Three of a Kind Beats two Pair

THREE GIBSON I'S WITH CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS


| August/September 2000



Tractors

507 South Seventh, Atwood, Kansas 67730

On March 27, 1999, I went to Grantville, Kansas (northeast of Topeka), for the late Eldon Bright sale. One of the tractors my brother Art and I purchased was a Gibson I. The body was fairly straight, but the steering wheel and exhaust had been bent two years earlier when the shed in which it was being stored collapsed under the weight of snow. The motor was also stuck, because of the water from the melted snow.

Art had previously purchased and restored a Gibson D, and later a Gibson E. The fact that the Gibsons were made so close to home (Longmont, Colorado) sparked my interest.

I started restoring our treasure by first freeing up the motor and then completing a little work on it. At that time, I decided to take the Gibson I to a professional, Bill's Repair Shop in Superior, Nebraska, where Art and I have taken other tractors. Researching the Gibson further, we learned that Gibson made between 50,000 and 60,000 tractors, which included eight different models. Approximately 500 Gibson H's and approximately 500 Gibson I's were produced. Because of the rarity of our Gibson I, we asked Bill to restore it completely. Bill happened to have a Gibson I of his own that he had restored.

Art and I decided to go to the Rock Island, Illinois, sale together. On our way, we stopped off at Bill's to leave some parts. Bill was busy and asked me to show Art his collection. I happened to look at the serial number of Bill's Gibson I and noted it to be I 608. I told Art that our tractor was I 609. We finished touring Bill's very impressive tractor collection, visited with Bill for a short time, and went on our way to Rock Island, forgetting to tell Bill about the serial numbers.

A couple of weeks later, Bill called to say he had a load of tractors done for us, so I headed back to Superior. Our Gibson I was very impressively restored. At the time, I told Bill about the serial numbers being I 608 and I 609.