Hobbyist Seeks Tractor Parts

| September/October 1989

  • Gordon Rice Jr.

    Bradley B. Ware

  • Gordon Rice Jr.

Reprinted with permission from the December 1, 1987 issue of Clarion News. Submitted by Gordon Rice, 20 N. Sheridan Rd., Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214. Photo courtesy of Clarion News.

A hobby is defined as something pursued for amusement.

Gordon Rice Jr. has a unique hobby-collecting and distributing antique tractor parts, searching out parts for tractors manufactured before 1939.

Rice, 55, of 20 N. Sheridan Road, Clarion, said, 'It's my hobby. I've been doing this for about 10 years. I've gone to dealers as far as Mississippi to buy parts. If I can't find a part, sometimes I can find someone to make one.

'About five percent of the people who own these tractors use them to farm. The rest just fix them up, paint them and show them at fairs. In the farm states such as Illinois and Wisconsin, every county and town has a fair. These tractors are taken there and displayed.

'Farm states also have tractor clubs. Wisconsin has between 40 to 45 of these clubs.'


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