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During the war (WW11) dad worked in the steel mill in Worcester, Mass. One day dad proudly announced that he had purchased a 'tractor' from the mill for all of 5. It cost more than that to have it hauled the thirty miles to our house. The tractor was a 1930 McCormack-Deering four cylinder with an overhead crane and winch assembly mounted right behind the engine. Rear tires were solid rubber, a fact that didn't faze dad in the least: he scribed a circle about two feet in diameter and started drilling with an electric drill. He'd never have finished the project but a local machine shop just happened to have an old road grader to scrap. Yep! the rubber tired wheels fit. In addition dad purchased the moldboard plow and semicircular gear. After mounting two huge angle irons vertically in front to accomodate a hand winch and mounting the blade up front, dad was in the snow-plowing business. Despite the top speed of 5mph dad made the handsome sum of 100 for a twelve hour day of plowing snow. In 1944 this was a fortune.

Ken Brown, Ga, entered 2005-12-31
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