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FRANK HUTCHISON wrote on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 (PST):
  • I HAVE OWNED SOME NICE COLLECTOR CARS IN MY LIFE, AND EVEN HAVE SOME TODAY.I AM ALWAYS ON "PINS" AND "NEEDLES" EVERY TIME I TAKE ONE OF THE TO A SHOW FOR FEAR THAT SMEONE WILL SCRATCH IT. SO THIS IS HOW I SOLVED MY PROBLEM. I LEAVE THEM COVERED IN THE GARAGE, AND TAKE MY NEWLY RESTORED FARMALLS TO THE TRACTOR SHOWS. DON,T BOTHER ME A BIT IF SOMEONE TOUCHES THEM, OR SITS IN THE SEAT. IT JUST DON,T TAKE THAT MUCH TO RETOUCH IT UP. AND I LOVE TO SEE OTHERS ENJOY THEM AS MUCH AS I DO.IF WE GET TOO PICKY ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING TOO NEAR THEM, THEN THEY WILL BEGIN TO STAY AWAY FROM THE SHOWS.I SAY COME ON AND LOOK, TOUCH, AND FEEL.OLD TRACTORS NEED LOVIN TOO. FRANK
    Deereman wrote on Thursday, January 01, 2004 (PST):
  • Where I live people don't know what the words DON'T TOUCH mean. I even have don't touch signs on my tractor.
    James Condry wrote on Friday, January 16, 2004 (PST):
  • My dad has a 1953 Ford Jubilee that we totaly repainted and still use on our 24 acres. It has been to several local shows and nothing makes me any prouder than to see a youngster have his picture taken from the seat of that machine.
    Avery Allred wrote on Sunday, May 02, 2004 (PDT):
  • Why I Built it? "For the KIDS!" I've been involved with Car,Truck,Motorcycle and Tractor Shows for many years. The Kids like to touch and exlpore things and most Show Car Owners don't want them touching or climbing in or on their cars.So I built The"Cub Ca-debt" so they could do just that.Sometimes I also let them drive it. It's always a Big Hit with them as well as the adults.I always enjoy seeing the children having a good time at the shows.It's fun to see the expressions on the children's faces when they ask The"Cub Ca-debt" a question like,"What time is it?"and it answers them.Check it out at www.hotmower.com My latest project is 8N V8 Conversions.
    Bud wrote on Friday, July 30, 2004 (PDT):
  • I dont mean to afend any body, but alot of you are obsesed with people "touching" your tractor. Im onley 15 BUT i also collect tractors and love to show mine and listin to older folks talking and remonicing about thair days spent on the farm. I love to see kids faces light up when they see my tractors. I will even let them sit on it, i put alot of work into my tractors, if it gets scrached oh whell I can always touch it up and it is good as new. Thats gust my openion, does anyone else feel the same.
    payne wrote on Sunday, October 24, 2004 (PDT):
  • I dont think we need to rope off the tractors and tell people dont touch. I mean think about it there tractors i know we all love them but they were made to farm and to get dirty and scratched up. Now i dont mind letting people touch them or sit on them but you need to make sure it safe. Don't leave pto implements or the pto on and cover up mower decks and sickle bars. Ill let people touch themand all but i'm not going to let them stick their hand in a sickle bar or in the decks. Have fun and let others enjoy them to if we shun all the people away when we die they will go back to rotting
    Chris wrote on Sunday, November 07, 2004 (PST):
  • I dont wasnt to step on anyones toes but in my opinion if kids and adults cant get close to your tractor that is just pathetic.I belive that people should be able to get up close and touch and be able to get close enough to smell the old iron.yes saftey is an issue,but if you take steps to prevent things from happening you will be fine.Turn the gas off,take keys out,disconect mag wire,block the wheels,and set the brake.
