Jim McGhee's collection of artistic artifacts is all about utility and visual appeal.
Jim and his mascot: “Wrench Man.” Wallace Keller, Mt. Horeb, Wis., one of Jim’s friends, created Wrench Man from wrenches, a little sheet metal and steel wool.
Wheat-like sprays of dealership measuring sticks coupled with a horse-hitch’s evener provide a focal point for this display of cast iron planter lids, cream separator shelves, planter plates, seed box ends and wrenches – all relating to the International Harvester Co.
Three-quarter-inch silo hoop wrench made for (or by) the Beaver Silo & Box Mfg. Co.
These wrenches are all related to Case. Those across the bottom are from the Case Threshing Machine Co. At upper left: part of a Case automobile toolset, cranks for adjusting Case grain binders and a fire hose nozzle (center) from a Case steam engine.
McMillan & Kant of Beaver Dam, Wis., made this unusual rope-twisting machine. This foot platform was made by the Plano Mfg. Co. for one of their Jones Steel Header units.
An unusual tool predating ratchet-type wire stretchers, this Rein Leitzke stretcher is designed with a hinge connecting the handle and hook. When the hook is placed behind a post, pressure on the handle both clamps the wire near the hinge and pulls it taut.
This cast iron funnel was used to add lubricating oil to Titan tractors, while the oilcans offered more precise oiling of anything but tractors in later years.
Jim McGhee’s Fuller & Johnson display panel includes a cultivator seat (top) and a sulky plow seat in addition to planter box lids and the rectangular tobacco transplanter water tank lid. The tools include many implement and engine wrenches, sockets and an ignition wrench at the lower left. The item to the left of the water tank lid is a Fuller & Johnson watch fob.
Another panel devoted to the companies of International Harvester. At the center is a colorful Plano Jones Rake Seat with a Buffalo-Pitts threshing machine wrench in the upper right. The long wrench mounted diagonally above the seat is a Parlin & Orendorff gang plow wrench; it is surrounded by cream separator wrenches and plow wrenches. The plow wrench theme continues below the seat and ends with a pair of Keystone implement wrenches in the bottom center.
This beautifully preserved Lily cream separator was a product of the International Harvester Co. and is slated for restoration.
This display panel uses the brightly colored Plano Jones seat as a focal point with a Plano reaper toolbox at the bottom, elongated gang-plow wrenches with cast steel ends welded to steel bar stock, adjustable wrenches, separator wrenches and other plow wrenches.