Welcome to my website! Here you'll find day-to-day pictures I've taken about my Farmall 560 project. HUGE thanks to my friends who are making this possible, Mike Unzicker, Chad Unzicker, & Aaron Baer. Goes without saying how much this means to me, and special thanks to my wife Karen for supporting this.
Picture above left is me on the tractor back in 1984 :)
Just wanted to share my 560 project with you, I like to hear from others who have been down this road, if you see anything please share your thoughts.
It start with our family's 560 is one we purchased 1984 (I believe), we got rid of a none 2pt 560 and upgraded to this one. It's always been VERY well maintained, kept inside, etc.
Tractor wasn't kept inside before we bought it, so in 85' we repainted it. I do remember taking this tractor to shop class in high school & do few little things on it that were needed. Check out the rear of the tractor, notice the two lights? Our neighbor had 460 that had light on the rear he never used and get gave me the housing, so I added it to mine. cool I know... ha ha
Personally I have done about everything you can do on the farm on this tractor.... planted corn (for several years we had one 20 acre field we couldn't get to with the big iron), grinded feed, hauled manure, disked (helped a small farmer in high school who had a disk I could use), LOTS of mowing/raking of hay..... and it's major job when our farming operation was in full swing, we had big auger always hooked to it. We even had a front hitch so we could pull it with pickups.
Fast forward to present
In June of 2010 my dad and I attended Heritage Tractor Drive in Hennepin IL.... after we decided it was time to seriously re-do our 560. Dad had retired from farming, but was still helping every spring & fall with the guys who farmed his former land. Sad part is in July 2010 he passed away unexpected from a heart attack.
So in July 4th 2011 I started my 560 project... it began as just simple restoration. BUT oh my did that change. We attended the Half Century of Progress Farm Show in Rantoul IL last summer and then we decided we were going to make this tractor special!
The original goal was to have it our wedding, Sept of 2011 but once we started on this project we knew is was going to take longer because of the level quality we wanted. It's important to know EVERYTHING worked on this tractor to start with.
So what does that mean, here's the short list: LOL
This is the "short" story..... crazy to think we would have went this far, but WOW is this going to be great when it's done!