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 Eagle Mfg. Co. of Appleton, Wisconsin, was founded in 1888 by the Saiberlich brothers, Edward, Frank, and Oscar. Eagle made a name for itself with forage equipment, such as hay carriers, feed cutters, and silo fillers. ... Eagle was best known for its 2-cylinder tractors, having a long run with them from 1913 to 1930, primarily aimed at the threshing trade.
In 1930, Eagle made a radical shift from two cylinders, all the way to six cylinders. The first 6-cylinder model, the Eagle 6A ... was a solid machine weighing 4,700 pounds and had a 22-37hp rating. It compared favorably to the Rumely 6A, introduced by Advance-Rumely at about the same time.
... The industry trend toward lighter, more versatile tractors led to Eagle introducing the Model 6B in 1936. Eagle called this row crop machine, "The Universal Tractor."
You can read the rest of the story in our July/August 2017 issue of Antique Power!
Other articles in this issue include:
- A Kansas Challenge Joe Ballentine gave his 1927 Case Crossmotor 12-20 tractor the attention it deserved. (Ray Hoffman’s interview with Joe Ballentine)
- A California Funk Engine Conversion Ray Dias describes how he saved a Ford 8N with a rare overhead-valve 6-cylinder Funk engine conversion. (Ray Dias)
- A Match Made in Yakima John Swanson talks about his seldom seen Yakima tool carrier mounted on his nicely restored 1952 John Deere Model B. (Ray Hoffman’s interview with John Swanson)
- A Tractor Named Charlie Emily Kuret’s search for an early tractor lands her a 1919 Hart-Parr Model 30A, and she “gets by with a little help from her friends.” (Rick Mannen)
- Smooth Power The Keystone museum’s 1938 Eagle 6B is a special gem in a collection of high-quality treasures. (Rick Mannen)
- The D-21—Eight Tons of Solid Muscle Darryl Krause sent a lucky email to Oregon and became the owner of the first Allis-Chalmers Model D-21 ever made. (Candace Brown)
- Out of the Cold The Original Tractor Cab Co. offered foul weather protection to farmers from 1939 to the early 1970s. (Pete Costisick)