My Boyhood Friend Russell Workman

By Staff
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Russell on his restored tractor.
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Russell Workman and neighbors getting ready to move the tractor to his shop to start the restoration.
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Russell Workman's 1940 home built tractor sat outside many years before restoration this year.

6405 US 50 West Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Here are pictures of my very good friend Russell Workman, 2550
Ruble Cemetery Road, Lynchburg, Ohio 45142. Russell and I have been
good friends since boyhood. He and his father had a machine shop
and did many jobs for area farmers. They had a steam engine and
thresher, and did custom threshing, and farmed. They built the
tractor in 1940, using a flat head V-8 Pontiac engine and Reo truck
transmission and rear axle. The rock shaft in front was to use a
buck rake. Russell used the tractor for several years, then it sat
outside ’til he restored it this year, using a Ford V-8 engine,
the same Reo transmission and rear axle, rear tires and wheels off
a combine, new fenders, radiator and some metal work. It now runs
well.

Many years ago, they built a power unit for us on the farm from
a 1930 Cadillac car, for us to run our hammer mill and corn
sheller.

Russell built a little brass steam running engine, that can be
held in the palm of your hand, and also a model gasoline
engine.

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