    Chuck wrote on Sunday, November 07, 2004 (PST):
  • I agree with the fellow about the two trains, i see a fine line here, maybe for those who don't want there tractors touched, they should make arangements before they show to have a no-touch area, like the zoo or park no-feed area. For those who don't care let them display and have fun. Myself i have two beatifully restored tractors and one i pull. This summer let two of my friends and there childred drive my restored " H " through parades, yes she got a couple of scratches from boots climbing on and off, but she won a trophy and a ribbon, the look on those kids faces i will remember as long as i live.
    mike wrote on Sunday, November 07, 2004 (PST):
  • I have thoughts both ways, I have tractors that are beyond the normal restoration and average ones, I pick which shows get which type of job, so if alot of touchy people are around, take the average one, if you are at a more organized show , take the better one, I still tend to side with the idea of " if its not yours, ask before you explore it" you might just make a really nice friend if they ask and you ok it, they will respect you for life, plus you machine stays nice.
    rman wrote on Sunday, November 07, 2004 (PST):
  • i FEEL IF THAT PARTICULR ABOUT TRACTOR LEAVE IT AT HOME SO YOU CAN SELFISHLY LOOK AT IT. SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE GONE . SO SAD.THEN WHAT
    Mike wrote on Friday, November 26, 2004 (PST):
  • i have a perfectly restored 8n, probably better than new. i take it to shows, use it for work and it gets scratched,lots, ppl sit on it, etc. but ya wanna know my secret? TOUCH UP PAINT AND A RAG!
    Andy from IN wrote on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 (PST):
  • I geuss I'm with everyone else on touching tractors, it's fine with me when little kids touch my tractors, the only thing I'm not the best with is when they sit on the tractor and pull on everything especially those little switches that you can't get anymore that just gets under my skin. But if they are respectful and ask before they climb on it's ok with me because if they have they ask that means that they respect your tractor and you. but thats just my opinion.
    carl miller wrote on Sunday, February 20, 2005 (PST):
  • My brother inlaw spent ALOT of man hours and money getting my fathers old JD B up to tip top shape. And we all love to see it in shows and people admiring it.But recently after a show it had began to run poorly. After some diagnosing he determined it was a fuel problem. Come to find out some one had thrown a candy rapper and cork material in the fuel tank. To think someone would purposly do that makes us all question if its worth it. But for me just to see one person(out of hundreds) admire the first tractor I ever drove, and seeing my brother inlaw enjoy showing his hard work. Gives me a good feeling. I say LETS SHOW EM!
    Mark Sill wrote on Monday, March 07, 2005 (PST):
  • There are 2 questions one must ask that may necessitate staying away and off. 1- Does it kill, steal and destroy? 2- Is someone married to it?
    DB990 wrote on Saturday, March 19, 2005 (PST):
  • I don't mind people touching or sitting on my tractors, but I do mind it when children start playing with the throttle leaver. Last year, some kid got hold of the throttle leaver and yanked it up and down repetedly (While his parents watched!) and broke the rod down by the injector pump - the parents said nothing and just walked away. That's the only thing that annoys me. (DB Owner, UK)
    Earl Garner wrote on Saturday, April 30, 2005 (PDT):
  • I dont have a lots of money to envest in several tractors to show off,So i put what I can afford to in just one.Not counting the price of the tractor, I have invested nearly $35 hundred dollars in parts and paint. I have also spent almost two years of my life to make my tractor look and shine like a show car. It dont take but one person with sand on the bottom of his shoes to ruin a $750-$800 paint job.Myself I say, look and ask all the questions you like,But please dont touch my tractor. You can enjoy it just as much without putting you dirty hands all over it. Earl Garner From Alabama
    Clint wrote on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 (PDT):
  • Just this last weekend we went to an old threshers show and had a good time looking at the old tractors. I feel you should respect another persons stuff, but see no harm in touching the seat or tires. I also feel you shouldnt rub the paint with dirty hands. I wouldnot mind a child setting on my farmall cub but wouldnot want him to be left alone to hurt himself.
