CLETRAC RESCUED In Rattlesnake Country...

Cindy Eppley with Little Ernie

Content Tools

P.O. Box 118 Clarcona, Florida 32710

For almost a year I tried to deal on a General GG tractor built by Cletrac. It is a small three-wheeler, two 12' plow tractor. The owner lived on a small farm near Ocala, Florida and had long since run it back in a fence corner where the tires rotted thrice, cows ate the plug wires and rust and rodents took over.

The first time I looked at it, the owner and I walked back to see it through pine and palmetto (prime Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake territory and he was barefooted)! He didn't seem the least bit interested in selling, so I went on my way.

A few weeks ago, I gave him a call, made an offer and after he and his 'cook' conferred, he accepted.

Hauled it home and what a mess! Put on good tires, cleaned mouse nest out of manifold, squirrel nest out of gas tank, drained sludge from crankcase, poured a gallon of kerosene in crankcase, replaced plugs and fired it up.

I have sales bulletin, operator's and repair parts manuals for it. It has a Hercules 1XA3 engine so parts are available. The tractor used Avery mounted plows, panters, cultivators, etc. After two years, Cleveland sold patents, etc. to Avery. Avery changed the engine to an 1XB and sold the tractor as 'BF Avery A'.

My tractor was originally sold to 'Dr. Phillips, Inc.' a local citrus grower and processor corporation; they sold it after several years to the Ocala owner. So I'm the third owner.

As you can see from the pictures, this hobby doesn't just belong to a man's world. The pictures are of my WD40 McDeering and my girlfriend's 1-12 McDeering. My girlfriend, Cindy Eppley, is pictured on her 1-12 'little Ernie'. If you look on Ernie's fenders, you can see the two daisies I had to paint for her.

The tractors are restored to mint condition and Cindy did the naming. Ernie is the grandson and the WD40 is called 'Boss'.

Boss is the grandfather with two big stalks of wheat on the rear fenders. Ernie has a brother named 'Bert'. Bert is a W-12 McDeering who is presently in the hospital with a belly ache (bad motor).

Cindy loves to go to the shows with Ernie. When she gets there and when Ernie is off the truck, they take off and are lost in the crowd. When I first met her, she would come over to the shop and help me work on the tractors. She cleaned rust and grease and loved every bit of the mess and work that goes with keeping such big 'toys'. So I gave her Ernie as a gift.

Eric A. Ganjon, 1432 Hughs Shop Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157