Preserving an Heirloom: Family Finds New Home for Rare Ford Combine

Dan Depner never realized how rare his Uncle Joe's 1959 Ford 611 was, until 55 years later when he discovered that it was one of just 51 models built that year.

The grain bin
A top view of the combine's 45-bushel grain bin shows little wear. Despite being in a damp climate near Saginaw Bay, Mich., the combine's 55-year-old engine is still covered with original paint and shows little rust or deterioration.
Photo by Bill Vossler