We’ve all seen at least one in our lifetime. That rusty, worn-looking antique tool that we can’t quite figure out: What does it do? Why was it made? What is it even called? When Farm Collector put together a special edition dedicated solely to these mystery farm tools, readers snatched it up, making it a best-seller. Now, Farm Collector proudly introduces both books in a set; Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools I and Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools II . This set has 200 pages of tools that have been identified and includes a small paragraph explaining what the tool was used for! You’ll read how to identify tools yourself using patents, online collector resources, and books and publications for collectors.
All of the tools come from the pages of Farm Collector, a magazine for collectors of vintage farm equipment. In the monthly What Is It? feature, readers contribute photos of objects and others pitch in to identify the items (often sharing memories of personal experience with long-forgotten tools). The popular articles have been running for several years, and this collection draws from that rich archive to present some of the most inventive of inventions and most curious of curiosities.
Originally published in the early 1900s, this classic, comprehensive handbook was referred to by young engineers as they prepared for their licensing examinations. In addition to containing several hundred questions and answers that were given as part of many exams, Farm Engines and How to Run Them fully describes every part of a farm engine and boiler, giving complete directions for the safe and economical management of both. Included are chapters on farm engine economy (with special attention to traction and gasoline farm engines) and a chapter on the science of successful threshing. The book abounds with precision artwork and cutaway illustrations showing the different parts of a boiler and engine, and nearly every make of traction engine (including those made by Case, Nichols and Shepard, and Buffalo Pitts). Farm Engines and How to Run Them will appeal to everyone from farm and vehicle enthusiasts to students of industrial technology and agricultural history.
Author: James H. Stephenson
Award-winning author and photographer Randy Leffingwell and renowned tractor historian Robert N. Pripps tell the story of the Farmall tractor, one of the most significant and popular farm tractors ever made. International Harvester's Farmall ushered in innovations in engineering, manufacturing and design that changed the world of tractors. Along the way, the Farmall became an icon in agriculture.
In Farmall: The Red Tractor That Revolutionized Farming, the history of the Farmall is traced from the first Farmall, developed in the early 1920s, through its evolution to the new Farmall models. The book combines a broad cultural history of Farmall with photos of restored machines, as well as color and black-and-white archival photography.
Trace all of the tractor models, variations, improvements, engine and hydraulic advances, and accompanying implements through every Farmall generation. This new, up-to-date history of Farmall includes the latest models and implements, bringing you all of the information you want about these unique tractors.
Author: Randy Leffingwell
For the first time, a detailed step-by-step guide to stationary gas engine restoration has been written for engine enthusiasts. From start to finish, Peter Rooke's newly revised, easy-to-follow narrative will impress and educate both new and experienced hobbyists with exhaustive coverage of the process.
In 112 pages, Rooke meticulously leads you from stripping an engine through rebuilding each component — from bearings to cylinder head to ignition. Tips along the way cover everything from repairing damaged threads to removing rust and zinc plating.
A new chapter on building your own magneto charger has been added to this newly revised edition of Gas Engine Restoration. Other chapters include information on rebuilding engine carts as well as painting engines, whether applying new paint or preserving old finish. Included are data tables containing reference information such as various bolt head and nut sizes, copper wire sizes and bearing tolerances.
The book has a soft, durable cover and a convenient lay-flat spiral binding that allows you to keep your hands at work while you follow along.
Author: Peter Rooke
Format: Other/miscellaneous products
A classic farm tractor is a conversation starter and a comforting reminder of childhoods on the farm and adulthoods twisting a wrench in the driveshaft. Tractors are cultural touchstones of another era, as familiar as the smell of apple pie baking in a farmhouse kitchen. All of that nostalgia is here in Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors.
In this photo-saturated guidebook, you'll recognize the big brands of classic farm tractors, such as Allis-Chalmers, J. I. Case, Caterpillar, John Deere, Ford, and International Harvester (including Farmall). Also well-represented are small and no-longer-existing brands such as Advance-Rumely, Cockshutt, Eagle, Fate-Root-Heath, Harry Ferguson, Friday Tractor, Hart-Parr, and Minneapolis-Moline. There are tractors from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors includes more than just handsome color photos of these powerful machines. Each model description includes all the pertinent details: engine rpms, type of fuel, maximum speed, wheel configurations, weight, number of plows the tractor can handle, and variations.
With more than 500 tractor models and an array of color photographs depicting the most iconic ones, Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors will be a valued addition to any tractor lover's bookshelf.
