P.O. Box 333 Clarissa, Minnesota 56440
I'm from Clarissa, Minnesota, and I'm a retired master machinist from Chicago, Illinois.
I had never driven a tractor in my life, nor milked a cow. My friend Dave showed me how to drive one of his many tractors and how to milk a cow. I expected chocolate milk to come from this nice brown cow, and was surprised to find it was plain white milk.
After driving Dave's tractor I became intrigued with the idea of owning one myself. I spotted an old beat-up Farmall A for sale in a farmer's yard. I inspected it thoroughly and found that all the parts were there, though it was in disgusting shape. I purchased it and the farmer delivered it to my yard in town. I was so excited to own my very own tractor, I had all my tools out before the farmer was out of my yard, and by the time he got to the end of the block I was already starting to take the tractor apart.
My friend Dave did some research on the tractor's serial number and found that it was built in 1945 in Chicago. My father worked at that same plant then.
Two days after delivery of the tractor, I had it totally dismantled. In the encasement between the engine and transmission the mice had a grand hotel developed. I had them condemned and evicted in short time.
I ground and filed all the castings as smooth as a baby's butt. Then I resurfaced all the machined surfaces.
I took apart the generator, starter, carburetor, magneto, governor, cooling fan, and all the other small parts, and cleaned and fine-tuned them all.
The exhaust manifold I painted with stainless steel paint I brought from Chicago and had purchased from J. C. Whitney. I would recommend for anyone who does restoring to use this paint, as it does not burn off, since you brush this paint on and start the engine and as it heats, it cures the paint. But my engine was still all apart so I put mine in a hot oven to cure. (P.S. Sent wife on vacation; can't cook food in the oven for two months afterwards.)
The hood, grill, and fenders looked like all the neighborhood kids had gotten together and beaten all their frustrations out on this little old tractor. This took a lot of body work and several tubes of JB Weld to get it back in shape.
Anybody can have a red or green tractor, but not Almine is PINK gold rims, dark lavender wheels, trimmed in black. Gals, what's not to love? Almost makes up for the oven. Three months from the day I started, my tractor is finished.
Note the battery box is made from red oak, dovetailed corners; the gear shift knobs I machined out of birch, and other personal customizing and modifying. It's uniquely Al's tractor.
The only things purchased to restore this were piston rings, engine gaskets, and seals. Any broken parts I made parts to replace them.