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Among Dan's favorite factory-built tractors is his 1949 Model G.
This unique-looking Allis was built specifically with the small
post-war farmer in mind and continues to be a favorite on small
truck farms, where its design is especially useful for close work.
The tractor's rear engine and drive train, and open tubular
framework, allow the operator quite literally a clear view of the
ground beneath. Couple that with a belly-mounted cultivator, and
you can imagine how well suited the outfit is to precision
cultivating - and many other tasks as well. Dan likes the G so well
that he recently completed a working half-scale model of the
machine, using pieces and parts he found in his junk pile.
Another of Dan's favorites is the Allis-Chalmers Model B, and he
has a few of them. "There isn't any shortage of Bs around, so I
thought it would be fun to make a few that had never been made,"
Dan explains with a smile, wiping dew from the hood of his Model B
articulated four-wheel drive.
In the old iron hobby, and at shows like Marshalltown, fun is
what it's all about.
For more information:
- The 2006 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Association Antique Power
Show, Aug. 4-6, featuring International Harvester tractors, IH
engines (spotlighting the Famous uprights), and Haflinger horses;
call MIAPA President Paul Sams at (641) 754-0524; e-mail:
Oscar "Hank" Will III is an old-iron collector, freelance
writer and photographer. He splits his time between his home in
Gettysburg, Pa., and his farm in East Andover, N.H. Write him at
243 W. Broadway, Gettysburg, PA 17325; (717) 337-6068; e-mail:
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