Farm Collector

New Book: How to Restore Your Farm Tractor

New book includes all the detail needed for a first class job
By Tharran Gaines

[Minneapolis, MN] Collecting tractors is nearly as popular as collecting cars these days, and a fully restored, classic John Deere or Farmall tractor can fetch over $20,000, depending on the era. A solid guidebook to restoring these machines is desperately needed and the new book How to Restore Your Farm Tractor answers that call.

How to Restore Your Farm Tractor ispacked with hundreds of helpful full-color photographs, proven tips and techniques, and money-saving advice from restorers who know what works … and what doesn’t. Tharran Gaines’ expert DIY guide will walk you step-by-step through the complete restoration of your tractor, from disassembly to engine rebuild, electrics, painting, and final detailing. There’s even a handy section on parts sources. So no matter if you favor John Deeres, Fords, Farmalls, A-Cs, or Minnie-Mos, with Gaines’ guidance, you’re well on your way to showing off your shiny “new” classic tractor!

The book really does cover it all, from Chapter 1, “Shopping for a Tractor,” through engine repair and rebuilding, hydraulics, to body repair and painting (complete with a listing of the most commonly sought-out paint colors/codes). Select chapters also have special trouble-shooting checklists. The final chapter tells all about the fun to be had post-restoration– antique tractor shows, farm equipment demonstrations and more.

About the Author: Tharran Gaines (Savannah, MO) has specialized in agricultural writing for the past 25 years. He has written owners’ manuals, repair guides, and sales brochures for most of the major tractor companies, such as ACGO’s Allis-Chalmers, White, and Hesston lines.


  • Published on May 22, 2013
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