14 YEAR OLD COLLECTOR

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170-E Poplar Ridge Road, Alexandria, Kentucky 41001

Your article in the January-February 1982 magazine on page 30 entitled 'My Collection', which was written by a 14-year-old named Chris Barth, prompted me to write. I, too, am 14 years old and I've been going to engine shows since I was five years old. By the time I was six or seven, my dad purchased a 2 HP 'Hired Hand' engine manufactured by Associated, which I quickly set claim to. To this date my family and I have 16 engines, two pumps, seven antique cars and five tractors.

In my own collection I have a 1943 Toro tractor, the Hired Hand mentioned above, a 3 HP Witte engine, a 4 HP Famous IHC, and I am half owner of a 1935 B John Deere with my dad. Of course, my dad and grandpa help me with my machinery all the time, but I decide which engines to take to the shows.

The newest addition to my collection is the half of the John Deere that I own, which my dad, my grandpa and I restored last winter. It has already been driven in one parade, been to one show and is being prepared to go to its second.

My favorite of all the tractors isn't even mine. It's my brother's. It's a 1938 number 3 CO-OP tractor which has been in six parades and three shows. It is a mighty powerful tractor though. It has a six cylinder Chrysler Industrial engine. We bought it from its original owner who used it until 1976. We've used it to run a shingle mill and a thresher. My brother and I are very proud of it, but not near as proud as my dad is of our John Deere.

That about wraps it up except for the dedication to my grandparents and the rest of my family-especially my mom, who has had to put up with all the stories about the engines and all the oily and greasy engine parts sitting on the kitchen waiting to be cleaned.

Thanks for the idea, Chris!