A Collection of Farmall Stories|
by Various Authors
We receive quite a few short stories from our readers, and we appreciate every one. Presented here is a collection of two Farmall tractor stories for your enjoyment. [Editor]
Memories of Dad's Farmall A
My father first started farming with a Farmall A that he purchased in 1940. It
was used on a large grain farm in North Dakota where I still live close to but do not
farm. There are many memories of this tractor mowing hay and cultivating, Dad
made a hay bull rack for the front of it and also a 30 foot sprayer to
spray crops with. This tractor did many tasks and when I restored it the
gears and bearings had little wear. I can remember many hot days it was used
in large hay fields to buck hay, also to cut the hay. It was overhauled couple of
times and to this day now is all
painted up, restored, and on the same farm just used to do small tasks. If it
could talk it would have much to say about places it has been.
Dad's Farmall 350
I grew up on a small farm in Iowa, and as long as I can remember my Dad had
a 350 Farmall. The land was sold 10+ years prior but my Dad kept the
350 to haul manure, since he had a few hogs. I moved to Florida during this
time but moved back to my home town just in time before my Dad sold the
acreage & moved to town.
There was a small farm sale and I had told my Dad
I was always going to buy his Farmall 350. The day of the auction came and I was
a little nervous. In my mind I had it all planned out so I would not have
to over spend and I would still walk away with the 350. My plan was
to wait until the first person bid and then I, being the owners son, would
jump in and bid fast with no hesitation (showing I wanted my Dad's
Prior to the tractor was a skidloader for sale, the bidding
took what seemed to be 5-10 minutes. Next was the Farmall 350. The auctioneer said a
few words and my Dad started the tractor. I was in my planned mode, only
listening for the yell of a bid. The auctioneer stopped to say a few more words
and I ignored the speech (since I had a Plan, and what could he said that I
didn't already know about my 350).
Now still in plan mode I heard the
auctioneer say SOLD. Dumbfounded, I grabbed his partner and said "How could it
be sold, there was no bid?!". He said there must have been a silent bid. Not
sure what that meant, and now feeling terrible about loosing my Dad's 350, I
looked at my Dad for some explanation. He said "Didn't you hear him say
when he was talking about the tractor that he had a bid so the tractor
would not sell for under 2000.00 dollars?"
Now, knowing I had really
screwed up, I told the auctioneer's partner that I really wanted my Dad's
350. He said to talk to the auctioneer because he thought he had bought it for
himself. I did talk to the man and he allowed me to purchase the tractor
for the same amount.
I don't think I could get any closer than that to
loosing MY Farmall 350. Since then I have restored it to looking brand new
again. Even took pictures of both my Mom & Dad sitting on it.
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