1933 FARMALL '12'


| August/September 1988



Farmall-12

R.D. #1, Box 356, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

The story of this F-12 starts with planting potatoes. My dad grows potatoes, too many to plant by hand, but too little to be a large scale operation. One day in February 1987 while reading the want ads in Lancaster Farming, a farmers' newspaper, I saw an ad for an old one row potato planter for sale. As it happens the fellow who had the potato planter was the same fellow I had bought a Caterpillar '15' from two years earlier. I bought the planter and before I left he gave me another tour of his old iron collection, mostly John Deeres. He knew I collected I.H.C. tractors, so he showed me a couple of unrestored F-12's he had. One had a Waukesha engine. Since his prides were John Deeres, he was willing to sell the Waukesha F-12.

There is no interesting story about getting the tractor home, other than it sat in the middle of a cow pasture, so we had to watch where we stepped.

Upon getting the tractor home, I noticed the serial number to be FS-530, making it the thirtieth F-12 made. The engine was free, and with a little work and the help of another tractor belted to the F-12 it started, but it smoked and knocked to beat the band. I also noticed that the front end casting was cracked and broken beyond repair. This old front end is different, because the casting is hollowed out and much lighter than the newer F-12's. I had no idea where to find an old style front end so I was discouraged from restoring the tractor. It was parked in line with the rest of my unrestored tractors.

In May I went to the Blue Mountain Antique Gas & Steam Engine Association's annual swap meet in Jacktown, Pennsylvania, where I found an old style front end. This encouraged me to restore the F-12 in time for Blue Mountain's summer show in July. I had less than two months.

The entire tractor was disassembled, sandblasted, and primed. Sheet metal and fuel tank were sanded, primed, and sanded smooth. I took the radiator apart, sandblasted the tanks and sides, and fixed the leaky core. The original rear steel wheels with cast hubs were on the tractor when I got it, but the front had a single rubber tire. A farm equipment junkyard near here had the single steel wheel, although it is off a slightly newer F-12. I thought it was better than the rubber tire.