Caterpillar Collection

| March/April 1991

  • Caterpillar collection

    Marvin Fery

  • Caterpillar collection

6335 Hazelgreen Rd. N.E., Salem, Oregon 97305.

I have been reading GEM for many years. I have read a lot of articles and have seen many collections of assorted tractors and motors, but I have never seen a picture of a Caterpillar collection.

I have enclosed a picture of some of my Caterpillar collection. These are the ones I have restored so far (from left to right): 1929 Cat 10, wide gage; 1930 Cat 15, narrow gage; 1930 Cat 15, wide gage; 1932 Cat 22, narrow gage; 1934 Cat 22, wide gage; 1939 R-2, wide gage; and a 1929 Cat 30, narrow gage.

I have a total of twenty old Cats and am buying more as they come along. This year's project is a 1934 Cat 28, wide gage with factory electric start (very rare). It takes me about a year to restore a machine. I am an excavating contractor in Oregon and have time to work on my Cats during the winter months.

I enjoy buying and collecting old Cats partly because of the people who have previously owned them. I have bought Cats from 'old timers' who purchased them new. When you listen to these people and their stories, you learn the Cats' complete history. These old machines will be around for a long time, but the saddening part is that the people who bought them new will be gone with all their stories of farming, logging, and construction. That is one of the reasons why I'm going to try to preserve as many as I can in my lifetime and hopefully someone will follow in my footsteps and keep all the stories straight for the next generation.