NO BIG DEAL


| November/December 1990



Model T Speedster

(better known as 'Speed' Roe's wife) 2397 M-50 Tecumseh, Michigan 49286

My story starts in 1942 when I was helping my husband-to-be put a new plow together. He proposed to me by asking, 'How would you like to be my wrench jockey for the rest of your life ?' Now how could any woman in her right mind pass up a chance like that?

Since that time, whenever he has been overhauling, building, or restoring something, I have been at his elbow ready to 'hunt and fetch' such things as end wrenches, box end wrenches, sockets, socket extensions, crescent wrenches, pliers, lock pliers, screwdrivers (hex, slotted, and Phillips), pullers, punches, paint-guns, grease-guns, trowels, oil cans, hammers (ballpeen, sledge, little ones, big ones, and rubber), crow bars, drills, sanders, jointers, jigsaws, squares, levels, and more tools than I can list. At times, when not too dangerous, I'm even permitted to use them!

Where I really shine though is in cleaning up parts and messes, sweeping, sanding, painting, getting my hands in small holes and little areas, holding lights, and asking dumb questions, but my husband says that sometimes I get good ideas, too.

In the past, I've helped Speed restore a 1915 Model T Speedster and a 1955 Ford pickup. We've also built a half-scale simulation of a 1907 Mogul tractor and a seven foot snowblower, which has a 130 HP engine and a heated cab. In addition to these, we've had oodles of other projects, including restoration of many small antique engines, with his pride and joy being a 1912 6 HP Bullseye engine. My favorite, though, is the Mogul simulation, because I think it shows many of Speedy's creative and ingenious talents.

After being involved in all of my husband's projects, I decided I was going to try my hand at his game, so I got an early 1949 E3 Co-Op tractor, a 1940 McCormick-Deering manure spreader, and an early 1950 Choremaster garden tractor-at a total cost of $10.00 for all three of them! Now you don't get much for $10.00!