Enjoy the Work, Love the Antique Tractor Hobby

A Minnesota couple connects their work with their antique tractor hobby.

| June 2017

  • Ed Williamson’s New Holland No. 46 sickle bar mower.
    Photo courtesy Tony Thompson
  • Ed driving his 1958 Oliver Model 770 tractor with 6-cylinder engine and loader and an Oliver No. 62T Roto-Flo baler. His son, Phil, is shown helping on the bale rack.
    Photo courtesy Tony Thompson
  • Using vintage equipment to put up hay for his miniature ponies allows Ed to put his equipment through the paces, a process he enjoys.
    Photo courtesy Tony Thompson
  • Ed at the wheel of his 1944 Farmall Model H tractor, pulling a New Holland mower.
    Photo courtesy Tony Thompson
  • Raking with an Oliver No. 207 hay rake.
    Photo courtesy Tony Thompson

Ed Williamson owns and operates Williamson’s Body Shop in Glenville, Minnesota. Located in southeast Minnesota near the Iowa border, the area contains vast sections of good quality farmland and is rich with agricultural history.

Antique tractors and related farm equipment have long been celebrated here because our resplendent farming heritage was forged with these old workhorses, forming a bond of appreciation between man and machine.

Ed was always a natural with cars in his chosen profession. However, he has an eye for all things old and would often take on jobs restoring or painting varied forms of historic art.

As rural life progresses, sometimes we can turn relations with work into helpers for our hobbies.

Ed and his wife, Linda, enjoy miniature ponies at their picturesque acreage near the edge of town. Ed figured the 1944 Farmall Model H that he purchased years ago to move snow and shuffle trailers could be used to cut and rake hay for the diminutive hobby horses. “All we’d need is a sickle bar mower,” he says, “and a pull-behind hay rake, right?” Well, it’s just never that simple, is it?

Ed dragged home an old No. 46 New Holland sickle bar mower, a Model 207 Oliver hay rake, and, while he was bent over, restoring them to operating condition, the old iron bug sneaked up from behind and bit him squarely on the hind end. Many readers will know how this works. Now we will need a baler, he says. “But the cute little 1946 Allis-Chalmers Model B that ended up here because it needed a home is not big enough to pull a baler,” he admits, “so now we may also need another larger tractor.”


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