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The Antinker

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I am a 17-year-old senior at Cascade High in Turner, Ore., and have been an assistant teacher for the small engines class for two years. I bought this Sears & Roebuck lawn tractor model no. 917-8330 in the summer of 1999. I call it "The Antinker" because it is an antique and you have to tinker with it to keep it running. This has been an ongoing project with my dad and grandpa, who have helped me out tremendously.

So far we have freed the kingpins that were frozen solid, tuned up the 6 HP Tecumseh engine, spent many hours on carburetion and painted it. The seat was replaced with one from a 1950s Toro because I didn't like how the original looked. Other than that, it is original.

In May of 2004, I decided to enter it in the Turner parade, where I won first place in the antique farm equipment division. After that, I entered it in the Marion County Fair as an exhibitor through the FFA and took second place.

Currently, I am working on a Maytag gas engine and a 1947 David Bradley, hopefully to be finished before next June. If anyone has any information on this tractor, I would really like to hear from you.

Tony Morrical
8424 55th Ave. SE
Turner, OR 97392