Andy Coulter: An Addict Who Can't Kick the Habit

| October/November 1985

  • Andy Coulter

  • Andy Coulter

The Dallas County News, Adel, Iowa, reprinted by permission

Andy Coulter is an addict, but the habit he can't break is not dangerous to his health. He is simply hooked on buying antique tractors.

At age 17, Coulter is not your average 'old sage' antique enthusiast. The Panora-Linden High School senior says he rarely meets people his age that are as fanatical as he is about collecting old tractors, but that does not bother him the least bit.

When asked how many old tractors he has collected, Coulter replies 'not as many as I would like to have.'


In actuality, Coulter, son of James and Glesna Coulter of rural Linden, has seven tractors. He has all kinds, ranging from a 1935 International Harvester F-12 with lug wheels to a 1948 John Deere A. The F-12 was the first tractor he bought in 1980 to drive in the Linden Centennial parade.

Buying that first tractor 'was a big mistake,' according to Coulter's mother. 'You'd think he was a millionaire, the way he goes off and buys all these old tractors,' she joked.