Books for the Antique Iron Buff
Between the Bookends: New releases offer comprehensive resource for collector, restorer and enthusiast
Books for the antique iron buff: New releases offer comprehensive resource for collector, restorer and enthusiast.
Five books made our review list:
— How to Paint Your Tractor, by Tharran E. Gaines
— Garden Tractors: Deere, Cub Cadet, Wheel Horse, and All the Rest, 1930s to Current, by Oscar H. Will III
— How to Restore Ford Tractors: The Ultimate Guide to Rebuilding and Restoring N-Series and Later Tractors 1939-1962, by Tharran E. Gaines
— How to Keep Your Classic Tractor Alive, by Spencer Yost
— The Farm Tractor: 100 Years of North American Tractors, by Ralph Sanders
A painting primer
As it turns out, you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. When it comes to painting a rusting hulk of a tractor, all you need is time, money, plenty of elbow grease – and Tharran Gaines’ new book, How to Paint Your Tractor.
Gaines is quick to admit that he’s no restoration artiste. But he’s studied carefully the techniques of those who are – and the results of that careful research are presented in this comprehensive, easy-to-follow tutorial.
Beginning with the process of setting up a shop, Gaines gives a methodical explanation of what’s needed, what options exist, and the pros and cons of every factor in the painting process. Essential techniques are illustrated through more than 250 color photos. The text follows a logical progression from introduction of the basics to the sometimes nerve-wracking decal application, and the author is careful to explain both the correct procedure and the potential pitfalls of shortcuts.
Topping it off: a handy index, list of parts vendors, paint codes and trouble-shooting suggestions to get derailed projects back on track – making this an indispensable book for any tractor restorer.
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