Ford 630 and 640 Combines

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Circa-1970s Ford combine brochure cover

Circa-1970s Ford combine brochure.

courtesy Alan Easley

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The evolution of technology in agricultural engineering in the 1920s and ’30s (and the way it overhauled traditional farm practices) is uniquely fascinating.

But later leaps forward are also noteworthy, as pointed out by Farm Collector reader Alan Easley, Columbia, Mo.

“I realize that this Ford combine brochure is not nearly as old as most of the ads you publish in Iron Age Ads,” Alan says, “but I think that it is a pretty neat piece. It definitely highlights the difference between late 1960s and early ’70s technology and today’s highly advanced machines.

“I owned a Ford 630 combine for several years during the 1970s,” he adds. “It was somewhat awkward to operate and the German engineering would leave you scratching your head at times when you were working on repairs. However, when compared to other brands on the market at that time, it did its job about as well as any of them.

“I’d hate to climb into one of them today, knowing I had a thousand acres to harvest, but at the time I was really glad to have it.” FC

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