Candace Brown

About Candace Brown

Candace covers the Pacific Northwest and West Coast for Antique Power as well as our sister magazines, Vintage Truck and Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment. She also contributes a monthly blog, The Newbie, to this website.

From Steel Wheels to Rubber Tires
Candace Brown

AP 27-5 #04 09

As we discuss in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power, the transition from steel tractor wheels to rubber tractor tires did not take place overnight. I sat down with Ray Welander, who had hands-on experience with the nationwide trend toward rubber tires in the immediate post-World War II years in North Dakota. The conversion business was going gangbusters for about five years, he told me, until farmers began scrapping the old, pre-war tractors. Welander was just one of thousands … Read the rest of the story…

What is Wrong with this Picture?!
Candace Brown

AP 27-5 #07 01

What is wrong with this picture? You’ve seen a Farmall H before, haven’t you? It’s the right shade of red. It even says IH McCormick Farmall H right there on the hood. Look closely, because it is the subject of a two-page story in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine. Let me ask you another question: how far can you carry a practical joke? Yakima Valley, Washington’s, Ruthardt brothers – Erick, Ken, and Joe – pulled a labor-intensive … Read the rest of the story…

Harry Ferguson and the Three-Point Hitch
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Harry Ferguson’s three-point hitch is now standard equipment on almost all tractors, but back in 1926, when the Irish engineer patented it in Great Britain, it revolutionized the way implements were attached to tractors. Ferguson had visualized the many advantages to be gained by creating a rigid connection between a tractor and plow, so he experimented with this new linkage technology. Soon, his “Ferguson System” for attaching specially designed implements started its climb from obscurity to the status of an … Read the rest of the story…

Seven Great Reasons to Attend a Tractor Show this Summer
Candace Brown

The Newbie

We can list at least seven great reasons to attend a tractor show this summer! For readers of Antique Power magazine and all who love antique tractors, summer means more than baseball, barbecues, and beaches; it means tractor shows! These fun events, suitable for the whole family, take place all over the country and provide an opportunity for newbies to see a large quantity and variety of antique tractors in one place. You might even find the tractor of your … Read the rest of the story…

Styled vs. Unstyled Tractors
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Have you ever thought about the difference between “styled” and “unstyled” tractors? One day, back when I was still among the newest of newbies in the world of antique tractors, I heard a collector refer to one of his prized models as being “styled.” I had no idea what he meant. My wide-eyed stare gave me away and inspired his patient explanation. Since then, I’ve realized that many people are puzzled about the terms “unstyled” and “styled” when it comes … Read the rest of the story…

King Agriculture Museum Opens
Candace Brown

The Newbie

The King Agriculture Museum is scheduled to open today in Centralia, Washington. Antique Power magazine is one of the best places for newbies to learn about antique tractors; another way is to visit a museum focused on tractors or farming history in general. If you travel to the Pacific Northwest this summer, be sure to see the brand new King Agriculture Museum, in the historic Lewis County Lumber building, right off Interstate 5. It contains more than 50 exceptional tractors, … Read the rest of the story…

Restoring Your Farm Tractor
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Is there anything more rewarding than restoring your farm tractor in your own barn or garage? Antique Power magazine offers great information for people new to the antique tractor hobby, as does its parent company’s ErtelGiftShop.com, through a fine selection of books. Some of these publications become collector’s items in their own right. How to Restore Classic Farmall Tractors, by Tharran E. Gaines, is a good example in this category. It originally sold for $25, yet, as I write this … Read the rest of the story…