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My Little Mini 'B'

History: The Call of Oil, Grease, and Green Paint

| February/March 2000

  • Little mini B
    My little mini 'B.'
  • The rusty hunk
    The engines that started the project. The rusty hunk is now running the Mini 'B.'
  • Sears tractor

  • Little mini B
  • The rusty hunk
  • Sears tractor

Box 1152 Tomball, Texas 77375

I grew up in a small Iowa town with a farm economy. My dad shelled corn and hauled products to market for the local farmers. I became acquainted with oil and grease at the tender age of eight, when I was allowed to 'help' service the trucks and John Deere corn sheller. Dad would grease the bearings and I would pump the grease gun handle.

At about age ten (1947 or thereabouts) there seemed to be large numbers of one cylinder Maytags around. That was the time electric mowers were taking over the jobs of pumping and running the wash machines on the farms. I don't remember all the details, but several single cylinder Maytags were 'acquired.' Best of memory is $5.00 was the going price. I regularly took them apart and at one point made a composite motor and attached it to my trusty coaster wagon with a pulley braised to the rear wheel. That was my first motorized transport.

The following years up to 1992 were busy working, raising family, traveling the world, living in England, South Korea, and other places. There was not much time for nostalgia or Green Machines. Then I retired......

In 1992 my brother, who still lives in Iowa, located a 1952 John Deere 'B' that had been used the past few years only for plowing snow out of a local small motel parking lot. The tractor was in good shape and brought back thoughts of a long time ago. I wanted that tractor! My brother met me in the spring in southern Missouri, pickup to pickup, trailer to trailer, and transferred the B.

That was the beginning of a renewed affair with oil, grease, and green paint.


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