| September/October 1989

2277 Berry Road Amelia, Ohio 45102

As long as I can remember, I've always been interested in tractors and machinery of all types. But with the thought in mind that they would always be around as we know them.

Unknown to me on a cold January day in 1985 my thoughts and attitude would be changing from, it will always be around, to having importance and zeal of capturing part of the past that is fast disappearing.

On that cold January day in 1985, a friend, Ray Curry, told me about a burned tractor he had just traded for. Said he'd sell it. A man might be able to put a small four-cylinder engine on the transmission and build himself a small tractor. As to the make of the tractor, no one knew.

I went to his shop and saw the tractor in sad condition. Burned to a crisp. Aluminum brackets melted off. All rubber parts burned. The wheels unusable being warped from the heat. But oddly enough the cylinder head and piston cylinder didn't seem to be affected and the engine would turn over with compression, no less.

The transmission housing and basically the whole structure of the tractor was impressive. For it was built like a large tractor, only small. Made from heavy gauge steel castings and steering system that would put a large tractor to shame. It even had a four-point hydraulic hitch. You could see a person could do anything with this machine. All this powered by a one-cylinder diesel engine, which we thought was junk.