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2019 Classic Green Reunion

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It's one of the biggest John Deere shows in the country: The Classic Green Reunion, June 13-15, at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska!

You won't want to miss over 100,000 square feet of indoor displays and acres of outdoor exhibits. See rare and one-of-a kind antique and classic tractors from around the world. You can also take part in seminars on history, tune-ups and more, and see working demonstrations and daily parades. Find out more or register at

Classic Green Reunion
June 13-15, 2019
Fonner Park
Grand Island, Nebraska

TRACTOR Books by Lee Klancher

TRACTOR book by Lee Klancher TRACTOR book by Lee Klancher


This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century – a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with a pencil drawing and a welder.

The book includes stories of the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of 4- and 6-cylinder tractors, to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. The book moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of the high-technology innovations such as smart farms and auto-guidance which are changing the farm as we know it. This raucous, heartfelt book shines a light on some of the bright minds and innovative companies which emerged from the fertile fields of America’s heartland.

Buy the Green Edition and the Red Edition TRACTOR books by Lee Klancher on the Octane Press website, and use the discount code FARMCOL18 for 10 percent off your order!

Dennis Carpenter Ford Tractor Restoration Parts

Ford tractor

If you're looking for Ford tractor parts made like the original, contact Dennis Carpenter Ford Tractor Restoration Parts for your restoration needs. Dennis Carpenter has been reproducing quality O.E.M. type restoration parts for classic 1939-1964 Ford tractors, and a percentage of those parts are officially licensed by Ford. Also available are parts for 1932-96 Ford trucks and 1932-72 Ford cars.

Dennis Carpenter Ford Tractor Restoration Parts
4140 Concord Pkwy S
Concord, NC 28027

Phone: 800-476-9653

Looking to Buy Gas Engine Collection

Engine collection

Looking to invest money that I have, I would like to buy one or more complete engine collections. Five to 200 engines. I am not looking to cherry pick just the best. If you are thinking of changing paths, getting out of the hobby or have inherited a collection and want to sell it all at once, please contact me.

I will pay a fair price and take everything all at once. I am very serious and have the funds available. Thanks for thinking of me.

Mike O'Malley
(978) 479-9596

Martin Model & Pattern

Gas engine flywheel

Need a replacement flywheel or need one custom-made? Contact Martin Model & Pattern for your gas engine flywheel needs. MM&P stocks over 30 flywheel sizes from 3-inch-diameter to 11-inch-diameter, with patterns for up to 65-inch-diameter wheels, and can make custom wheels with special features such as counterweights or elongated hubs. Martin also offers scale-engine kits and castings, tools and more.

Be sure to visit their booth at the Brooks, Oregon, Steam-Up, July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4, 2019!

Martin Model & Pattern
P.O. Box 1342
Scappose, OR 97056

(503) 329-8949 (cell)
(503) 987-1889 (landline)

Stories from the Heartland by Max Armstrong

Stories from the Heartland Max Armstrong

Max Armstrong's broadcasting career began at age 11, when he strung an antenna wire from his bedroom window to a pole behind the chicken coop. That was on Jim and Stella Fay Armstrong's corn and soybean farm in Indiana's Wabash River Valley. Max turned on the transmitter he built from a mail-order kit, and WMAX was on the air. Its signal covered barely a quarter-mile, and who knows if anyone was listening, but the seeds were sown. WMAX didn't last long, but Max has been broadcasting ever since.

In Stories from the Heartland, Armstrong — now an institution in farm radio broadcasting — shares stories of the people he's met during his 40-year career. Compelling stories of struggle and triumph, colorful characters and rich recollections of his boyhood on an Indiana farm fill the pages, accompanied by photos in full color.

The book is only partly Armstrong's story. He includes tales of a combine fire, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Louisville farm show, corn husking competitions, famous people and the not-so-famous but dear to his heart — and more. A sweetly nostalgic romp through farm country!

Stories from the Heartland by Max Armstrong, Bantry Bay Publishing, hard cover, 192 pages, color photos, available at

The Bucketeer by David Kidwell

bucketeer utility crane

Sooner or later, chances are you're going to run into that job that your tractor can't perform, even with traditional implements. And that's the day when you'll want to give the Bucketeer a hard look.

"The reason for the Bucketeer's existence is simply that the tractor could not perform the task that we needed to do with traditional implements," explains owner David Kidwell. "Bucketeer implements take the tractor far beyond its traditional basic functions to perform a multitude of tasks, saving time, money and anxiety."

bucketeer base unit

An implement designed to transform the sub-compact or compact tractor "into a virtual Swiss Army knife of productivity," the Bucketeer (patent pending) will fit most tractors regardless of age and will even fit the newer quick-release buckets on the market today.

bucketeer grapevine puller

The Bucketeer's implement adapter bar has four receivers that house traditional and nontraditional implements. The base unit comes with 32-inch utility forks, the most versatile implement in the lineup. All other implements — hayfork, trailer dolly, grapevine extractor, roller, utility crane and landscape comb — attach to the base unit.

For more information: call (254) 640-5014; email:; view the product in a video online at


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