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The HAAS Tractor

| January/February 1999

  • Tractor

  • Tractor

3807 W. Washington Road, Pentwater, Michigan 49449

My story with this HAAS tractor starts in the fall of 1996. I was working on my storage building when a friend of mine from the West Michigan Old Engine Club (of which I am a member) stopped to tell me had a HAAS tractor. I made a trip to see it (about thirty miles). He was really busy that day, so I did not have a chance to talk to him. The next day he called to tell me that his son wanted the tractor.

In August 1997 at our club show, this same friend told me he had another HAAS tractor with some parts missing. I bought it, and on checking, besides parts missing the rear end was in very rough shape. Brass gears were broken and ring and pinion were very bad. I got this tractor all in parts or as a basket case. The motor was supposed to have been rebuilt. The shroud in front was all stripped out. The fins on the fan were all gone. Some parts were inside and some were outside.

In August 1997 I went to the Oakley, Michigan, Show with my Gibson tractors, and Dave Baas (president of the Gibson Club) was there passing out old 1993 GEM's. I found an ad: Wanted--Any information on parts, tractors, etc.--by Ed Spiess of Rock Island, Illinois. When I got home, I called Ed. After we talked, he sent all information he had. He invited me to come and see him in October 1997. I called and made arrangements to meet with him. At that time he had just purchased a HAAS tractor Model B without sheet metal. I asked him if he wanted me to bring sheet metal for him to copy. I needed one side panel and top or hood for mine. The shop making my sheet metal could not copy it exactly (the louvers were a little longer), so I had to make both side panels and the top or hood, which Ed Spiess brought to me in August 1998.

From August to March, I spent extra time cleaning with a wire brush and undercoating the parts. Every part was taken apart and cleaned.

In March a neighbor stopped and told me about a rear end for a tractor, but he did not know what kind. He took me to see the man who had it and when I saw it, it had all the parts complete for a HAAS tractor Model B. This man salvaged it from a scrap pile because he could not let it be junked. Needless to say, I now own it for what he paid for it twenty years before.


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