Dad's Old EAGLE 6

Old Eagle 6 Tractor

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(Mrs. Richard) Flahiff 6422 West US 6 Gibsonburg, Ohio 43431

Bought new in 1935, the Eagle 6 first belonged to Richard A. Flahiff. It was used mostly at that time for cash crop farming and numerous other maintenance duties around the family farm.

Times changed, the need for the Eagle 6 diminished and the tractor was then sold. Dad Flahiff died in 1961, leaving behind many memories, including those of the big Eagle 6. Meanwhile, the Eagle passed through several new owners.

As young Richard and his three sisters grew to adulthood, they exchanged many tales about Dad's old tractor. Working in a related field, Richard's interest in gas engines and antique tractor restoration began to grow. As his own collection of antique tractors increased, he traveled to auctions, consignment sales and farm sales, always remembering the old Eagle 6 and wondering at its whereabouts.

At one time, after seeing an old tractor along the road, he returned only to find it was his father's tractor and it had already been sold to a nearby neighbor.

The old tractor had been sitting in an old barn on Route 6 for 20 years without Dick's knowing its whereabouts. In 1993, fate offered Dick a chance to purchase another Eagle 6 of the same style, but Dick declined as it 'just wouldn't have been Dad's tractor.'

One evening in January 1994, while attending a tractor restoration meeting, his friend approached and asked if he was still interested in purchasing his father's tractor. A deal was struck and the Eagle 6 was finally returned to the Flahiff family where it will be protected from the elements, restored and displayed with pride.

If tractors had feelings, this Eagle 6 would be more than happy. As this story is written, Dick is busy checking out every little part, greasing and oiling and making replacements where needed. He has used his Eagle to transport things around the farm and has even checked it out for power. Needless to say we have several pictures of Dick driving his dad's old Eagle.