My Boyhood Friend Russell Workman

| December/January 1995

Restored tractor

Russell on his restored tractor.

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.