Just two PAL tractors are known to exist. "I was really surprised to find one," says Kenny Braesch. Kenny's PAL had no name plate and no serial number. "It had to be one of the first runs," he says. "Most of them have gone to scrap."
Restoration nearly complete ...
The PAL, as Kenny Braesch found it. "It was in bad, bad shape when I got it in 1988," he says. "It had sat out probably all it's life." After three years of restoration work, though, the tractor is almost better than new, and is a regular in parades and at shows. "It runs real good now," he says.
Kenny's PAL was crafted from two vehicles: "It has a Model A engine and transmission, and they tell me it's a Dodge truck rear end," he says. "It's a blacksmith's or machinist's tractor."
This Thieman, which Kenny restored and later sold, is similar to the PAL. Built in Albert City, Iowa, it was produced during WWII as an alternative to horse farming. "It was a kit tractor," Kenny says. "As a kid, I remember watching one being built."