Collecting Vintage ERTL Tractors: a Retro Hobby
By Tom Seest
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F-12: CASE LWhilst the Model L is designed to represent the Case tractor line accurately, its appearance resembles it very well with dark blue-grey paint and red metal wheels reminiscent of its real-life counterparts and features all necessary details like exhaust stack, air cleaner, and steering wheel.
When purchasing an antique or vintage toy tractor, be certain it is an original rather than a reproduction. Examine for high-quality paint finishes, undamaged moldings, and no loose joints before making a decision.
Table Of Contents
- Unlock the Power of the Farmall 300?
- What Makes the Farmall 350 a Vintage Tractor?
- Uncovering the Secrets of the Case 500 Vintage Ertl Tractor?
- Unlock the Secrets of the Case 600 Vintage Ertl Tractor!
- Uncovering the Massey Harris D-21: What Makes it Unique?
- Can the Fordson 630Lp Take You Back in Time?
- Unlock the Power of Allis-Chalmers D-19?
International Harvester produced the Farmall 300-row crop tractor between 1954 and 1956, featuring a narrow front, four-cylinder gasoline engine, sliding gear transmission, or power shift mechanism, popular among farmers and ranchers due to its reliability and low costs. Over time, many variations and models were created out of it, but its original form remains the most iconic.
The 300 was one of the first tractors that demonstrated all of the desirable traits associated with its category, although it was not unique. These included its simple design, low operating costs, and well-known brand name; good visibility all around and under the tractor; easy controls; ample power for plowing/harrowing, etc.
Time passed, and IH’s Farmall line became ever more sophisticated, its tractors becoming more powerful and equipped with additional features as competition from Fordson increased. By 1958, the Farmall 300 had been upgraded to the 350, offering Continental diesel engine options; additionally, they introduced features such as Fast Hitch lift and Torque Amplifier that increased top speed while simultaneously improving engine braking capabilities.
Farmall 350s were outstanding tractors from their time. These compact yet powerful machines ran efficiently on gas, were easier to service than M or H models, and featured live PTO, power steering, and torque amplifier technology. However, they eventually started burning oil and losing power, becoming obsolete and being relocated into storage. My father had one as his favorite machine; it had live PTO, power steering, and Torque Amplifier installed for optimal use before becoming unusable for many years before finally being retired into storage.
This narrow front model captures the essence of an iconic tractor with its intricate details and realistic tires, sure to dazzle even the most discerning collectors.
Farmall C series tractors feature an advanced FPT stage V engine, which delivers greater power, improved torque, and maximized uptime. Furthermore, this tractor boasts 506 Nm of maximum torque at 1,300rpm for fuel savings. In addition, five PTO options 540EECO1000 allow you to choose one best suited to your needs; you may even opt for factory loader package installation to expand upon its capabilities further.
The Case 500 was one of the earliest direct-start diesel tractors ever created. It was designed in 1948 by Case engineer Hans Fischer, who previously worked at Lanova AG in Germany. For its time, this tractor offered plenty of features; among these were hydraulic controls allowing operators to tailor responsiveness according to conditions or easy operation; plus, its loader arm could tilt up to 90 degrees for use with certain attachments.
Steiger tractors feature longer wheelbases than competing brands to deliver more power to the ground and feature massive axles that can support more weight, helping reduce compaction and enhance traction for improved traction, making them perfect for strip-till or large planter rigs.
The Case 500DX is an excellent mid-tower with plenty of features, providing excellent cooling while offering features such as dual USB 3.0 ports. In addition, this case also comes with an easily removable hard drive caddy and motherboard stand-off tool – its white exterior with its clean interior really stands out against other ATX towers while its clear tempered glass allows you to get an unobstructed view into your computer’s internals.
The Case 600 tractor is a large machine yet consumes little fuel. Equipped with high horsepower and capable of adapting well to varying terrain types, its large cab makes driving simple while offering access to multiple attachments for versatile farming needs. Meeting emissions regulations is another bonus feature.
