Ed Bezanson)
  • Tech Tips — When Multi/Trans-Disciplinary Knowledge Failed Me (Ted Kalvitis)
  • Tractor Show — Readers show off their favorites

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