Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Chris Judd

What kind of tractor did you buy?

After WWII, my grandpa and dad decided that our world would likely survive another century and they ordered a tractor.
For several years after the war, a farmer often had to wait several months after ordering a tractor before it arrived. That’s because there was a shortage of both steel for manufacturing anything, and rubber for making tires. Many farmers made the same decision to upgrade from horse-drawn equipment to tractor power.
Near the end of the war, my dad had decided to convert an old Chevrolet car into a makeshift tractor on steel wheels with an AutoTrac kit that he bought in Shawville from the Otaco dealer. The AutoTrac served us well and could pull an old two furrow gang plow that used to take three horses to pull.

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