| November/December 1980

The Old Rectory, Ashbrittle, NR Wellington, Somerset, England

I thought that others might be interested in my recent experiences following the purchase of another Cletrac Crawler tractor added to my exclusively Cletrac collection here in England.

The first photograph shows the tractor on a half-height container in the docks at Manchester, England, and the other photograph shows the tractor as new outside the Cleveland, Ohio plant in 1930.

It was shortly after placing a wanted ad in the G.E.M. that I had a letter from Bill Buffington of Willard Equipment, Willard, Ohio, who also advertises in your magazine, stating that they had a Cletrac 80. Following that a few Polaroid pictures were sent over and a deal was agreed to include delivery to the docks in England.

At this point I want to express most warmly my appreciation and faith in all you guys 'across the pond' and particularly everybody at Willard Equipment. You can imagine that buying a tractor in another country presents enormous problems and can result in terrible hassels and to the unscrupulous operator presents an ideal opportunity for me to be 'ripped off.' Bill Buffington of Willard Equipment could not have been more helpful, and everything he has said about the tractor proved to be correct. They all worked extremely hard to deliver the tractor to the docks at short notice to catch a sailing to England. They also were extremely careful to see that all small items were tied down so that they did not fall off in shipment.

Indeed, I may say that throughout my shipping of Cletracs to Great Britain I have always experienced the most tremendous amount of goodwill and help when dealing with people out in the United States.