Old Number Three

| October/November 1987

Box 63, Chilhowee, MO

Did you attend the Jack Walter sale in Carey, Ohio on January 31, 1987? There were some nice items, one quite extraordinary.

It is about 700 miles to Carey from Chilhowee, Missouri. . .a long drive in a small car with only a few 15 or 20 minute rest periods. Sunny and warm was the rule when we left about 3:00 P.M. Friday afternoon, but as we travelled I-70 East through Illinois and Indiana, the afternoon sun, then evening stars, became overcast, dark solemn night skies. Two or three inches of snow on the ground, and freezing temperatures greeted us at the sale site at Carey. As the first ones there, at 8:30 Saturday morning, we looked over the sale items, putting on our insulated coveralls only after getting chilled to the bone.

Although the sale ad in G.E.M. was only a half page (no pictures), finding that many McCormick-Deering 40 horsepower items on one sale bill was hard to believe. Two PD-40 power units (one with vertical injectors and one with 10 degree injectors), one ID-40 tractor (our major reason for attending the sale), 3 or 4 WD-40 tractors, as many WK-40 tractors, and a number of parts tractors.

The sale began with the miscellaneous parts and progressed through several John Deere tractors, an Allis-Chalmers 25-40 with a Thresherman's Special engine, and then to the McCormick-Deering tractors.

The first McCormick-Deering to sell was a WD-40 on full steel with extension rims. Jack said since there was no serial tag, he figured the tractor was a 1934 from the date cast in the belly. Whether the date was correct or not, this was definitely the oldest 40 HP tractor at the sale.