| December 2004

I have a collection of primarily horse-drawn farm equipment, which I'm restoring in Woodside, Calif. I would appreciate any information Farm Collector readers might have on the equipment. The sprayer was last used on the golf course at the Burlingame Country Club.

The markings noted on the plow parts are Champion, Norfolk, Va., Billup Sons & Company, patented 1876, S.R. Whites Sons Inc. What happened to Champion? What colors should it be?

The markings noted on the sprayer equipment are Bean Spray Pump Company, San Jose, Fresno, Lansing, Mich., Novo 30022, 1 1/2 hp, 475. We enjoy Farm Collector very much.

 - Adolph Rosekrans 1045 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA 94111 (415)433-0963 e-mail: rosekrans@pacbell.net

Vintage Farmall M provided plenty of fun

When my husband was looking to buy a tractor for our six-acre 'farm' in 1980, he went down to the local tractor dealer and tried out several tractors. As we were leaving, he spied two Farmall M tractors in what I would call 'the graveyard.' He told me the M was the first tractor he had ever driven. 'They were good old tractors,' he said.

The next day I was at work and he called to let me know he had purchased a tractor. I asked him which one and he told me it was one of the Farmall Ms. 'But they don't even run,' I said.