Farm Collector


We certainly enjoyed the great job Farm Collector did about the restoration of our Minneapolis-Moline tractor (June 2003). Here’s the mailbox that Louie created from the leftover radiator cover. I though it turned out great! I suppose that’s as good a place as any to store an unused part.

Louie and Fran Gast, 20989 Loring Road, Linwood, KS 66052 e-mail:

Quest for the story

I recently purchased a Roth’s industrial tractor, Model 3600 Country Boy, manufactured in Alma, Mich. I can’t seem to find any information on it. Can anyone help me find out how many were built, what color they were painted and how many are still around?

Andrew Yoder, 6035 W. 800 S., Topeka, IN 46571

A ‘bonanza’ of old tractors

My wife and I just toured the Ponderosa Ranch where the television show, Bonanza, was filmed. It was very interesting, but there was one thing that spoiled it for me. There were old tractors everywhere just rusting away. There were Cases, a Holt, a Best and numerous Cletrac and Cats. The really sad thing is most of these were complete and could be restored. I mailed them when I got home and got no response. I wish something could be done about this. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

Lee Ruark, 845 Malone Hill Road, Pomeroy, WA 99347; e-mail:

A transplanted question

This horse-drawn transplanter (tobacco setter) that I restored two winters ago was in a bad way when I brought it home, but it’s now back in working order. The transplanter may be homemade: It has no factory plates or markings, and people who I have asked to identify it say it was possibly built by New Idea. The water tank had a faint outline of a New Holland decal, but the tank could have been replaced at some time (who knows?). On board is my 3 1/2-year-old nephew, Isaak Jeffries.

I also have a corn planter lid that has Hoosier Drill Co., Richmond, Ind., embossed on it. If anyone knows what the colors were for these planters, I would like to know.

Jon Jeffries, 330 Chen Road, Brandenburg, KY 40108; (270)422-3471

  • Published on Aug 1, 2003
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