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Grandpa's F20


I don't know who decided that Grandpa needed more fire wood, but it must have been a holiday get together, because there were members of almost all the familys there. The F 20 was the big tractor and the trailer that they used that day was about as big as a hay wagon rack. In that area, valleys or ravines were called coulees. We got the trailer loaded and started up the side of the ravine. The tractor spun out in the snow. The load was moved to the front of the trailer. Now it had the weight, but as we headed up the hill, the front of the tractor came up off the ground. I don't remember who it was that stood on the front of the tractor, but it still wasn't enough weight. We had to unload some wood to make it up the hill.

My Uncle could not afford to buy his Dad's F 20 when Grandpa had his auction in the mid 60's. Many years later he managed to find it out in a field, rotting away. It wasn't until my Uncle had cancer that the guy decided to sell it to him. By then he knew he could not rebuild it and so he wasn't going to buy it. My Aunt persuaded him to get it anyway. A friend was helping him do the work and they got as far as getting it disassembled and getting the crank and bearings back into the block. The work stopped as my Uncle got worst. My Aunt made an offer to anyone one of us, who would want it, to come and get it. No one did. When she had an auction, I bought it. I didn't have a clue as to whether or not I would be able to put it back together. Someone there told me that I would need to buy the spare engine that was sitting next to it, to get the pistons, sleeves, and rods to complete the engine rebuild. I was told that my Aunt wanted to see me. She asked how much I paid for it and then she refunded the price to me. It has been an honor to finish this tractor. I just wish that one of the relatives on the other side of the family would want Grandpa's tractor. To keep it under the family name.

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