Young Mikulanis in midst of the restoration process.
11863 Serena Road Lakeside, California 92040
This is a story of a young man's dedication to hard work and the realization of seeing his project finished, and being admired by his friends.
About three years ago, I was working in one of the small back-country towns east of San Diego and noticed an old tractor sitting on a rock in the middle of a field. I went over to look at it and found out that it was an Oliver Hart Parr 18-28. I'm relatively new to the 'sport' of old iron collecting and didn't recognize the names Oliver or Hart Parr. I made an offer on the tractor to the fellow who owned it, he accepted, and before I knew it I was the proud owner of a tractor I had never heard of.
The tractor had been rolled over, the exhaust pipe was bent, the fenders were bent, and the left tires were gone; but the last owner said it ran.
The next Saturday, I rented a trailer big enough to haul it, and my 10 year-old son and I went to pick it up. When he saw it he was really excited, and couldn't wait to get it home. On the way home he asked a question that most wives ask, 'What are you going to do with it?' I asked him, 'Why?' and he said he wanted it. I made him a deal. If he scraped, scrubbed, cleaned, banged, fixed, and painted it, he could have it. Like I said, that was three years ago. This year he finished it. With only a little help and a lot of bank roll from me, he stuck to it for those three years and now he has a completed project that he can be proud of. He entered it as a 4-H project this spring at the Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair and won the Grand Champion Award in the 'Exhibitor's Choice' category. It was noticed there and he was asked to display it at the Del Mar Fair, San Diego's big summer fair. I also drove it in a parade for him this year. On the next page is an assignment he had to do for 6th grade English class. He was to write a fairy tale and he decided to write one about his tractor.
He is really proud of his tractor, as well he should be. I'm proud of him for his accomplishments and dedication. It's real important to get the younger generation involved now so they will stay with it and be the future of the 'old iron' hobby. He will be 13 years old this fall and I hope I can keep his interest going in our hobby for many years to come. We want to thank everyone that was kind enough to answer our letters and furnish us with a small library of information about the tractor.