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The Little A-Cs: Forward

This book was written exclusively for Yesterday's Tractors Magazine. It is not published in any physical form but only available on this site. No part of this text may be used in any form other than as provided electronically from www.yesterdaystractors.com without express written consent of Yesterday's Tractors. Copyright 1996-1998.

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I am not quite sure what to call this book. It is not exclusively dedicated to hobbyists and restoration nor necessarily to helping folks with working machines.  It certainly is not an owners, parts, or service manual.  It is simply a book containing the indepth type of information I was looking for when we bought our first tractor, but could not find. It is an extension of the enjoyment we find in the preservation of knowledge related to history.  Our hope is that you can read, re-read, learn, criticize, correct, and hopefully enjoy it.

Our interest in tractors began as an interest in working our small farm to produce our own food and grew from where tractors were a means to an end to where they were the end in most cases. Though we do not show tractors, we seldom miss the opportunity to restore one as if it were headed for the show and we never miss the chance to view others excellent efforts at the shows. We are not sticklers for originality but appreciate the painstaking efforts of many who carry their art to this degree.

I also must point out that we do not hold this series of machines in any higher regard than the other excellent machines of the time period.  Though our interest in tractors began with Allis Chalmers,  we find the same fascination and excitement for a Ford 9N,  Farmall B,  or John Deere M as we do for the tractors spoken of in this book.  To discuss any of the other great machines would detract from the objective of focusing in on the details and the details are what this book is about.


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1. Introduction
2. What are they?
3. History in Brief
4. Competing Tractors
5. Appearance
6. Identifying Numbers
7. Similarities and Differences
8. Cosmetics: What did they really look like?
9. Tips, Tricks and Maintenance
10. Using the Little Allis'
11. Tune-up Data, Quantities, and Specifications


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