1921 Best Tractor

| September/October 1997

1921 Best Thirty Tractor

Bill Santos of 8315 Amber Lane, Newcastle, California 95658 tells the restoration tale of this 1921 Best Thirty in this issue.

8315 Amber Lane, Newcastle, California 95658

I am a retired Cat salesman, having spent 37 years with a Caterpillar dealer, Tenco, in the Sacramento area.

I spent the first 13 years as a mechanic and worked on all the early gas Caterpillars.

As a salesman for Tenco we took customers to Peoria, Illinois, in the winter to visit the factory.

In 1981 on a trip to the factory I got into a conversation with a neighboring customer from Redding. We talked about old tractors and gas engines. He said he had a Thirty tractor that he wanted to restore some day. We exchanged business cards and that was the last I heard from him.

In May of 1995 I got a call from him asking if I would be going to the Anderson Gas Engine Show. He wanted to get rid of the Thirty as he wasn't doing anything with it. I met him at the show and he took me out to his place to look at the Thirty and other items.