Collecting Authentic Pieces: Antique Farm Equipment in Original Condition
Farm relics in such exceptional condition that cosmetic restoration would be a crime
Dwight Emstrom's original 1951 Ford 8N spent 40 years in storage. "When I got it eight years ago, I put gas in, and that's it," he says. "I just took the original plugs out this week. I've never messed with the distributor or points or anything."
The Hammel family's 1974 Allis-Chalmers 7050 with original paint was the only front-wheel-assist tractor displayed at the Penfield show. Left to right, Steve, Kyle and Bernard Hammel.
The Hammel family's 1974 Allis-Chalmers 7050 with original paint and a circa-1930s baseball uniform.
This original horse-drawn No. 8 Massey-Harris manure spreader is owned by Wes Armstrong, El Paso, Ill. "They’re pretty hard to find," Wes says. "I don’t know how many they made."
Very good original paint on Wes Armstrong’s No. 8 Massey-Harris manure spreader. He also has the original tongue for the horse-drawn piece.
In beautiful original condition, this barn thresher was manufactured by Heebner & Sons, Lansdale, Pa., in 1903. When brothers Kent and Karl Jansen bought it, it was in working order.
Original paint on the 1903 Pennsylvania barn thresher.
This Minneapolis threshing machine, in original condition, is now used only once a year, at the I&I show at Penfield. It features a rotary cutter to cut bundles.
The Jansens' barn thresher came with tools, including a half dozen stakes like the one to the right in the photo – but the Jansens don't know what the stakes were used for.