It's interesting how far back my "connection" goes. I'm 52, my Dad is 80, but his Dad was pretty old when he married and had my Dad. Yep, Grandpa was born in 1899, I always think that's pretty cool. Grandpa was one of the first in his area to buy a tractor, an Oliver of some sort. He didn't have that very long and got a JD A and B, not sure which order, then in 1953 bought a brand new JD 50, and in 54 a JD 40. He traded in the A and B. The first tractor I ever drover, er, steered anyway was a Massey 165, but followed pretty closely by that 50. I spent 100's of hours on that thing discing, drag harrowing, cleaning the barns, raking hay, whatever. Sadly we got rid of that quite a while back because the rear end housing was cracked very bad due to a hay mower that attached to it (in a rather oddball way). It could have been fixed by someone with the time, tools, facility, and talents, but we traded it off. Anyway, we still have Grandpa's 40, which is pretty cool to have. It doesn't do much anymore, but it's still nice to have. Never been restored, it's in it's work clothes as they say. The first combine I pulled was a 12A, then a 25, then we were big time with a self propelled 40 EB! Ahh.....days of eating dust and sunburn doing the oats.....makes ya smile!
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