• GUIDE TO CLASSIC FARM TRACTORS

    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.

    Item: 8252
  • HANDY FARM EQUIPMENT AND HOW TO USE IT

    This classic guide presents practical information on virtually every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization. Originally published in 1917, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders, and corn harvesters.

    Fully illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams, plans, and photographs, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It will prove as interesting to the current farmer for its still-prudent advice on the timeless problems of farm management as it will to the history buff who wishes to catch an image of what the American farm was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It provides a lovely foray into the rich legacy of American agriculture and will appeal to anyone who has ever been interested in the nuts and bolts of farm life.

    Item: 9120
  • HOW TO RESTORE TRACTOR MAGNETOS

    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.

    Item: 6384
  • LARD: Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient

    Using lard in cooking dates at least as far back as the 1300s. It is prized by pastry chefs today, and it is an excellent cooking fat because it burns at a very high temperature and tends not to smoke as heavily as many other fats and oils do. Rediscovered along with other healthful animal fats in the 1990s, lard is once again embraced by chefs and enlightened health-care professionals and dietitians.

    Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient offers you the opportunity to cook like your grandmother, while incorporating good animal fat into your diet once again. Lard is the key to the wonders that came from Grandma's kitchen, and with lard, you can turn out stellar Beef Wellington, Bierocks, or crispy Southern Fried Chicken. Serving your family the 150 treats you enjoyed in your younger days when you visited your grandparents' farm is as easy as flipping a page in this great cookbook. Try your hand at creating fluffy Grandma's Homemade Biscuits, tasty Spanish Corn Bread, delectable Fried Okra, sweet Chocolate Kraut Cake, a Perfect Pastry piecrust for a delicious Butterscotch Peach Pie, or Rhubarb Dumplings.

    You will never regret adding Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient to your cookbook collection. Don't be afraid to bring a little lard back to the table; your taste buds will be glad you did.

    Item: 5901
  • MORE GAS ENGINE RESTORATION

    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.

    Item: 7949
  • RESTORING ANTIQUE TOOLS

    Here is the book that finally unlocks the secrets that professional restorers have been using for years. It explains critical (and previously closely held) restoration techniques in a way that even the most uninitiated can understand and follow. Chapters cover boring and edge tools, planes (wood, wood-bottomed and metal), measuring tools, saws and other miscellaneous tools, as well as information on cleaning and refinishing. The author explains how to make a bow for a bow drill, how to make wedges for planes, how to replace vials in levels, and literally hundreds of other such invaluable instructions.

    Item: 5219
  • THE FARMALL DYNASTY

    The Farmall Dynasty recounts the dramatic story of the developmental history of tractors built by International Harvester, the dominant agricultural manufacturer of the early 20th century. The book traces the evolution of the Farmall tractor from the early Titans and Moguls through to modern times.

    The book includes well-researched accounts of the development of the original Farmall, the Letter Series, the 4100, Cub and other legendary IHC tractors, with firsthand accounts from factory engineers describing the challenges they faced.

    This book is an update of the rare and out-of-print International Harvester Photographic History.

    Item: 6382
  • THE FIELD GUIDE TO JOHN DEERE TRACTORS 1892-1991

    This convenient, easy-to-use field guide puts a wealth of information right into your hands! You'll find brief histories, model runs, specification details, and eye-catching color photographs of more than 500 models of John Deere tractors, from the 2-cylinder series of 1892 to modern multicylinder models. The late Don Macmillan is considered one of the world's most respected John Deere historians. Inside, he breaks down John Deere's rich heritage into distinct eras:

    •The Pioneering Years, 1892–1924
    •The Unstyled Years, 1923–1938
    •The Styled Years, 1938–1960
    •The Numbered Series, 1952–1960
    •The New Generation of Power, 1959–1972
    • Generation II, 1972–1987
    • The Modern Years, 1982–1991

    A wealth of photos of every John Deere tractor (from the legendary 2-cylinder Waterloo Boy that started it all to 6-cylinder, 200-horsepower machines of the 1980s) are accompanied by detail-rich descriptions of the tractors' features and backstories, as well as concise charts presenting key specifications. For fans of old iron, there's no better quick reference. It's equally useful at swap meets and in the armchair!

    Item: 9891
  • THE JOHN DEERE CENTURY

    In The John Deere Century, acclaimed author and photographer Randy Leffingwell uses his unique brand of storytelling to chronicle the company and the tractors that have carried the distinctive green and yellow livery for the past century.

    Iconic John Deere tractors ranging from the spartan Waterloo Boy to the Model AOS, and from German and Argentine models to the acclaimed New Generation tractors are featured in this celebration of industrial tractor design. Loaded with photographs, both modern and vintage, and excellently written info, this book will have John Deere fans salivating.

    Item: 8804
  • TRACTOR

    This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with pencil drawings and welders.

    The book’s stories range from the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of four- and six-cylinder tractors to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. The book moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of high-technology innovations (such as smart farms and auto-guidance) that are changing the farm as we know it. This raucous, heartfelt book shines a light on some of the bright minds and innovative companies that emerged from the fertile fields of America’s heartland.

    Item: 9095
  • TRACTOR: RED EDITION

    This book has the same content as Tractor, just with a different color on the cover for those that bleed red! This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with pencil drawings and welders.

    The book’s stories range from the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of four- and six-cylinder tractors to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. The book moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of high-technology innovations (such as smart farms and auto-guidance) that are changing the farm as we know it. This raucous, heartfelt book shines a light on some of the bright minds and innovative companies that emerged from the fertile fields of America’s heartland.

    Item: 9096
  • TRADITIONAL TOOLMAKING

    Bringing together the collective wisdom of a past generation of craftsmen, Traditional Toolmaking provides an in-depth record of the skills and techniques that made the mass production revolution of the 20th century possible. When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of toolroom problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers, including how to:

    • make straight forming tools
    • grind curved surfaces
    • gauge the angle of a thread
    • re-flute worn cutters
    • and much more!

    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.

    Item: 8287

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