Dad's 1945 Farmall A
by Bobby Duke Jr.
I am writing about my Dad's 1945 Farmall A. The tractor was purchased in
1945 by his father, Mr. Davis Duke. It was used to farm tobacco from 1945 to
1963 by my grandfather and by my father.
It is still used by my father Mr. Bobby Duke Sr. and myself to tend our
vegetable gardens. It has an exhaust lift system that replaced the hand levers to
raise and lower the cultivators.
The tractor still had an original Goodyear front tire that lasted over 40
years until it finally busted in the field. It is cranked by the
crank handle and is in need of a paint job, but is being used as we write this
My dad is shown in the picture running some rows for the garden this
year. He recently had his 71st birthday and is still able to operate his
equipment despite a stroke and battle with prostate cancer. I have never seen
another tractor with this type of lift configuration.
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