Back in stock! How to Restore Ford Tractors: The Ultimate Guide to Rebuilding and Restoring N-Series and Later Tractors 1939-1962 does an excellent job of hashing out the details of restoring a vintage Ford tractor. Published in 2008 with over 200 pages, this soft cover edition includes wonderful pictures of unusual models and options scattered throughout the pages (as are many photos of hands-on, down and dirty restoration work being done). Though the book emphasizes the N-series machines, overhead valve Hundred Series machines are covered as well.Dealing with the engines, bad brakes, electrical systems, rusted body parts, paint and hydraulics are just a few of the topics covered. There is also a wonderful appendix for parts sourcing that tractor restoration enthusiasts will certainly appreciate.
The N-News carried this book for years, but 4-5 years ago, Motorbooks said it was out of stock and they were not going to reprint it. Then we were informed that the book was available again as a short run and we sold out. Now it is back again in a reprint edition (not quite as nice as the original) but we are happy to have it again. If you don’t have this one on your shelf, don’t wait to order as this is another short run. Get it now for $29.95 plus shipping and handling. Well worth it!
Ford Fire Trucks by Kent Parrish is a wide ranging collection with tremendous captioned info with each photo. And there are a lot of photos, over 400, most in color but some in black and white. Ranging from 1917 Model T’s that were custom built into fire engines all the way to 2009, the book is broken up into ten chapters, roughly one for each decade. Continue reading
Ford Postwar Flatheads: 1946-1953 Photo Archive by James H. Moloney is another wonderful collection of public relations and advertising photos from the Ford archive. All black and white, most with descriptions and details. If you have interest in Ford cars from the late 1940s into the early 50s, this is a great collection.
The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind isn’t a philosophy book. This is a book proving that the 17th century was in fact a turning point in humanity relinquishing much of the ancient world for the beginnings of a “modern” point of view. A.C. Grayling is a professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of Humanities in London who believes that philosophy needs to be integrated into everyday life.
WWI was the first time machines were truly employed in the service of the men doing the fighting. It was also a turning point in the way medicine was used during wartime. It even changed the way we mapped the battleground. Author Richard Rubin takes all of this and runs with it. One could argue that World War I, more so than the Great War, was “the war to end all wars.” It was also the beginning of a modern mindset applied to one of the things humans seem to do pretty well. (That would be to make war.)
The history of how tractor and implement dealerships came into existence is the main focus of this nearly 200-page full color book by author Brian Rukes. From the earliest days of sulky plows and blacksmith’s shops, to the 1910s and 20s when farm related dealerships started sprouting up everywhere – Rukes does an excellent job of sussing out the hows, whens, and whys of it all.
Ford Heavy-Duty Trucks 1948-1998 by Paul G. McLaughln is a sister book to the Ford Medium Duty Trucks (reviewed in the Autumn issue). Similar in size and scope, this book focuses on the 2½ and 3 ton F-7 and F-8.
An especially well organized overview of Ford medium-duty trucks of the 20th century. It’s all about the larger trucks like the F5, F-500, 600 and heavier trucks from tankers to school buses. $29.95. An especially well organized overview of Ford medium-duty trucks of the 20th century by Paul G. McLaughlin. The author is a knowledgeable enthusiast. Though the photos are black and white, there are a lot of them throughout this 120 page softcover.
I don’t think anyone has written more books about classic farm tractors than Bob Pripps. And that is probably a good thing when it comes to a field guidebook. And, this is a GOOD one. Over 200 pages, softcover, color photos throughout. New from the N-News; $24.99.
Agriculture has been a touchstone of security and growth for humanity since we gave up our hunting and gathering ways. This book is a chronology of writings on agriculture, which detail the history of how we as Americans have embraced, rebuffed and re-embraced the ideas (and ideals) of agriculture and the agrarian lifestyle. $14.95.
David Mas Masumoto has authored a wonderfully touching story of a Japanese-American family in the central valley of California. Prior to farming, along with other West Coast Japanese-American families, the Masumoto family was relocated to the Arizona internment camps in the early 1940s. They endured many hardships, but eventually were able to return to California and small farming. $9.85.
Subtitled, ‘The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization, Andrew Lawler’s has encapsulated the history of humanity through our involvement with chickens! Starting with the earliest known ancestor of the domestic chicken, the red jungle fowl, Lawler shows how the human appetite for chicken continues to grow. $11.95.
Again, author Robert Pripps comes through with another tractor book that you need for your shelf. Here he does an amazing job of explaining rare models of both common and uncommon manufacturers within a historic context. $27.
As a reference guide this book is brief and to the point, listing the most salient information formatted chronologically. In this respect it functions as a very convenient field guide. The no–nonsense black and white archive photos, taken mostly from promotional literature, present the oldest, most familiar images of each tractor in its moment of inception. Just $16.
The machine age (arguably 1875-1950) in the United States and Europe yielded some of the most elegant industrial design. As proof of its popularity, there are catalogs today that specialize in reproductions of these designs. Rizzoli recently published the hardcover Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design, by by Mischa De Potestad & Patrice Pascal, which does a wonderful job of looking at turn of the century industrial design and putting it in context. $45.00 new.