This 1955 Ford 860 was used by my grandfather until he retired from farming in 1963. My father purchased the tractor from him so he could use it on his seven-acre farm. He also used the tractor to plow many gardens for friends and neighbors over the years.
The tractor was retired to the barn in the early nineties where it sat until this year. With the help of my son Evan, my nephew Nathan, and Steiner we were able to find all the parts we needed to get it running again. I decided to nickname the tractor “Clara” after Henry Ford’s wife. Today we are now using the tractor for enjoyment on the property it once farmed fifty-five years ago. My dream (after the pandemic) is to display its durability and share its history.
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