Nice to know that their are "tractor lovers" here.....the book(s) mentioned above sound like good reading--hope they are illustrated/have pics.
One of our neighbors (Ernest LeBean) had a Rumley steam tractor....used only for parades
Ernest passed on in the late 50's....I wonder what happened to his tractor????
I liked the John Deere's that had two cylinders, were started by opening the pet-cocks and turning the fly wheel. I don't remember the year but my father got a new G John Deere, wow, it had electric start. Luckily the steering wheel was removable and you took it off and inserted a plug which in turn was inserted into the fly wheel so you could still start it when the electric starter failed.......as I remember this was quite often.
One drawback to the "new G" was between the front wheels was a box (row cropper) that allowed the front wheels to go up and down independently....John Deere had a name for it....I can't remember the name right now.
The problem was this box between the wheels would get jammed with mud more easily and you had to steer with the brakes.