RT 2 Red Wing , MN 55066
I found my 1922 10-20 Titan through GEM at Baraboo, Wisconsin about 200 miles east of here. I bagained for it over the phone and hooked my fifth wheel trailer to my pick up and with the help of a young friend, Larry Mandelkow, went after it.
It was all there, but every joint except the front and back wheels and the steering wheel were frozen with rust.
The water tank had about 30 holes in it. We used a wood block and 20 pound mallet to loosen the pistons. Several friends helped me with these problems.
I took the entire tractor apart, scraped and cleaned and then had it steam cleaned. Later I had it sand blasted before reassembling.
I had it pretty well together, when I suffered a heart attack and spent 15 days in the hospital and four months recuperating at home.
Finally I got it ready for the final painting, putting on decals, polished brass fittings and a new oak platform all varnished and looking great. I hired a friend, Butch Scott, to do the painting and finishing.
I am 71 years old, have been collecting and restoring tractors for seven years, when I had to quit farming and have cancer surgery.
It has been a very interesting hobby and having had a couple of pictures of my tractors and engines published in GEM I have received letters from as far away as Australia.
Among the other tractors I have restored are a 15-30 McCormick Deering, A 22-36 1936 Model, a WK-40, and 8-16 kerosene International (which was pictured in GEM.) several F 20's and F 30's and Regular Farmalls. I have just purchased a 1925 Model T sedan Ford. I have taken it all apart and am in the process of restoring it. This will be my winter project. I enjoy your magazine and my young friends do too. I have to hide it until I get to read it.