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Old Iron Saves Christmas

by Terri Keitel


Tags: farm shows, Kentucky, snow, winter, Christmas,

Hello all you ‘show-goers’!

OK, I don’t know if that’s even a word, but I’m in advertising, so I don’t have to be editorially correct, right? Most of the people I have been talking to around the country are contending with the cold temps and digging out of all this white stuff called SNOW.

Even in these frigid temperatures, our old iron hasn’t been forgotten in its hibernation. On Christmas morning, my husband had our WD-45 Allis-Chalmers busting drifts in our driveway. It was my dad’s tractor and has an old homemade blade on the front. The ice under the snow in one spot won out over the tractor tires and the Allis wasn’t going anywhere, so my husband fired up the Case 600 and hooked up both tractors to the chains.

He asked, “Which one do you want?” Since I grew up driving the Allis, I picked that one and jumped on. Now, take into consideration the freezing temperature and blowing north wind, the Case has a cushion seat and the Allis seat is metal, and the fact that my husband was wearing coveralls and I wasn’t.

Well, let’s just say I’m glad it didn’t take too long to pull the tractor out! But we dug out and were able to spend Christmas with all our families, and the old iron saved the day.

All this cold will soon be a memory when we are walking down the dusty lanes or wading through the mud holes at the summer shows.

My next show is actually indoors when I get a jump on the show season at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky., in February. They say over 350,000 people attend. Some of you will be heading south for the Florida Flywheeler’s show. Wherever your plans take you, I hope to see you at the many fun events and shows the antique tractor clubs have in store this year.

See you down the road!