World's Expo of Antique Farm Machinery

World's Expo of Antique Farm Machinery featured a rainbow of tractors: John Deere green, International Red, and Minneapolis-Moline Prairie Gold

| September 1999

It may have rained on the World's Expo of Antique Farm Machinery, but the storm was followed by a rainbow ... a rainbow of tractors from all over the U.S. From John Deere green to International red to Minneapolis Moline's Prairie Gold, a rich band of color spread over the show at Ankeny, Iowa, July 1-3. 

Visitors from all over the country saw the oldest known Deere, Paul Weiss's Minneapolis Moline UDLX, Bill Anderson's German tractors, an Intercontinental and a Friday. Unique implements shown included a McCormick Deering reaper (self rake) dating to 1850.

Vintage trucks and other vehicles were also on display. Jim Haan and his son, John, farmers from West LaFayette, Ind., brought their hand-built (or Haan-built) school bus. The bus is a replica of a forerunner of today's familiar school bus. The father-and-son team took no shortcuts.

"We started with only the running gear from a 1923 Model T," Jim said.

Using parts from a one-ton Ford truck, the Haans pieced the replica together, including hand-crafted woodwork in the cab. The interior seats are two long benches from front to back.

"I built this to show kids that school buses weren't always around," Jim said.