It All Started with a McCormick-Deering

| June/July 1991

  • 6 HP portable hopper cooled
    6 HP portable hopper cooled I.H. C. 1913.
  • 1914 12 HP Economy
    1914 12 HP Economy

  • 6 HP portable hopper cooled
  • 1914 12 HP Economy

2707 Highland Lane Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Well, it's winter time in Wisconsin and I'm in between projects, and it's below zero outside, so I thought I would write and tell you about some of the collection of engines and tractors.

Our family has been collecting for about twenty years. It started with an old 10-20 McCormick-Deering and going to a show in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We were all hooked then, looking for engines and tractors almost every weekend.

At times, we had 40-plus tractors and well over a hundred engines. But after trading and selling some to get bigger and better things, our collection is about a dozen tractors and twenty or so engines.

Most of them are kept around because they came from the local area and someone we know, so they have sentimental value, too.

Some of my favorites are a 12 HP Economy that I earned by working the whole summer (and then some) for a fella who owned it, when I was 14. Also, I have a real nice 6 HP I.H.C. that an old man wanted us to have, in the worst way. After the engine sat around the place for 15 years or so, my dad and I started restoring the old girl. Shortly after we started, my dad passed away. So, I restored it by myself, remembering Dad and the years we spent together playing around with this stuff.