441 S. Milton Avenue Shelley, Idaho 83274
I have read with interest several fine articles sent in concerning judging of engines and tractors, and I certainly agree with the majority that the start of judging is one of the best and surest ways of messing up a fine hobby. It not only soon becomes a rich man's way of showing wealth, but the competition among fellow collectors is not the best way to continue the fine friendships that develop through our mutual interests. And surely a fine original engine is just as neat as an over-restored one.
I.R.O.N. (Idaho Revivers of Nostalgia), Branch #7 of EDGE & TA, is a small group of fun-loving Old Iron Nuts that enjoy an occasional 'playday' and really get into the fun aspect of the hobby. Following is a document prepared by member Bob Remsburg that depicts our true symptoms.
Iron Oxide Fever-Many cases reported in Idaho-Highly contagious. Symptoms: Victims of Iron Oxide Fever may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
1. Spends spare time rummaging through salvage yards
2. Attends all antique engine tractor shows within a 600 mile radius.
3. Subscribes to one or more of the following magazines; Two Cylinder, Engineers & Engines, Gas Engine Magazine, or Iron Men Album.
4. Develops a sudden interest in wearing bib overalls, straw hats and plaid shirts.
5. Eyesight so poor he can barely pass a driver's license test, but can spot a rusty engine ? mile through the field, in the weeds behind an old shed.
6. Hauls home all sorts of broken, rusted engines that won't run, tractors with better than half of the parts missing, and other assorted, rusted unidentifiable parts.
7. Associates and converses only with other victims of Iron Oxide Fever.
8. Drools excessively over restored antique units and is obsessed with obtaining same.
9. Has accumulated enough restoration projects to last another 100 years and just brought home one more.
10. Restoration of antiques takes precedence over house painting, snow shoveling, lawn mowing and sometimes even work.
11. Weekend drives consist of prowling the back roads of the countryside looking for more collectibles.
Treatment: There is no known cure for Iron Oxide Fever. It is highly contagious, especially among some older men interested in preserving the 'Good Old Days.' The fever will run its course in approximately 60 years.
Recommendations: The following conditions are essential to the survival of the afflicted:
1. Understanding wife and family.
2. Membership in several antique collectors groups.
3. Attendance at all local, regional and national antique engine and tractor shows.
4. Treat respectfully, as criticism can prolong the condition.
5. An old shed full of rusty cast iron.
6. Several acqaintances also afflicted with the fever.
Signed, Hassen Ben Konsius, Director of Insanity, State of Nostalgia.
All new cases must be reported to Branch 7 EDGE&TA. Afflicted persons contact CIA (Cast Iron Anonymous). Help also available from Idaho Revivers of Nostalgia.