The tractor on this month's tractor is an Eagle 6B, owned by Vern Racek of 2571 S. Birch Street, Denver, CO 80222. The photo here and the one on the cover were taken in August of 1984, shortly after restoration.
'These are quite rare even in their home state of Wisconsin,' Vern writes. 'During WW II as a teenager, I spent a lot of hours on several of these in Wisconsin on a large farming operation owned by one of my uncles. I was real glad to locate this one thru the ads in GEM.'
This tractor was manufactured by Eagle Manufacturing Company in Appleton, Wisconsin, between 1936 and 1940. It has a Hercules QXB-5 6 cylinder engine, Clark 185F 4 speed transmission and a Timken-Detroit differential. Vern's tractor is rated 15-25, has serial number 2383 and was built in 1936.
Vern says that the Eagle was one of the early tractors to use a 6 cylinder engine. 'Seems Eagle went from 2 cylinders to 6 cylinders in 1930.'