NOT COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS


| September/October 1996



U-Haul engine

1206 S. Pine Street, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546

Change is the one thing which re-mains constant. In the spring of 1995 we decided to change jobs. Moving is always a traumatic experience, but this time things were exceptionally unsettling as one job opportunity after another fell through. Finally, I was offered a position in Janesville, Wisconsin, which met everyone's needs.

Being an advocate and collector of old iron has both benefits and drawbacks. One June morning my new employer phoned asking how things were and whether we were moving to a farm. When I said 'No' he questioned why I wanted to move a farm tractor as it was not a 'common household item.' NOT A COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEM? How could I leave my 1935 John Deere B behind? I had owned it for over 20 years, moving it from the U. P. [Upper Peninsula] of Michigan to Mississippi to Arkansas to Missouri. I didn't find it necessary to mention that I had 10 gas engines and a 1949 Farmall C I was planning to bring also.

The small gas engines were no problem, as they were on trailers and could be towed behind my car. The tractors were another story. There was some question as to whether I would have to pay extra if my move was overweight.

Moving day came and there was no van. When it arrived three days later the driver stopped, got out, walked across the lawn, and asked if the tractor also 'went.' Evidently no one had told him it was to go. He was not happy about not being told.

Loading went smoothly enough considering the July heat. Along about 1:30 p.m., when most items were loaded, the driver announced that he thought we could load on both tractors and still not be over weight. By backing one tractor in and driving the second one forward there would be room. We measured it not once, but twice! We could do it!