An Engine Wife’s Testimonial

By Staff
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Pictured is Larry's latest engine restoration. It's a 3-4 horsepower type A United, vintage around 1917. United was built by Associated, modified a bit and distributed by United Engine Co. of Michigan.
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Also pictured is a 1937 McCormick Deering 0-12. This is one of 2,368 built and features electric start and lights. Larry restored this tractor in 1985, and we have shown it at several tractor and engine shows.

60286 Red Arrow Highway Hartford, Michigan 49057

My husband, Larry, has been reading GEM for about 4 years, and I
have glanced through it a few times. I have seen some nice pictures
of work guys have done on tractors and engines and I would like to
tell you about Larry’s.

Larry has what I consider quite a collection of tractors and
engines. He has made 10 tractors and 5 engines look better than
when they came off the assembly line, according to some of the guys
that were around at that time.

I consider Larry’s work to be one of the best I have seen.
He takes a lot of pain and pride in his restoration- believe me,
our 2 sons and I have been there when things didn’t go just
right! Larry has spent hundreds of hours painstakingly sanding,
grinding, pounding, filing, and we have all been enlisted to help
in one way or another. We have seen tractors and engines dismantled
and parts hanging all over the garage waiting to be painted. In the
end, though, the job is the best that can be done.

As you can see, the pin striping was quite artistic. Larry found
the original stripes by using Zip Strip to remove the paint a layer
at a time.

As the wife of a ‘tractor and engine enthusiast’, I am
proud of my husband’s work.

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