One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

| October/November 1993

  • Jacobsen Tractor

  • Jacobsen Tractor

17410 Bedford Dr. Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

Ever since I was a little kid I liked old farm tractors. I always used to try to memorize their names and paint schemes, even though I didn't know a lot about them. When I was fifteen my friend invited me to camp with him at the engine show in Sussex, Wisconsin. I gladly accepted and a week later, on Friday night, we watched everyone pull in with their ancient tractors and engines. I had never seen a hit and miss engine or an Oil Pull, or even a Briggs and Stratton with over-head valves. It was awesome! I spent the whole weekend browsing through aisles of old, brightly painted engines and tractors.

On Sunday afternoon I was walking around the grounds, and I saw exactly what I needed to start my collection: a little red Wheel horse garden tractor made in the 1950s. I asked my dad if I could buy it. He just laughed and said, 'What do you want that for? What would you do with it? Do you really want to waste your money on that?'

I decided not to argue with him at the moment, but to keep pestering him until he would let me have one. My plan didn't work, though, and I went away from the show empty handed; however, I would never forget how the hit and miss engines sounded and how the huge four cylinder Case tractors vibrated the ground while they stood still.

I went home and started searching for the perfect garden tractor. I didn't have much money to spend. I looked in the paper, and I went to rummage sales. Winter came and went; it was July. I was with my mom when I finally found it. She liked it, so I didn't have to convince her to let me buy it. It was $100 and it ran! It had big rear tires and it looked really 'mean.'

I just had to have it, so I put $10 down and told the woman that I would be back in a few days to get it.