4596 Co. Home Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015
A picture in an old family album has led to this story and the restoration of a 1919 IHC 8-16 tractor I now own. I received a lead that a tractor with this description was in Michigan and might be for sale. Several letters and more phone calls finally got me in touch with the owner. The price was negotiated as to the condition described and a trip was planned to go and get the tractor.
As usual, my wife and I forgot our camera, so the unique setting of this old logging camp and a rustic bank barn where the tractor was buried under a fallen down hay mow will never be reproduced in a picture. But the vision of this 'find' will always be in my mind.
After returning home and looking over the almost complete but rusty 8-16 I put out a call in the GEM asking for any information on the tractor. I can't say how many letters from all over the United States, and one from Canada, I received with all the information I needed.
I don't keep track of my time, but I do know it took 18 hours with a commercial sand blaster to take off the rust. I got the tractor together 3 days before I planned to go to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, as the reward for finishing the job.
This experience was worth all the effort taken to restore the tractor and a big 'Thank you' is in order for everyone at that show for a wonderful time. I also want to express my appreciation to GEM for making a way possible to secure information to people interested in this kind of a hobby.
My 8-16 is the early 1919 model with the Madison Kipp oiler serial # VB 5345. I am now working on a 17-30 Cross Engine Minneapolis # 2289 that I still need year and other information on.