FARM TRACTORS & ENGINES

Old OliverWhat are antique tractors?

The best answer is probably: "It depends!" To someone who dates back to the Great Depression of the 1930's, antique tractors are those produced during the period from the early 1900's up into the 1950's. To a Baby Boomer or the member of an even younger generation, antique tractors might well be ones manufactured in the 1970's or later. The Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association does not provide an exact definition of an antique tractor; however, in its safety rules for tractor pulls, the Association specifies that "All pulling tractors must be 30 years or older." The National Antique Tractor Pullers Association generally considers antique tractors to be those manufactured in 1957 or before, with the caveat that tractors manufactured after 1957 can be considered antique if their production models started in 1957 or earlier. Many people consider the cut-off date to be 1960--the year when John Deere & Company introduced its New Generation tractors with four and six-cylinder engines. There also seems to be a growing consensus that tractors produced after 1960 but at least 25 years old are "classic tractors."

Old EngineWhat are antique engines?

To enable tractor pulls and other competitive events, it's been necessary to group tractors into categories such as "age," "weight" and "horsepower." The need to do this has not been felt in the field of stationary engines. However, developments through the years have resulted in changes which tend to categorize engines as "antique" or "modern." After an initial burst of creativity during the first few decades of the 20th century, stationary engine development remained relatively static through the Second World War. After the War, engine manufacturers were able to focus their attention and their resources on updating and refining their product lines to meet increased demands. Two features which symbolized the beginning of the modern era of engine design were the aluminum heads and overhead valves incorporated on engines introduced during the late 1940's and early 1950's. From then on, manufacturers increasingly introduced engines which were smaller, lighter, more powerful, and built with materials such as aluminum and plastic, which resulted in less-expensive engines.
Please choose from the following:
Adolf Nebgen's JD Hay Press Aermotor Engines
Bill Wurster's Massey-Harris Collection Buddy Webber's Oliver Crawlers
Farmall Letter Series Cliff Ingold's "Big Mo" MM 400
Fuller & Johnson Engines Harold Sohner's McCormick Reaper Replica
Harold Sohner's Farmall Regular Hercules Engines
John Deere "10" Series John Deere 2010
John Gold's Farmall Regular Kay Allen's Cockshutt 40
Kay Allen's McCormick-Deering OS-4 Massey-Harris Tractors
Witte Engines Starting Engines
Cliff Ingold's Schramm Air Compressor Harold Sohner's Farmall Super A
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