Brad Bowling

About Brad Bowling

Brad Bowling is the managing editor of Antique Power magazine. As a child, he was often lulled to sleep by riding on his grandfather's Ford tractor.

Allis-Chalmers D-272
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Rick Mannen tells the history behind the Allis-Chalmers D-272 and other A-C products in his native Canada in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine. With demand strong for good tractors after World War II, A-C saw a need for a factory to produce for the United Kingdom market. In the late 1950s, the D-272 met the need for a light, modern diesel tractor.   … Read the rest of the story…

Ghosts
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Ted Kalvitis talks a lot about ghosts in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine. His annual “Traveling Mechanic” installment shares some of the classic tractors that are still going or that have given up the ghost in his neck of the Virginias. Because he spends all of his waking hours fixing tractors for customers – usually on their property – he gets to see and fix a lot of machines with some unique problems. … Read the rest of the story…

Little Cat
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Ryan Mueller told us he decided to build the Little Cat because, “I knew I wanted to do something special my kids would always remember.” This feature in the May/June 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is one of the coolest stories we have ever run in our “Kids, Dads & Tractors” department. Starting with nothing but raw materials and some spare parts, Mueller created a mini-dozer for sons Tyler and Owen. It runs on an 18hp Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder … Read the rest of the story…

Rusty Restoration
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The “Rusty Restoration” featured in the May/June 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is one of Ed Bezanson’s favorite crawler projects to date. Bezanson, who is known to our readers for his “Yankee’s Attic” column, bought the Caterpillar 25 tracker in 1999, then spent the next 13 years searching for replacement parts. He saw real beauty in the Cat’s aged patina and decided to restore it to its “working clothes.” As he describes in the article, restoring rusty is a lot … Read the rest of the story…

New Hat and Shirt
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Ertel Publishing, the folks who bring you Antique Power magazine, have announced a new hat and shirt combo that makes it easy to hit the show grounds or tractor pull field in high fashion. The all-cotton Antique Power T-shirt and vented cap each sell for $15.95 (no charge for shipping in the U.S.), but you can get both items for $28.95 (no U.S. shipping charge). Click on the ad below to find out more. … Read the rest of the story…

The Red Flyer
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The 1930 Ford Model A “Red Flyer” doodlebug featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine was built by Glen Campbell’s father in 1941. The little homemade tractor was run hard and put away wet, but Glen brought it back to life in 2014 with a full nut-and-bolt restoration. His obsession with the project ran so deep that he bought oak boards for the wooden frame from the same sawmill his father had used 70 years earlier. … Read the rest of the story…