    johndeeregene wrote on Friday, December 09, 2005 (PST):
  • i used to be one of those that roped off their tractor an i noticed that looked alot cloaser an stayed longer to visit at the ones that were not roped off. that is what i enjoy injoy the most about the shows is talkin an listening to the older folk tell storys about having one JUST LIKE THIS ONE, WELL IT WASNT THIS SHINY OF COURSE, an ya now i decdied right then that i have put more scraths on these old tractors chaining an driving down the road then anyone could put on them. i have to admit i did have one keyed at a show one time, but there were several others that got that to, was supposed to be guards at night. the sponcerns forgot to tell everyone that they didnt get them. i havent been back there again. but that was the people lookin fault. johndeeregene
    johndeeregene wrote on Friday, December 09, 2005 (PST):
  • it wasnt the peoples fault at were just lookin at them. i never was a good typer johndeeregene
    russ hamm wrote on Friday, December 09, 2005 (PST):
  • i beleive that children are the future of everything and most of the time they are the ones crawling on tractors while their parents either dont care or are not around.i let them crawl on mine. i use mine in the field and i can scratch them as easily as any kid. i have also seen a tractor owner or 2 that have spent enormous ammounts of time and money on a tractor only to come unglued on a kid for crawling on it.rope it off or leave it home.as for me i will let the kids check mine out and be kids because i will not rope em off. they need to see what farming history is without looking through a glass case.
    M wrote on Friday, December 09, 2005 (PST):
  • There are two points of view here. If you just spent five grand restoring an SMTA to "better than new" condition, you are entitled to a "Keep hands off" approach. On the other hand, if your older restoration is nice to look at & the tractor is still used for field work, you may not mind kids climbing up on the seat. There is some truth to the "tractors are made to get dirty" philosophy. It just depends on where your head is at showing your tractor. But my experience has been that problems arise when parents let their kids run amuck on machinery that isn't theirs. They feel their kids are entitled because they paid an admission fee to the fair or whatever. When a child drops his lollypop into my M's grill, and the dad says, "He's just a kid, he doesn't know any better." I look him in the eye and say, "But you should." Too many parents fail to discipline their kids at these shows & that's what leads to trouble. I'll let any kid or dad climb up on my rig if they ask. That's why I brought it here. But don't disrespect me or my property because you paid $6 at the gate and think you can do whatever you want w/ my tractor. We are here to share the tractor experience, but not to be taken advantage of. Thanks for listening.
    gahorN wrote on Friday, December 09, 2005 (PST):
  • If you don't want people touching it...rope it off. If you like people touching, enjoying it...if you think people are more important than things...place a sign nearby that invites them to touch and sit on it, but warn of hazards. "You get hurt...or you hurt it...it's your fault." There's a famous air-show pilot named Bob Hoover. He enjoyed the adoration of thousands. I participated in an airshow once where he was also participating. I looked inside his airplane thru the open door, while he was nearby absorbing the "oohs" and "aahhs" of a young lass. I lost my balance and fell toward his airplane and put out my hand to catch my balance and put my hand directly onto the pilot's seat-cushion. No harm done whatsoever. The great Bob Hoover rushed me, put his face within an inch of my own, and let out a stream of screaming epitaths which would curdle the blood of a sailor, about me touching his airplane. It was truly a shocking performance. I just turned and walked away from him. I was not surprised a few years later when the FAA revoked his medical/flying license for "unpredictable" behavior patterns. He spent over a million dollars (he could afford it) getting his license re-instated,..only to find the insurance companies refused to insure his flying activities. I wouldn't let him near my family. (He unkowingly approached my airplane later and asked to come aboard to visit with my VIP passengers Tennesee Ernie Ford and former vice-president Walter Mondale. He didn't recognize me. I told him the visit would not be appropriate and invited him to leave. His behavior got no better, as one might imagine.) Careful out there. It's a small world, and what goes around......
