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| November 2007

South Carolina Teen tackles Farmall Cub restoration for senior project

High school seniors keep an eye on the checklist as they inch toward graduation. Take college entrance exams … schedule senior pictures … order cap and gown … but  Andrew Spivey's to-do list included a less-traditional task: Restore antique tractor

At the Greenville technical school, every senior is required to complete a senior project, a year-long study devoted to a topic of the student's choice.

Each student conducts research to answer a question and produces a tangible product representing what he has learned. Throughout the project, the student keeps a portfolio of journals, photos and relevant documentation. Selecting a project topic was the first challenge.

One day, Andrew noticed an old Ferguson for sale on the side of the road. 'The thought hit me like a sack of bricks,' he recalls. 'I absolutely have to do something with tractors! How neat would that be?!?' He based his research on the question 'What goes into restoring an antique tractor?'

Although Andrew grew up around tractors on the farm, he had never restored one. In fact, he had never done any wrenching on that scale. 'I had a strong desire to work on a tractor,' he admits. 'But everyone told me I'd be in over my head … that there was no way I could restore a tractor in a school year without a skilled background in mechanics.' In the end, that advice took the form of a challenge, and his determination was fueled.

As with many life challenges, this one delivered in ways Andrew never could have imagined. He made friends with Cub enthusiasts all over North America, gained confidence in his ability to solve problems and cemented a relationship with his dad. But we get ahead of ourselves. The story begins with a barely running vintage Cub.


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