As I See It


| February/March 1989



Oliver 77 Standard

Author Stuckey with his recently restored Oliver 77 Standard.

4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424

The 14th Annual Reunion was held by the Mid-America Threshing and Antique, Inc. of Tipton, Ind., August 12, 13, and 14. This year's president, Terry Ploughe, was greatly interested in having a successful show featuring the Minneapolis-Moline line of equipment. The Prairie Gold Rush Show was on with over 120 tractors and many other types of machinery of the same color. The details were in the capable hands of Mark Henderson and his wife. Mark's father, Don, made a sizable contribution to the success of the show before his untimely passing.

It was evident by the rows of Prairie Gold that this equipment had been sold by many dealers in the area. Visible over all the others the A4T-1600 was the doyen of the clan. Even though there were scores of tractors, there were few duplicates. Guy Alspaugh, the Uniking, brought four of his fourteen, including a rare manure spreader. Don Kingen was up front with his very nice un-restored RCAB and UDLX. Nearby was the famous 1938 UDLX belonging to Francis Sutherland of Harrisville, Pa., who brought his display the greatest distance. In the window of the Sutherland tractor, was a sign that said 150 UDLX tractors were made and 77 are known to exist.

Across from the hospitality tent was Ernest Weissert's NXT, 1944 Navy Jeep. This beautiful rare piece was the result of an accidental find in Florida and months of meticulous restoration. The people in the crowd surrounding the Jeep focused their attention on the modified Z engine installation and the auxiliary transmission between the engine and normal transmission. The Jeep performed as it did when new in 1944. It was a true resurrection, verified by the before pictures Ernest had.

Also in the limelight was Rex Mercer's ZASI tractor, an Air Force contract tractor which was beautifully restored and painted Prairie Gold to the same perfection as Rex's Minneapolis-Moline Super Four.

In the afternoon parade we saw a UTS Propane, which we all had seen at Ed Welter's. It has since been purchased by an Indiana couple. I'm sure Ed and Sally saw other M M tractors there that they had once owned. The parade not only included most of the M M tractors, but scores of other makes that filled the showgrounds.