609 Co. Rd. 1775, Route 5, Ashland, Ohio 44805
My tractor collecting began in 1968 with the purchase of an IH F-12 tractor, a 1933 model with a Waukesha engine. Since that time I've acquired a 1928 Farmall Regular, an F-14, F-12 with an IH engine, F-20 and F-30. Most recently I've purchased an IH W-12 (1934) serial 505, making it the third W-12 made by International Harvester. All of these tractors have been put into running order with original equipment. Some were pretty rough, having been gotten out of woods, behind barns and in scrap yards. Some are on rubber, some on steel, and all are painted according to the original IH color of red or gray, depending on their age, and restored as they were when new.
I have some other equipment to go with my tractors 1927 McCormick Deering 22x38 threshing machine, repainted and used the past two summers in a homecoming show. I have an IH 10 ft. power take-off binder, approximately 1931 model, and used this summer to cut grain for the threshing. My IH No. 8212' plow is painted and used to plow our garden. The IH 8' burr mill made about 1925 is repainted and was used recently to grind whole wheat flour which makes delicious baked goods. I also have an IH 2-roll corn husker, made about 1940, and recently bought an IH ensilage Cutter which was used to chop the garden refuse this fall. My latest purchase is an IH 42' pull-type combine made about 1941. To finish the list, I have a U.S. Goodhue wood frame corn husker made in about 1929, an IH type M engine (1 HP), IH LA (1 to 2 HP), and an IH cream separator.
Back to the F-12 Waukesha tractor. My father bought this tractor in August of 1936. It was three years old and he traded in a Fordson tractor. As the dealer was going out our lane with the old Fordson, my father showed me how to start the F-12. He wouldn't allow me (a 15-year old boy at that time) to crank the Fordson because it might kick back!
We used this F-12 for all our farm work through 1939. In 1939 he bought a model 40 AC combine, 40' cut, and we combined almost 200 acres of wheat, oats, timothy, clover and soybeans that summer and fall. That winter Dad traded the F-12 for an F-14 on rubber, and the old Waukesha F-12 didn't surface again until about 1964 when I stopped to call on a new area farmer.
I was selling IH farm equipment at that time, and there sat an old Waukesha F-12. I began to look it over and I remembered that on the left hand axle housing the fender mounting flanges were broken, and these were, too. Next I looked at the power take-off lever to see if it had a hole in it where I had bored one in Dad'sand sure enough, it did, too. I was sure then that this was Dad's old F-12. I tried to buy it then, but the owner wouldn't sell. I kept tabs on this tractor, and about 4 years later it was traded to another dealer, and I was able to buy it at that time.
When I got the tractor home I was showing it to Dad and telling about the broken axle flanges and the hole in the power take-off lever. He remembered them both. Then I noticed the steering knob, which was all wrapped in tape and very worn. I asked Dad if he remembered my making a steering wheel knob for the tractor. He rememberd this knob to be the round end off an old rocking chair back and that it had two grooves around it. I took off all the old tape and there were the grooves! Dad said, 'This is our old tractor; there can be no doubt now', and so at last the old Waukesha F-12 was back home.
Someone had cut the rear wheels down and put it on rubber. It had a single rubber tire front wheel when we had it, and this was still on the tractor. I located a pair of the old type F-12 rear steel wheels in Indiana, put new rings in the engine, ground the valves, overhauled the carburetor and governor, and have just repainted it. It runs as good as it ever did.