I’ve undertaken a project to restore our Farmall Super C. In the time Mollie and I have lived here this tractor has been a lawn ornament collecting rust and weeds. But I’ve got big plans to turn it into a working tractor again for cultivating, planting, and plowing my vegetable gardens.
The Super C was purchased used by my grandfather in the mid 1950’s. It significantly changed the way farm-work was done. Before the Farmall all the work was done around the farm by the horses, Fred and Blanche. They were a big part of my father’s childhood. He loved Fred. He didn’t always have nice things to say about Blanche who enjoyed biting him. With a tractor they were able to use a square baler (all the hay was put in loose with horses) and significantly increase their corn acreage on neighboring farms which they used to raise hogs and cattle.
My grandfather always operated the Farmall. It could get pretty dangerous trying to operate a tricycle-front-end tractor on the hillsides of West Virginia. When he passed away in 1990 my father did not wait to long to go buy a Massey Ferguson with a wide front end and lower center of gravity. So we parked the Farmall and haven’t used it much since.
Farmall Super C’s were great crop tractors. I am now farming more vegetables and crops so it makes sense to get the old gal running and productive again. But that’s not the only reason for restoring the C, it gives me a connection to my father, grandfather, and the the farm’s past which is pretty priceless.