How to Buy Antique Tractor Parts on eBay

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How to Buy Antique Tractor Parts on eBay

Tractors are one of the earliest forms of motor vehicles. Their widespread use revolutionised the agricultural industry. From the first steam-powered tractors of the late 19th century to the more modern, gas-powered tractors of today, their worth is invaluable to society, helping farmers tend plough the fields exponentially faster than was possible with the horse-drawn ploughs of previous generations. For this reason, antique tractors are a symbol of progress. Many people enjoy restoring them for decor as well as for tractor-pulling competitions.

Antique tractor parts are also desired by those collecting the individual parts for decorations and use in creating art. For those seeking to purchase antique tractor parts for restoring antique tractors, creating art, as well as for decor, it is useful to learn about the history of tractors and the various uses of antique tractor parts. This helps one to successfully find and purchase antique tractor parts on eBay..

History of Tractors

The early 18th century saw the first powered farm equipment. These first implements were steam-powered, portable engines that could drive farm machinery by the use of a belt. Traction engines,, which were created around 1850, were inspired by these portable engines and were used for agricultural purposes. The first actual tractors were steam-powered ploughing engines, used in pairs that were connected with a cable to a plough. This allowed the plough to drag back and forth across the field. These steam-powered engines were the standard of use until the 20th century.

In 1892, the first gasoline/petrol-powered tractor was invented in Iowa. In 1897, the first oil-burning traction engine-powered tractor was sold in Britain. It was not until 1902, however, that the first successful design appeared in the form of the three-wheeled Ivel tractor.. In 1908, the first four-wheeled tractor was introduced in Bedford, making the Saunderson Tractor and Implement Company the largest manufacturer of tractors outside of the United States at the time. The popularity of gas-powered tractors grew in 1910, when smaller, more affordable machines were able to be manufactured.

The Basic Design Elements of a Tractor

Prior to the 1960s, tractors were two-wheel drive, open vehicles. Two large driving wheels are located behind the single seat, with the two smaller wheels in front, also below the engine. In muddier areas during the 1930s, a tracked tractor design, known as a crawler, became popular. Instead of a steering wheel, this design steers using turning brake pedals and separate track clutches run by levers. The crawler design has better traction and flotation than does the classic tractor design.

Four-wheel drive tractors arrived on the scene around the 1960s. Some of these four-wheel drive models preserved the two larger/two smaller wheel design, with others having four large wheels instead. As multitrack tractors were not introduced until the 21st century, there are no antique multitrack tractors.

How to Restore an Antique Tractor

Many people are seeking to purchase antique tractor parts for the parts themselves, with no intention of using them to restore a whole antique tractor. However, for most seekers of antique tractor parts, the purpose is for the replacement of a missing or defective part on an antique tractor in the process of restoration. In some cases, the restoration is simply meant for display, while others intend to operate the antique tractor, for example, in a tractor-pulling contest. Below are instructions that can help guide one in restoring an antique tractor effectively.

Steps to Restore an Antique Tractor


1. Gather Information

Learn the make and model, whether through markings on the tractor or comparisons to guide books or online websites.

2. Start the Engine

Start the engine to determine if it is possible, if it runs badly, or if it is not able to run at all.

3. Clean the Tractor

Power-wash the tractor using a medium-powered washer. All dirt should be removed from the entire tractor, including the undercarriage and engine.

4. Remove the Engine

Remove and assess the engine to determine whether it is in need of any repair.

5. Assess the Condition

Now that dirt and debris has been removed, assess the extent of any surface damage.

6. Find Parts

Once the damage has been assessed, seek out and purchase the appropriate replacement parts.

7. Remove Old Paint

Apply metal paint stripper and allow it to set, then power-wash. All remnants of paint must be removed.

8. Apply New Paint

Primer, paint, and clearcoat are applied, to restore the exterior completely.

9. Install Repaired Engine and Replacement Parts

Now that the frame is complete, replace the restored engine and install any purchased parts.

Following these steps to restoration allows the restorer to carefully bring the tractor back to operating condition. Restoring an antique tractor takes time. The restorer should prioritise the needed improvements and set a plan for accomplishing each step in an orderly fashion. eBay is a great help in aiding the tractor owner to locate that which is needed to completely restore the tractor.

Using Antique Tractors and Tractor Parts as Decoration

Any antique tractor, even those that are not restored to functional condition or are left in a weathered state, makes a lovely decoration for display in yards. As is the case with all decor, the size of the display should be determined by the size of the open space. Larger, more elaborate displays are more appropriate for large yards and fields, while smaller, simpler displays are best suited for small lawns. The degree to which the tractor, or tractor parts, are restored is a creative decision left up to the creator of the display.

When using a tractor as a singular display, the owner should consider adding other farm-themed accessories, such as hay bales, scarecrows, and planted flowers. A potted plant placed on the seat of the tractor makes for a fun, colourful display. One should display the tractor in such as way as to make it a focal point of the area. Other popular ways to display an antique tractor are at the entrance to a property or along the divide between a property and a road. A waterproof scarecrow,, constructed of old clothing stuffed with plastic bags, can be situated upon the seat of the tractor. The scarecrow, posed as a farmer waving hello to passersby, serves as a friendly welcome to all visitors and drivers who might pass it.

For larger areas of display, the use of several antique tractors and tractor accessories creates a dramatic impact. Grass growing between the components of the display adds to the feeling that the tractors have been parked there for a long time.

How to Buy Antique Tractor Parts on eBay

To find and purchase antique tractor parts on eBay,, type a simple keyword such as 'antique tractor parts&' in the search bar. With the search results, there are several ways in which you may further limit the search to fit your individual needs. If, for example, you are looking for parts for a certain make of tractor, you may select it from the list: for example, select David Brown to only display results from that make, or Fordson if that is the make you need. There are other parameters you may use to restrict your search, including the condition of the item and the item's age, as well as the location of the item. Given the size and weight of some tractor parts, the possibility of pick-up, as opposed to shipping, is a relevant consideration in your search.

Once you have limited your search to one part, or to a small number of parts from which to choose, examine the listing carefully. Compare any pictures with the written details for accuracy. You should review thoroughly any payment and shipping requirements set forth by the individual seller. Click on the name of the seller to be redirected to the individual's eBay seller feedback page, where you may read comments left by past buyers as well as securely contact the seller with any questions or concerns about the listing. eBay provides a great means to search through a large number of listings to find exactly the antique tractor part you need.


Antique tractors are a popular hobby, whether one is interested in collecting the parts or in restoring the antique tractors themselves. People display parts in their lawns, use them for making new works of art, and even compete in tractor-pulling competitions that are specifically for antique tractors.

Whether one is looking to purchase antique tractor parts for display, decoration, use in creating art, or for a restoration project, finding the parts needed on eBay is easier once the potential purchaser has read the information contained in this guide. Knowing the history of tractors, the various types of tractors, as well as the best way to restore tractors and tractor parts allows the buyer to be more confident in purchasing ability. Combining this knowledge with the provided directions for finding and purchasing antique tractor parts on eBay allows the potential purchaser to find the best part to meet the individual's needs.

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