DOVES Antique Machines

| July/August 1991

Rt. 1,Box 149-B Mathias, West Virginia 26812

My article and pictures of several of our restored tractors is much later than I intended, but so are most things I undertake.

For quite some time, I have wanted to share with you fine machine enthusiasts some of our tractor restoration pictures.

My son Andy, and I began collecting a few tractors and other old farm machines about a half dozen years ago. Since that time we have been fortunate enough to acquire and restore several nice tractors of special interest to us for sentimental reasons. The tractors which we use in our farm operation are growing older, too. Enjoying our restoration projects, we realize how the fine vintages of life become more meaningful and enrich our lives in a worthwhile way. We see how drastically lifestyles have changed and the importance of preserving the present as well as the past. It is so sad indeed, to think of all the precious items, tools, and machines we have failed to preserve for future generations.

The first tractor we, or I, sought as a collectible was a John Deere L. After quite a bit of checking locally and otherwise (to my knowledge there were no L's in our local area), we were able to find one which was almost completely restored. It did not require a lot of further work, though we had to wrestle with a bad oil pump and restore the side mount mower.

I should say early on, that an extra with our machines has been the fine people we have met, and learned to know and appreciate in our quest to preserve old farm machinery. The L came from a fine family near Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was amazing to learn that they had restored an excellent. Case crossmount, which I had seen hundreds of times near my home before the 'tractor bug' hit. It's entirely true that each tractor or machine has a nice story and lots of tales, and thus the history of the machines and mowers live on. Also, we like machines with original equipment, and we use them, at least a little bit, in our farm operations. It is also a good excuse to the rest of the family for adding to our collection.