2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Expert Specializes In Obsolete Parts“If you’re looking for rare and hard-to-find tractor parts, I probably have them, know about them, or can tell you where to find them,” says Greg Stephen, who has made antique and unusual parts his business for the past 25 years. Stephen’s storefront is a website called The Old Tractor Company. It’s literally a museum of parts, product and service manuals, rare equipment and collectibles. He sells pistons, emblems, weights, steering wheels, carburetors and just about anything else for rare antique tractors.
“My father started the Stephen Equipment Company in the 1950’s and he enjoyed collecting old stuff,” says Greg, who grew up learning the trade. “I picked up where he left off 25 years ago and it’s just grown from there,” Stephen says. “The internet has given us a much wider audience and that’s helped us grow as well.”
In addition to collecting and selling rare parts, Stephen’s website is the place to go for discontinued Deere toys. The site offers a selection of Deere AR and Collector’s Edition Model D’s, the unstyled model A on steel wheels, and low volume toys like the GPWT Bronze Replica. Other products are added as Stephen acquires them.
If you’ve ever wondered how much an old Deere pocket knife is worth, the value of old sales brochures, or how much you should pay for a Deere dealership sign at auction, Stephen has the answer. He spent several years researching a large field of Deere collectibles from two-cylinder days and has put the information into a book titled Two Cylinder Collectibles.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Greg Stephen, The Old Tractor Company, P.O. Box 709, 7460 E. Highway 86, Franktown, Colo. 80116 (ph 303-841-2299; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.theoldtractorcompany.com).
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