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Blog entry by SteveKorz posted 11-07-2008 05:22 AM 1838 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve been wood and LumberJocks deprived for the last month or two. I’ve been in the shop for hours a day, but it’s not been my own (which has been kind of weird, messing with someone else’s tools).

I’ve owned this old tractor for about a decade. It’s a 1955 International Harvester Farmall 200. My Father and Grandfather owned it before me. It’s been in our family for about 50 years or so. My Grandfather farmed with it, and we’ve used it to maintenance our property for years and years.

This tractor has had a rough life. It’s really been through the mill… and back, and it finally stopped running about two years ago. I took it to a mechanic friend of mine at the beginning of the fall that does an exceptional job restoring tractors. I only intended to FIX the tractor to get it to a “running” condition. Well…. One thing led to another… and I took some time ($ and a lot of cash $), and decided to restore the tractor. I helped quite a bit, but I would not have been able to work out the mechanics of it all had it not been for my very good friend. I’m grateful to know him, and I appreciate him a lot.

I’ve got some things to finish with it yet, but they are minor (My budget has to recover first, though).

Once I get the tractor in full swing, I’m going to be able to pull logs onto a bandmill to mill lumber (I know, that’s streaching it a bit, but it’s how I’m justifying this post as woodworking related… lol!!)

Anyway, I’m proud of the tractor and I thought I’d share some pics. It’ll certainly save me boatloads of time in property maintenance, and most importantly, GIVE ME MORE SHOP TIME!!!


We turned almost every nut and bolt on this tractor. All new bearings, rings, seals, gaskets, etc.

After, Jen and I

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 05:37 AM

Steve, that tractor is BEAUTIFUL!
I’ll bet it was FUN working on something that was super simple, compared to what they have today; no computer control, etc.

You can see and get to all of the main parts of it!

I can see mucho $$$ just in Red Paint! And getting it so nicely applied!

You did a great job and you deserve to be proud about it!

Thank you for showing it to us!

May you haul all of the new lumber that you can… for years to come!

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 05:41 AM

Great Treasure!

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#4 posted 11-07-2008 06:09 AM

Holy Crap, that is one heck of a restore. You did a great job. If you get tired of it, let me know. hehehe

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#5 posted 11-07-2008 06:13 AM

Steve, let me guess…this is carved out of bloodwood and ebony.

Seriously, you did a great job…the hours spent obviously paid off.

-- Martin, Kansas

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-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 11-07-2008 06:27 AM

great job. Try There is another unrelated cousin to the lumberjock community. I discovered them the same way I discovered LJ. I was google searching for a tractor part. I found LJ by researching wide belt sanders and a previous blog popped up on the browser search.

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#8 posted 11-07-2008 07:27 AM

nice restoration!!!!!!

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#9 posted 11-07-2008 08:05 AM


Great restoration work!

This has brought back memories of the Farmall 300 that I grew up driving to make hay. You certainly did a fine job of restoration of that 200. My brother restored the old Co-op tractor, but has yet to restore the Farmall or the John Deere. My husband restored our 1949 Ford 8N so we know how much work you put into your tractor.

Thanks for sharing.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 11-07-2008 08:08 AM

I’m Deere green with envy. Great job!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 11-07-2008 08:53 AM

Steve, that is one great restoration job. well worth those hours of toil.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 11-07-2008 12:22 PM

Great job on preserving a piece of family history! I like the bibs, flannel & pitchfork in the third photo!


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#13 posted 11-07-2008 03:16 PM

Nice restore, tractors are great to have around.

When I turned 50 I was going through a mid life crisis. Told my wife I didn’t want a fancy sports car or a girl friend, I wanted a bright orange Kubota BX23 tractor with all of the attachments.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#14 posted 11-07-2008 03:36 PM

One of my first jobs in the family was assisting a neigbour rebuild the 8N Ford Dad used for all kinds of yard maintenance jobs….many years later Dad restored his Farmall and used it for many years after. These are great tools and I am looking forward to viewing your tractor pictures once I get outside the firewall here.

We pulled a lot of wood out of the bush with both the 8N and the Farmall. The farmall just never quite working… which reminds me of the first time I had to start and drive it… but that is not wood related at all so I’ll stop LOL!

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#15 posted 11-07-2008 03:38 PM

the only thing more beautiful than a piece of wood is a nice tractor !!!

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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