A friend of ours purchased a house to renovate and with it, came a tractor that was lost in the brush and even had a tree growing up through it. He asked my Dad if he would be interested in coming and getting it out of there. My husband and Dad showed up with a tractor and trailer and set to work trying to get it out. As they cleared brush and cut the tree down, I think it became their personal challenge to get it running again.
Within a week, my Dad and brother had it driving around with intentions of entering it in the antique tractor pull at our local, annual threshers event. True to form, Dad pulled it and took first place in his class. It looked a bit rough with years of grime on it, mismatched tires, and moss and lichen still growing on it, but Dad’s grin was priceless! When asked what he spent on it, he joked that the most money was spent on oil and grease!
It is a 1955 Oliver 55 or affectionately known on the farm as “lil ollie”.
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