Don't Lose Your Chance To Learn

| October/November 1998

913 W. Packard Street Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

I named this tractor in remembrance of my grandfather. I graduated from high school in 1972. Like many, my life was consumed with finding work, exploring independence, and beginning my adult life. During this time, my grandfather began to collect older stationary engines. I'm told that he had 8-10 engines, all running. What kinds? I have no idea. Even though I lived no more than 25 miles from his home, I never saw any of these engines, nor conversed about them. When I was discharged from the service in 1978, the engines were long gone and never mentioned again.

I did not become interested in hit n miss engines until twenty years later. The basic tractor was purchased at an auction in southeastern Wisconsin. The engine didn't run, the gas tank leaked, and it was mounted on rubber tires. A thorough cleaning and a valve job got the 2 HP Fuller & Johnson NB running. Making new spindles, building 12 inch wide steel wheels for the rear took much longer. A coat of paint and a steam whistle completed the project. All that was needed was a name. In the three years since I bought my first engine I've noticed a common thread. I've talked to many people who have a deep regard for old iron and sharing their knowledge with whomever will listen. I lost my chance to learn from my grandfather. Hopefully, those who see my putt putt at shows will be reminded not to let this happen to them.