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2016 Red Power Round Up

2016 Red Power Round Up 1936 Farmall F-12 Restoration Blitz

2016 Red Power Round Up

1936 Farmall F-12 Serial # FS66025

Restoration Blitz

Start to Finish in 3 days

June 16-18, 2016 Racine Co Fair Grounds Union Grove, Wisconsin

1936-F12Wisconsin Chapter 4 of the International Harvester Collectors will be restoring this historic Farmall for the Case IH Corporation. We will start on Thursday with a non-running tractor, disassemble, overhaul the motor, replace brakes and clutch, overhaul magneto and carburetor, clean, assemble, and paint and will have it completed and running Saturday at the close of the event.
** There will be a knowledgeable tech representative present each day to help guide spectators through the process and to assure a quality and correct restoration. This should be an informative and educational as well as entertaining experience that you will not often see repeated anywhere. **

June 28, 2014 I was visiting with Juliann Ulbrich who works for Case IH, in front of the First and Last Farmall display at the Huron SD Red Power Roundup when she asked me if I knew anyone who restored tractors. My first reaction was “no” but then the wheels started turning in my head as I thought about the Farmall F-20 that a crew of volunteers restored at the Roundup in Madison WI in 2009. I knew we were going back to Wisconsin in 2016 and that is what sparked me to offer to put a crew of volunteers together and do a reprise. I had been kicking around the idea with Show Chairman, Randy Graf anyway and this seemed like something that really had potential, restoring a tractor directly for the Case IH brand. It has always been my goal to promote more interaction between the IH Collectors and the brand we all revere. Being able to work hands on with a tractor that will end up presenting the glorious history of the Company is an honor that seldom presents itself.  With that in mind we decided upon a 1936 F-12 Farmall that was languishing away in a warehouse in Racine. Juliann did not have any history on the tractor and only knew that it was there with some others when she came to work for Case IH. The Company already has an F-20 restored and in their collection and also of course the First Farmall ever sold. It seemed fitting that they have the F-12 to round out the Farmall line.

I was able to coordinate with Juliann this winter and have the tractor shipped to my farm at Wellfleet NE so I could see first hand what it needed for repairs and also to show fellow collectors what we planned to do. I hauled the F-12 to Sedalia and had it on display in its own tent along with the F-20 which the Crew restored in 2009.  There was a lot of interest and I have about 40 names of guys that want to be included on the Crew for 2016. I will be doing some exploratory “surgery” this winter to make sure we don’t run into any unexpected problems but the tractor we start with at the Roundup will basically be untouched, no repairs done ahead of time.

If you would like to be part of this historic event please contact Crew Chief Howard Raymond howster@nebnet.net and let him know. To the rest of you make sure you stop by during the 2016 Red Power Roundup and say hello and check on the progress. We will start on Thursday June 16 with a non-running tractor, disassemble, overhaul the motor, replace brakes and clutch, overhaul magneto and carburetor, clean, assemble, and paint and will have it completed and running Saturday at the close of the event. The completed tractor will then be officially presented to Case IH, to be added to the Innovation Gallery at Burr Ridge.

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