Author: Robert N. Pripps
How to Restore Tractor Magnetos is the essential guide to farm tractor electrical systems and offers the tractor restorer all the information needed to restore, repair and diagnose magnetos. Authored by the late Neil Yerigan, who was a master of working with vintage electronics, the book comprehensively covers how magnetos function as well as how to troubleshoot and repair common problems. The fine art of nondestructive disassembly is covered in detail and is a key ingredient to keeping your magneto (and your tractor) happy and running.
Now back in print, How to Restore Tractor Magnetos includes sections on the most common magnetos, including those made by Wico, American Bosch, International Harvester, Fairbanks-Morse, Case, Eisemann and more. Also included are voltage regulator field repair and testing, electric starter motors, and wiring advice. Yerigan augments the book's technical detail with anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life in his state-of-the-art (for 1936) south Minneapolis electrical repair shop.
Author: Neil Yerigan
A follow-up to his highly regarded first book, Gas Engine Restoration, this newest gas engine restoration guide from veteran vintage engine restorer Peter Rooke offers a wealth of practical, hands-on information for both the new and experienced engine hobbyist. Drawing from his exhaustive experience repairing and restoring gas engines, Peter Rooke shares the tips and techniques he’s acquired over the years to aid engine restorers in almost every facet of the restoration process. Mechanical considerations run from the basics of setting ignition and valve timing to repairing and making pistons. Dedicated chapters on restoring common Webster and Wico magnetos will help you ensure your engine runs at its best, while chapters on making mufflers, repairing cast iron and learning how to paint and pinstripe will show you how to get your engine looking its best.
Farm Collector put together two special editions dedicated solely to mystery farm tools and readers loved them, making the publications best-sellers. Continuing with the farm tool trend, Farm Collector has put together a two-book set dedicated to old-fashioned farm tools and implements, plus the skills and techniques to make them. This set includes nearly 400 pages of cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, and corn harvesters, along with how to make straight forming tools, re-flute worn cutters, grind curved surfaces, and more!
Old-Fashioned Farm Tools Set includes:
Turn-of-the-Century Farm Tools
Published in 1898, this trade catalog advertised tools, fertilizers, insecticides, and other essentials for the turn-of-the-century garden, farm, greenhouse, lawn, orchard, poultry yard, stable, and household. Abundantly illustrated, it included approximately 680 black-and-white images. Within the catalog’s pages, you’ll find butter printers, cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, corn harvesters and huskers, root cutters, cider mills, veterinary remedies, and more.
When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of tool-room problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers. With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
This authoritative book chronicles the complete story of the red combine’s impact on agriculture and society. Red Combines 1915–2015 includes photographs and details about every red combine built in the United States and abroad, and tells the story of the creation of the Axial-Flow combine, which was developed in a garage so secret only a few people knew it existed. The Axial-Flow combine was a technological leap that transformed the industry when introduced in 1977. The book covers the entire line of red combines, including the CBX, a top-secret mega-combine built in the 1990s. Authored by Lee Klancher and the team of talented contributors who created the award-winning Red Tractors 1958–2013, this thorough and entertaining book is another captivating volume sure to please fans of agricultural equipment and farm history.
Author: Lee Klancher
This high-quality set of 24 greeting cards features photographs of six different red tractors, from the iconic Farmall to the last of the cutting edge 2+2 four-wheel-drive tractors built by International Harvester. The cards are perfect for the holidays, but are blank inside so you can send them for any occasion. Gorgeous photographs by Lee Klancher show off the machines in the early morning sun and evening skies. The images are printed on heavyweight high-quality card stock, and you'll find additional photos of the machines and a detailed caption on the back.
Cards in the set show the following models: Farmall M, International 7488, International Cub Lo-Boy, International 1420 combine, International 404, and International 664.
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The second edition of the award-winning history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors includes data and photos of every model built from 1958 to 2018, as well as in-depth information about how these tractors were designed and constructed. With interviews of engineers and executives, the book covers how the 40 and 60 series were created, and thoroughly covers the red tractors from the 1960s through the 1980s. The book also traces the innovations and struggles of the final days of International Harvester. The authors unearthed a treasure trove of concept drawings and photos of prototype machines to shed new light on how these tractors were created. The book includes the exciting story of the creation of the Case-IH Magnum, an innovative machine that blends some of the great engineering done by IH with the Cummins engine built by Case. The modern era of Case IH is also included, with the story of the creation of the Quadtrac as well as the entire line of tractors. With a mix of new photography of some of the most exceptional collectible models in existence, along with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, this thorough book is the most authoritative guide on red tractors ever published.
Author: Lee Klancher