The Big Kraut

The Deutz name goes back a long way, back into the dawn of diesel in the late 1800s and the early days of tractors in the early 1900s. We have covered Deutz, and many of the corporate roots…

WATER  INJECTED WONDER

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Rudolph Diesel had a worldwide stranglehold on patents related to his four-stroke compression ignition cycle. Engineers found they could get partway there…

Shell Rotella Truck Of The Month – Bloody MONEY

This month’s Shell Rotella Truck of the Month comes from Michael Loya of Midland, Texas. Loya is no stranger to impressive diesel SEMA truck…

Hill Two

Back in 2019, we published a story about the Hill Diesel and it’s connection to Ransom E. Olds, the founder of Oldsmobile. You can see that story online at

New Generation Green

John Deere transformed itself on August 30, 1960, when it unveiled a completely redesigned line of tractors and a new focus. They called it the “New Generation of Power” and gone were most of…

BOMBSHELL

Although everyone likes to be behind the wheel of something unique. If your goal is to attend a car show and not see another vehicle like yours however, some genuine out-of-the-box creativity…

THIS HERC AIN’T NO JERK

Hercules was one of the founding fathers of engine manufacturing in the U.S. and one of the earliest manufacturers of lightweight, high speed diesels. The company began in 1915, founded in…

Whispering Giant -1968 Oliver 2150 Four-Wheel

As a tractor brand name, Oliver was just about lost to history when they started building their most powerful rear-drive tractor, The-2150, in April of 1968. Oliver had been purchased by White…

Early vs Late Farmall 706

The Farmall 706 and 806 tractors debuted in the summer of 1963. Both were badly needed touchdowns after several unexpected years of…

1955 International Harvester UD-18A

International Harvester is well known for tractors, crawlers, combines and construction equipment, almost all powered by engines…

The 1955 Mysterious Massey-Harris 33D

When you talk to Massey-Harris tractor collectors, one 1950s model stands out as a proverbial “hen’s tooth” tractor, the Model 33 diesel. Produced…

WWII Caterpillar Diesel American 7-cylinder, Tank

In today’s world, a Caterpillar diesel in a tank seems like a naturally good idea. In World War II, however, diesel-powered tanks were not common.…

A Rare 12 Pack

Sometimes the best ideas come to a company and bear fruit at the worst possible times. Such was the case when Allis-Chalmers designed and built a new line of 60 degree V6, V8 and V12 diesels.

JIMMY MACK IS BACK!

While this Vintage Smoke column usually centers around period original diesels, this  Mack drew our attention. While it’s technically a “resto-mod” it’s a resto mod done in a vintage way. Have…

A KING OF AG

Case was within sight of the top power tier of the tractor market when it debuted the 70 series tractors in 1969. Just in time for the ‘70s. The ‘70s…. 70 Series… get it? The top…