What Did I Do Now!?!


| September/October 1991



Avery ''Yellow Fellow.'''

Dave Mensch, RR2, Box 70, Freeman, South Dakota 57029,

RR #2, Box 70, Freeman, South Dakota 57029

There are times in every collector/restorer's life, I suppose, when you think you've gone and bought something you shouldn't have. Although the Avery thresher I bought at an auction cost me less than a poor 1V2 engine, that feeling of 'What have I done?' crept over me. I had it hauled home and backed it into the Quonset. I started scraping dirt and grease off one back corner, soon to realize that this would take a lot more than a couple of Sunday afternoons.

This job turned out to be too big for a summer project, so work was stopped until we finished our insulated shop building. In the meantime, I was able to purchase a second 32' Avery Yellow Fellow, made only one month after the first one. This second Avery was badly rotted and we completely parted it out in the fall of 1989. All the good pieces of wood and cast iron were saved to fix up the other one.

The shop was finished the winter of '89-'9O, but no time remained to start work. Since the good machine had a 36' Garden City Feeder, we decided to remove it and rebuild the feeder from the parts machine. This was completed by the fall of 1990.

The wife and kids knew something was up when I pulled the Avery out of the Quonset and backed it into the shop just before Christmas. Yes, Christmas vacation would not be the same this year! Just after Christmas I herded everybody to the shop and handed out the grease scrapers and putty knives.

The thresher was stripped of every part that we could get off. The straw walkers were removed to put new side curtains on the grain pan. Raccoons ate part of the straw rack, so this too was repaired with parts. The Avery IXL straw device was lying behind the shed of the previous owner, rusted tight. I was able to get another IXL and made one good one and put it back in the thresher.