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Look Dad, I Fixed It

Growing up on a small Indiana farm, my father had a Farmall B that we used daily. We had cattle and after years of cleaning out the stalls with a pitch fork my dad wanted to get a Ford 8N with a trip bucket on it that was for sale at a nearby dairy. After discusing it with my mother, they decided that they did not have the money to buy the 8N and we would have to make do with the pitch forks. A short time later the old Farmall B stoped runing. My dad was a good mechanic but just could not get her running. That old B was our only tractor and we needed another badly. After another talk with my mother he was on his way to buy the Ford 8N. Well when he got her home she was a beauty, the three point hitch, the bucket, dad was in heaven, and best of all now the stalls could be cleaned with the tractor! I liked the 8N very much but my love was the old Farmall, so I decided to tinker with it and see what I could find. After pulling a sparkplug I found she had no spark so I then pulled the distributer cap and what do you know NO ROTOR! Well I knew we had a new one in the shop so off I went in a flash and installed the rotor. I crossed my fingers and Bang she fired up and purred like a kitten! I was so proud. I just knew my dad would love having the old girl running again. I put her in gear and went driveg towards the house full of pride to show dad what I had done. As I pulled along the side of the house here came Dad running with a look of confusion and disbelief on his face. He ran up to the tractor and told me to hurry and shut it off, thats when mom came out on the porch and waved at me. I was so proud. Funny thing was she kinda looked mad at dad. When I was 18 my father passed away and with his passing the farm was sold to pay the medical bills. I am now in my thirties and was just told this past week that dad had told my mom the Farmall would never run again and that was why we had to have the Ford 8N. When I thought back on that missing rotor I new dad had pulled a fast one on mom to get his Ford.

Steve, in, entered 2008-07-12
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