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.
The Big Four earned its name from the big, 4-cylinder engine that powered it. The Big Four 30's engine had a 6.5x8-inch bore and stroke and produced 30 drawbar horsepower and 60 horsepower at the belt. Capable of pulling several implements at a time, this prairie tractor was ideal for large farming operations.
Other articles in this issue include:
- Jared Weaver's Family Heirloom - Restoring a 1955 Allis-Chalmers WD-45 to pass on to the next generation (Karen O'Brien; Al Rogers)
- Big, Red, and Bouncy - Why was the Massy-Harris 744D a commercial failure? (Peter Henshaw)
- A California Hi-Crop - Ron Morris' 1942 John Deere HNH is a rare variant of the Model H. (Candace Brown)
- A Family Farmall - George Schmidt keeps his grandfather's 1957 Farmall 350 in the family. (Ray Hoffman)
- The Last Detail - David Potter finishes his 1930 Allis-Chalmers scale model. (Brad Bowling)