Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association

| September/October 1989

  • Holt combine machine

  • Holt combine machine

Donald Sell's wife didn't say anything when he hauled his first old tractor to the farm, but her eyebrows began a steady rise as 74 others followed.

'When she asked me what I was going to do with them, I told her I was going to fix them up when I retired,' Sell said. 'She told me I'd never live that long!'

Sell began restoring his tractors about 15 years ago. The endeavor grew from a few farm hands helping him to a two-man full-time shop in Booker, Texas.

Today, two Quonset barns sit on Sell's farm outside of Perryton, Texas, housing a vintage treasure of tractors dating from 1911 to 1940, a row of classic automobiles and a variety of early-day implements.

'I don't just collect tractors and cars,' he said. 'I collect anything that meets my fancy.'

If antique addiction can be inherited, Sell figures that's where his habit came from. He said his mother began collecting small things years ago- although she never got into things like tractors.