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Red 4WD Tractors by Lee Klancher

Red 4WD Tractors

The story of the 4-wheel drive tractors built by Steiger, International Harvester, Case, and Case IH is told in dramatic fashion in this new authoritative guide. Starting with the development of early 4-wheel drive systems at International Harvester, Red 4WD Tractors traces the evolution and design of some of the most powerful and capable tractors of the 20th century.

Learn the complete story of Steiger tractors, which were designed and built in the barn of John, Douglass and Maurice Steiger near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. Dig deep into the 4-wheel drives built by International Harvester, from the newly discovered first machine built in 1912 to the final series of Super 70 models of which only a very few were produced.

This volume features heavy research and coverage of International Harvester 4WDs, including newly uncovered details about why the 4300 Series failed, how the Steiger-built IH 66 Series was designed in a secret garage, and why the 2+2 Series was abandoned in 1985. J.I. Case offered an interesting line of 4WD tractors as well, and the colorful history of those powerful machines is traced in detail, including photos of all the orange-and-white 4WD Case tractors.

Written by Lee Klancher and the same team that created the award-winning books Red Tractors 1958-2013 and Red Combines 1915-2015, this book is a must-have for any tractor and farming history enthusiast. All the 4WD models from International Harvester, Case, Steiger, and Case IH are shown. The book includes the design and development history of the tractors, with first-hand accounts from the engineers and other product-development specialists at IH and Case IH who brought them to life.

Red 4WD Tractors: High-Horsepower All-Wheel-Drive Tractors from International Harvester, Steiger, J.I. Case & Case IH, Lee Klancher, hardcover, 384 pages, color photographs, $75, Octane Press, www.octanepress.com.

Registration Now Open for Gathering of the Green 2018

Gathering of the Green banner

BREAKING NEWS – REGISTER ONLINE NOW! Go to www.gatheringofthegreen.com and click on REGISTRATION.

Registration IS NOW OPEN for the Gathering of the Green 2018 – March 21-24, 2018, in Davenport, Iowa. You are enthusiastically encouraged to join us in the heartland of America for this outstanding conference. Learn about all aspects of restoration and collection through educational and historical workshops, enjoy evening speakers, shop the dozens of vendors, participate in trips/tours, and view significant tractors and awesome displays. But perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the Gathering is visiting old friends, making new ones, sharing and learning more about your John Deere passion, and talking tractors around the clock. REGISTER ONLINE NOW.

23rd Annual Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show

1949 Allis-Chalmers B

Photo courtesy the Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Assn.

The 23rd Annual Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show will be held in Forest Park, 302 North Locust, Ottawa, Kansas, on Sept. 8-10, and will also host the Gathering of the Orange National Show. The show will feature Allis-Chalmers tractors and Maytag engines, and events will include the Parade of Power, hay baling, kiddie tractor pull, shingle making and garden tractor pull. A free bean supper (with gate fee) will be provided Friday night, with church service Sunday. Dogs are not allowed. Admission is $3 for all three days. For more information, contact (785) 241-0834 or visit powerofthepast.net.

Tractor Brand Mailbox by Distel Grain Systems


If you can wear your heart on your sleeve, why not put it on your mailbox, too? Proudly proclaim your brand loyalty with a fully licensed tractor brand mailbox from Distel Grain Systems. All models feature authentic styling and trademarks, meet U.S. Postal Service specifications and can easily be installed on almost any mailbox post.

Each mailbox features sturdy galvanized steel construction and durable powder-coat finish. Large, heavy-duty estate models are also available in an extra-large size (24in x 12in x 12in), formed of 21 pounds of heavy-duty, 16-gauge welded steel construction with a baked-on powder-coat finish and reinforced opening with magnetic latch.

The offering includes John Deere, Case IH, Farmall, AGCO, Massey Ferguson, Allis-Chalmers and Oliver. Call (800) 426-1848; online at Distel Grain.

Thermocure Rust Remover


Need a rust remover for a cooling system? Thermocure claims to be safe, simple and easy to use. Thermocure restores the engine’s ability to transfer heat to the coolant, which allows the engines to run cooler and last longer. Thermocure works great in automobiles, ATVs, diesels, RVs and tractors.

Thermocure is designed to remove rust scale and deposits from radiators, water pumps, water jackets, engine blocks and heads. The procedure is simple. Once the cooling system is completely drained and coolant is removed from the radiator, add a mixture of Thermocure and water to the radiator. The vehicle should be run for three to four hours up to three days, depending on the amount of rust. The cooling system is then drained and flushed twice with water. Add a high-quality antifreeze after the system is flushed to prevent future problems. Available at Walmart.

Sole Scraper Footwear Cleaner



If you don’t mind tromping about in the mud, but you’re less enthusiastic about dragging it into your pickup, the Sole Scraper may be just the ticket. Attached to the hitch on your vehicle, the scraper makes it easy to clean footwear outside. Available in three sizes, the hitch model is held in place with a lock pin. Easy to attach and remove, it will not interfere with a pull-behind.

The Sole Scraper’s unique design features a blade that cuts into mud and debris, and a brush with 57 rubber bristles to dig into tread.

An outdoor model is available for use at the base of tree stands, enhancing safety when climbing rungs and preventing mud from falling while climbing, the noise of which could scare off that monster buck you have your eye on! Sole Scraper hitch model, $39.99 plus tax and shipping; outdoor model, $59.99 plus tax and shipping; available at www.solescraper.com.

Prizes for 2017 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion

Advance-Rumely steam engine

The Farm Collector crew will be back at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2017!

Join senior editor Leslie C. McManus and advertising sales rep Terri Keitel at our tent across from the food pavilion. We'll be sharing space with the National Hay Tool Collectors Assn. this year, and we'll have the following prizes available from our sponsors:

Heritage Farm Power – Oliver tractor umbrella
Ken Buell
Raymore, Missouri
(816) 322-1898

Klein Brothers Hardware – one pair of overalls
Malinta, Ohio
(419) 256-7741

Hagerty Insurance – Hagerty gift bag
Traverse City, Michigan
(877) 922-9701

SpecCast – Oliver 1750 Diesel Wide Front toy tractor
Dyersville, Iowa
(563) 875-8706

Little Rumely Man, by Beth Douglass Silcox
Noblesville, Indiana

Astragal Press – The Point of It All: Understanding the Designs and Variations in Antique Barbed Fencing
Finney Company, Inc.
5995 149th Street West, Suite 105
Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124
(952) 469-6699

Farm To Feet – sock drawer makeover with 10 pairs of socks
Nester Hosiery
Mount Airy, North Carolina
(336) 891-3222