    Dewitt Edenfield wrote on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 (PST):
  • Personally, I am somewhere in the middle. I love to show my '54 Cub and have folks admire it ... or not. I also enjoy my old '70 JD 110. Folks want to touch them, fine. Folks want to abuse them, not so fine. They may not represent the same amoount of work as other restorations at the shows, but they do represent many hours of my own time.
    HEATH wrote on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 (PDT):
  • My 1940 9N is not a "show tractor" and it has sticky grape flavored syrup from a popsicle drying on the fender as I am typing this... because I spent a couple of hours earlier today taking kids for rides on it. I spent the last two days in 90+ degree weather getting the tractor together so I could take my 5 year old son and his friends for rides. The adults think I should restore it, but I'd rather have sticky grape juice on the fender! That's just me. I have taught my son to "look but don't touch" at local car and tractor shows and he minds, but I know that not all kids are taught that way and I can see how some folks would get nervous with kids or even absent minded adults around their tractors.
    Jerry langworthy wrote on Friday, December 22, 2006 (PST):
  • I believe when you take a tractor to a show it is to show people it is part of history my tractors arnt pretty they work at the shows and ive never had any problen with people touching my tractors or seting on them just want to be careful not to get hurt so if you dont want them touched dont bring them to a show
    derrick wrote on Sunday, April 22, 2007 (PDT):
  • I m heelping my grandpa restore an oliver 88 row crop which is the seconed thing Ive restored, I ve been to lots of tractor shows but manly midwest old thresures and when I see someone being disrespectful to someone elses macine it kinda makes my stumice chure and I say if its not youres at lest show some respect.
    happy deere wrote on Sunday, July 15, 2007 (PDT):
  • i dont mind as long as they are being respectfull i love having the old guys lean on it and tell me about what the days were like when they fired the beast up and took it out to work when the paint was shiny and before the rust settled in. whats going to kill this hobby is having the people rope em off and not let the kids in just pull the keys out of them and on my johhny poppers i leave the spark plug wires out of the mag. for this hobby to survive we need to get teh younger generation involved
    My Comments wrote on Sunday, July 15, 2007 (PDT):
  • Here s the short version. Hope for the best and expect the worse. If you can t handle the worse, then leave your tractor home. Here s the long version. You find idiots wherever you go, so why would a tractor show be any different. My personal guess is about 20% of the population are idiots so you have a 20% chance of running into one of these guys. As far as kids go, they re a product of the parents. Idiot parents idiot kids. Some people have never been taught how to be considerate and respectful of other people, let alone other people s things. If the adult never learned it, why expect the next generation to understand the concept You aren t going to change them so you better be prepared for the idiot things they do. Why worry about them at the tractor show when you ve already encountered them a dozen times before unloaded your tractor. Starting with your neighbor who borrowed your chain binders and didn t bring them back, and ending with the guy at the unloading dock sorting the junk in the back of his pickup while four of you wait your turn to unload. You encounter these idiots all the time and it all boils down to a lack of respect for others. By my theory, the condition of someone s tractor being displayed doesn t really matter. It may be bright and shiney or a bucket of rust, the fact remains its not your tractor and the fact that the tractor isn t yours should determine how you treat it.
    Andrew Taylor wrote on Thursday, November 15, 2007 (PST):
  • I would not have been a fan of tractors if my late dad didn't want me to touch his super "c". This is silly, reminding me of people who have gold plated drive shafts on hot rods, that is trailered and never driven nor enjoyed. Please keep that snotty attitude away from my hobby bud! even if your super C is prettier than mine, and shines like a mirror, I could choose to restore the tractor to that level, then you fear to use it for fear of biffing it up. COME ON! ITS A TRACTOR...........made for hard work. I dont approve of kids ripping things loose of course, But I think it's plain silly and counter-productive of having a "no touch" "no use" tractor that just sits there looking pretty. These beasts have outlasted their original owners in many cases, and can be rebuilt many times over. If you're that concerned about someone scratching your tractor, leave it at home! I'll me using mine, and at the shows too.......driving it, pulling it, and square dancing with it. Andrew Taylor
    'Country' Elliott wrote on Sunday, December 09, 2007 (PST):
  • I have always encouraged parents (with cameras) with young children to "take a photo of your child sitting up on my tractor". Afterall, when I saw an old black & white photo from 1946 that my Father had taken of me on a 1946 Farmall M, it started my interest in collecting & restoring old tractors! There are some thoughless adults who will come over and lean on your tractor hood, while they tell their buddies how they had "one just like it". With those folks, I ask them politely, to "enjoy the tractor without leaning on it please"!