It features a full powershift transmission for smooth shifting and consistent engine rpm across operating ranges, along with a hydraulically controlled implement system to provide more than enough power to run heavy equipment. Furthermore, it comes equipped with rearview camera capabilities and a multifunctional display.
Its engine meets emission regulations through cooled exhaust gas recirculation, diesel oxidation catalyst, and selective catalytic reduction technology. As it doesn’t feature a diesel particulate filter, maintenance costs are greatly reduced. Farmers looking to boost productivity should opt for this tractor as its large cab offers excellent visibility and comfortable seating, making it ideal for prolonged working periods. Its multi controller armrest provides instantaneous access to key functions. Meanwhile, its integrated Control Panel displays all essential data at a glance while the AFS Pro 700 screen integrates systems like AccuGuide auto-steering and ISOBUS implement operation as well as performance monitoring.
By 1936, the Wallis tractor designs that MH had purchased had become outdated, so James Duncan decided it was time for new designs. Funding was tight, but James knew Chrysler had developed industrial six-cylinder flat head engines of 201 cubic inches, which would save on engine design costs while their global presence would ensure they could supply these engines easily.
Woody’s 21A was among the first self-propelled combines in eastern Iowa and certainly was the first in his neighborhood. Additionally, it became one of the highlights of the 1944 Harvest Brigade, comprised of 500 Massey Harris combined harvesting across multiple states.
In 1948, Massey-Harris officially changed its name to Massey-Harris and started expanding internationally. They standardized their model lineup – the MF 333 replaced the 33, 444 (utilizing 277 engines in diesel, gasoline, butane (LP), powdered) replaced 55 while 555 took its place –
In 1967, the company entered the high horsepower race with their 1000 series tractors – particularly their MF 1100, boasting between 85 to 90 HP on its drawbar powered by a six-cylinder Perkins diesel engine. They even offered a turbo-charged version called the MF 1130 that could produce up to 80 horsepower!
The Fordson was one of the world’s most beloved tractors. Featuring a multifuel engine capable of burning both gasoline and kerosene, as well as alcohol or tractor vaporizing oil (TVO), its popularity quickly spread throughout its long lifespan. By 1924, TVO was added as part of its fuel supply system to further optimize efficiency for this machine.
This model was constructed according to a similar general formula as other vintage vehicles: its metal body was composed of two vertical halves riveted together. Separate components existed for its grille and engine cover, and rubber tire wheels with printed stripes represented the slats in its grille; additionally, its name and brand name could be found etched onto its engine cover.
This was one of three vintage vehicle models to repurpose an existing casting. The Case 500 was replaced by the more powerful and longer-lived Model 600, finished in Desert Sunset and Flambeau Red colors (peach and dark orange, respectively), mask-sprayed peach throughout with different grille badges from its counterpart; plus, it featured an L-shaped fuel tank!
Allis-Chalmers produced their popular D-19 model between 1961 and 1964. Featuring a 4.3 L six-cylinder gas or diesel engine and sliding gear transmission system with eight forward speeds and two reverse speeds, this row-crop tractor also featured the Power Director technology along with wide front axle track adjustment and wide rear wheel track adjustments. Furthermore, there was live PTO service as well as an open operator station cabin.
The D-19 Allis-Chalmers tractor was the first Allis-Chalmers tractor with a factory-installed turbocharger, increasing output from its 262-cubic-inch Allis-Chalmers diesel engine by nearly 50% to produce 67 Nebraska-tested PTO horsepower compared to 51 PTO horsepower of its predecessor D-17 diesel and 36 PTO horsepower from its gasoline counterpart D-14.
As with other D-series tractors, the D-19 featured a shift-on-the-go oil clutch that allowed an operator to quickly shift from high gears to low gears while driving. This feature proved particularly helpful for hauling large loads or plowing, while it also enabled engine stopping without losing power; however, engine stopping could only occur in neutral position or if the foot clutch was engaged; this marked an improvement over older Buda diesel tractors, which only offered single position hand clutch that stopped only in low gear or neutral.
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