Acquiring A Custom


| May/June 1993



Custom tractor

HCR 1, Box 54, Rockham, South Dakota 57470

This story takes place in the winter of 1989. First, let me say that I am fairly new at the game of collecting old iron, but I enjoy attending shows and sales where there might be something old and interesting.

We have several tractors, a couple of trucks and several engines here on the farm. My son Dennis farms with me, and shares an interest in old iron as well.

One day a friend of Dennis's by the name of Jerry was out to the farm looking at some of our antiques. In the course of the visit, he said he knew of a tractor I might be interested in. I was all ears and started asking questions about it. I asked what kind it was, and he answered it was a Custom. I said I had never heard of one of those, and he was right, I was interested. He said it belonged to his brother-in-law, that it hadn't been run for years, and that he thought it might be for sale.

Jerry said he would be glad to take us to see it, if we could find a day when everyone could get away. I must point out that it was the first part of January, and that the weather here in South Dakota sometimes dictates when and where you go. After a phone call or two, arrangements were made to go the following Saturday to look at this piece of tired iron. Jerry insisted on driving that day. The fact that he had just bought a new four-wheel drive pickup might have had something to do with it, but as it turned out it was a good thing we had a four-wheel drive.

The three of us struck out after the chores were done on Saturday morning. Jerry's brother-in-law lived north of Kennebeck, which is what we call the west river country here in South Dakota. It is about a three hour drive from our farm. We did not have any snow on the ground at our place, but it wasn't long before we started running into snow. The further we drove, the more snow we noticed along the way.