We Filled the Silo for the Last Time With the Tractor

| August/September 1990

  • Farmall tractor

  • Farmall tractor

  • Farmall tractor
  • Farmall tractor

7216 County Road C Delta, Ohio 43515

I came up with the idea of putting a Farmall H on top of my silo four or five years ago, but due to my health, I just got the job finished in time for the 50th anniversary of the H. Most of the tractor was purchased from Dave Fellows of Jackson, Michigan. Dave is an avid F-30 collector, but in one of his dealings he obtained this 1939 H. The Farmall H was a very popular tractor in 1939 and it still is today. I was able to obtain it at a good price and it was the proper tractor for my project.

Preparing the tractor for the trip up the silo ended up to be more work than I had anticipated. First, I removed the engine from the tractor. I replaced the engine area with a sheet metal box. I painted the carburetor, magneto, and governor in their proper positions on the sheet metal sides. I used copper screen and sheet metal to cover all openings in the tractor to keep birds from nesting in the frame. We used a five inch channel frame under the front and rear wheels. I reinforced this frame from underneath with 5/8 inch steel rods. This took the bounce out of the framing. I installed F-12 rear and front steel wheels. Then I welded these wheels directly to the channel iron frame. I mounted 110 volt flood light bulbs on the headlight frame. These have a night time switch for night lighting. I also gave the entire frame and tractor six coats of high grade red paint. Hopefully, this will keep it from needing paint for three years.

We had a contractor come to our farm with a hydraulic crane. I had made a special frame for the lift so the hook could be attached and the tractor would stay balanced on the trip up the silo. In a matter of less than five minutes, the tractor was in place. My son, Mike, went up the inside of the silo by a preexisting ladder. When he got to the top, he disconnected the hook. He tightened the clamps to the sides of the silo and the job was done. On the first Sunday following the completion of the job, five cars at a time came to view the tractor. People from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and of course Ohio have come to see my tractor and ask me questions. One visitor said he could see the tractor a mile away!

I guess that makes the Farmall tractor 'tops' on this farm.


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