A Brief Word

| September/October 2000

As we assemble this column in early July, we are also doing the page proofs for our new book, Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors. As noted earlier, the intended publication date was pushed back due to the tragic death of our editor, John Brecka. Picking up where he left off was quite a difficult job. After various delays and problems, the book has made it to the final stages, and by the time you read this copy, we may have it in production. We are pleased with the layout, and hope that the vast amount of information will be useful to those interested in vintage tractors.

Plans keep moving along for our planned tour of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand next February. By early autumn we will be moving into the final stages. We may still have a few places available in case you would like to join us.

This month the queries are pretty scarce . . . that is the usual thing this time of year. After all, who wants to spend his time writing letters when there are so many interesting things to do outdoors?

Our friends Klaus and Petra Hottges from Germany left Boston about June 30 for a tractor tour that will end in San Francisco. They plan to stop in Amana along their way. We admire anyone who has the courage to drive a tractor across the United States. In their instance it is a 1955 Lanz Bulldog.

Our first query is:

35/9/1 Type M and Tiny Tim Q. Photo 1A is a 'before' and 1B is an 'after' of a 1? HP McCormick-Deering engine. It needed lots of parts, and many of these came from various GEM advertisers . Also see 1C of a Tiny Tim Battery Charger. It is a Model L65, s/n K-1529, 6 volts, and 240 watts, It was made by Continental Motors, Muskegon, Michigan. Can anyone provide any information on this unit? Carl G. Guretse, 304 Perkiomen Ave., Lansdale, PA 19446.