Incomplete Collection


| October/November 2000


10990 Byron Court Woodstock, Illinois 60098

This is the first time that I have ever written an article to GEM. I have enjoyed reading the stories of all my fellow collectors and their 'diamonds in the rough.' This magazine has led me to purchase many pieces of equipment, which are in my collection today. My interest in tractors started when I was five years old. My grandfather, Joseph Loucky, would take me to tractor shows and talk about the days that had gone by.

The first piece of equipment that I bought was a Fairbanks-Morse model Z hit and miss engine. I was only fourteen at the time but worked very hard mowing lawns during the summer to save the money to buy this engine. The shipping of it from Massachusetts to Illinois cost the same as the purchase price of the engine. It is hard to believe, but it has taken up to last summer to restore this engine, and I am now twenty-three.

The second piece in my collection was a 1940 Farmall model B tractor. This tractor came from Burton, Kansas, from a gentleman named Shawn. He collected many different types of tractors and was willing to help a young person get started in the hobby. Five hundred dollars was all that I had at the time and what he was willing to sell me the tractor for. This money also came from lawns and repairing lawn mowers for the people who lived on my street. The reason why I had to have a Farmall was because of an interest my grandfather instilled in me. He used to use a Farmall Cub to work a small parcel of property that he farmed with friends and family members in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. I originally set out to buy this Cub, but my mother's uncle was not willing to sell it at the time.

When I turned eighteen I bought the pride and joy of my collection, a ? scale Advance-Rumely steam traction engine. This engine came from Michigan and was on display at the Clyde Poll Museum for many years. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, he was willing to part with the engine, which was his father's, for a very reasonable price. It took more than a year of mowing lawns to pay for this one, but it was well worth it.

The latest piece in my collection is a 1942 Farmall M tractor which I purchased in my own hometown of Woodstock, Illinois, and did not have a long ride to get it home. Through all these years I worked with my grandfather on not only these pieces in the collection, but many other small engines and tractors, often hearing many stories of the old Farmall Cub in Clarendon Hills. This brings me to the reason why I am writing my first story. Perhaps later I will have enough courage to write a lengthy story for each of the above machines, but this particular story I am writing is to hopefully obtain the missing piece to the collection.






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