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1943 Farmall H

Hi, My name is Andy Motteberg, I live in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. My Grandpa (my Dad's Dad) and my Dad used to farm & work with, restore, collect and fix up lots of old tractors. My Dad & my Grandpa had many tractors. My Grandpa had a 1943 Farmall H tractor. He got it way before I was born. When he got the tractor, it was in need of some engine work, it smoked a lot. My Grandpa put in new piston rings and did a lot of work on it. He really liked the Farmall H tractor. In 1998, my Grandpa died. My Dad got my Grandpa's Farmall H and his 1956 Farmall 300, My Grandpa had many other tractors, but they were sold on their auction shortly before my Grandpa died. Later after my Grandpa died, my other Grandpa (my Mom's Dad) was getting rid of a few things at his place. They gave me his old Minneapolis Moline model U tractor. I was happy to have a tractor, but that tractor was not running and needed quite a bit of work. Once, a man stopped and wanted to buy my Moline U, I was around 5 years old then and the man said he would pay a good price for it, but I did not want to sell it. The old U Moline sat outside for a very long time because me and my Dad had not finished it. The first tractor I've drove was my Dad's 1933 F-12 Farmall, but I was on my Dad's lap steering it. Then, my Dad was showing me how to drive the Farmall H. I loved driving the H (on my Dad's lap) and I really got attached to that tractor, so once my Dad told me that it would take a very long time to get the Minneapolis Moline U going again, so he asked me if I wanted to trade the U Moline for the Farmall H. I said yes. I was so much happier to have a tractor that ran and worked! The H Farmall ran ok, but needed a lot of restoration. The hood and grille were in bad shape, it needed re-wiring, it needed a lot of carburetor work and so much more. I did not start fixing all that until I got a little older. On my 10th birthday, my Dad gave me a Loader for my H (which I have never used yet). Now, I've been working very hard on the Farmall H. I did not need to do any work inside the engine or transmission. I've put lots of time, money and work into the tractor to get it back in good shape. I am 14 now (2007). A couple years ago, we got a computer and the internet to sell stuff on eBay. When my Dad sold his 2nd item and the buyer picked it up, the Buyer told me about the Yesterday's Tractors website. YT is a great site, lots of parts, info & pictures. I've purchased the hood, grille, carburetor, magneto, oil pan, fuel line, front hubs and several other parts from Yesterday's Tractors site. Also, a lot of the parts came from eBay. Now, the H is finished! I am now working on a 1949 John Deere A tractor that I purchased on a auction sale on June 24th, 2006. I really want to find more tractors to fix up, I really want a Farmall M. I'm also helping fix my little brother's 1936 Farmall F-12. My Dad has a 1954 Farmall Super M-TA, 1956 Farmall 300, 1933 Farmall F-12, 1944 John Deere B and a 1941 John Deere B. Me and my Dad also part out a few tractors too. We don't farm with our tractors right now, but I hope we can someday. It sounds like a lot of fun! We have never taken our tractors to any shows yet either, but we hope to do that soon.

Thanks for reading about my tractor!

Andy D Motteberg Detroit Lakes, MN

Andy Motteberg, MN, entered 2007-10-12
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