| March/April 1983

  • Co op Tractor

  • Co op Tractor

600 Pleasant Valley Rd., Milford, MI 48042

This epic started about 20 years ago. When taking a Sunday drive a few miles from home, I saw an odd-looking tractor resting beside a barn door. Like all good iron collectors this thing sparked my interest, so for the next few years I occasionally drove by the farm and observed that the tractor was loved because it occasionally changed position around the farm yard.

Finally, it became stationary alongside a fence row, and rested there for a few years. This lack of activity was a sure sign of rejection, so I worked up my courage one afternoon and confronted the farmer. My suspicions were confirmed; it was unloved and, yes, he would part with it for what he felt was the fair value for metal-$15.00.

Any sane iron collector would dicker at this point, but the price stunned me so that I was struck silent for a bit and then slowly fumbled for my wallet. The former owner then rummaged around in a shed and came up with a governor and a 'v' pulley. I was told that the tractor wasn't much at plowing but it sure did a good job at filling a silo.

The tractor had been retired because of a continual problem keeping the drive pulley on the governor shaft.

Finally, we ambled over to the tractor, axle deep in whatever sheep do when they aren't eating. All the ignition wires were eaten by these 'woolly critters'. At this point he told me it was a Co-op, and was developed with a high speed road gear so a fellow would not need a truck to haul grain to the elevator.