    'Country' Elliott wrote on Sunday, December 09, 2007 (PST):
  • I have always encouraged parents (with cameras) with young children to "take a photo of your child sitting up on my tractor". Afterall, when I saw an old black & white photo from 1946 that my Father had taken of me on a 1946 Farmall M, it started my interest in collecting & restoring old tractors! There are some thoughless adults who will come over and lean on your tractor hood, while they tell their buddies how they had "one just like it". With those folks, I ask them politely, to "enjoy the tractor without leaning on it please"!
    moll wrote on Monday, July 14, 2008 (PDT):
  • Long ago my 8 year old son stepped up on the running board of a model A ford to look inside, and got literally jerked off the car by the owner. Scared him, but he knew better after that. That made me restore (?) a model A pickup that i take to the show so that kids can slide on the fenders for all i care. I want kids to check out my old iron, and if i didn't, i should rope it off or put it in a museum. I use my old tractors and equipment, when i'm gone the next guy can repaint them and rope em off.
    IHStandardMan wrote on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 (PST):
  • I think the machines that worked so hard to build America should be enjoyed by all people, if that includes a scratch, or a ding or a nick, let that be, if it bothers you so much, by some touch-up paint and don't show your tractor anymore.
    eric wrote on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (PDT):
  • i guess i am 50/50 on show tractors myself. i love to look at someones tractor that they took the time and money and fixed their tractor to show room condition. i was also taught to respect that to.i also enjoy listening to the older farmers and other tractor owners talk about their tractors and issues from the past whether it was good ,bad or funny.about the mans son from ANN ARBOR, i feel for his loss.if that is the way his old man feels about him, how is he ever going to enjoy the tractors,with that kind of attiude.
    C.R. wrote on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (PDT):
  • just like any other hobbies some of the folka are a joy to be around and others can wreck a good day im no time if you dont want others to touch your stuff rope it off or leave it in the shed at home that said I dont get how some idiots have to mess with someones stuff the vandalism is just as offensive as the idiots who act like their toys aer made of gold
    John Hendricks wrote on Saturday, August 22, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have a restored Farmall H and the paint is warn off the lleft side of the drawbar and the top of the left side axle housing because I tell people that want to sit on it how to climb on, but who cares! It's to enjoy is my opinion. My friend who has 3 of the most meticulous beautifully restored cars never takes them out his garage except for an occasional show and I chide him about that, but with him I think the pleasure is in doing the work not so much enjoying the finished product, but I guess we all have different thoughts about the old stuff.
    Matt wrote on Tuesday, December 01, 2009 (PST):
  • I guess you would have to look at this in several ways. I build custom tractors to take to shows. I spend alot of money and alot of time to build these machines. Even if I just were restoring one these tractors are a work of art to me. Having people sit and rub their hands all over the piece of art that I have created burns me up a little. Maybe if I had the tractor a few years and was no longer pristine it wouldn't matter as much. To me this is my hobby and my passion. Don't want anyone running over it. I have a feeling if I went out in the parking lot and rubbed my hand over their new car they wouldn't be as understanding about it as they expect that I should be over my rig. Just the way I feel about it.
    andy t taylor wrote on Sunday, May 09, 2010 (PDT):
  • I remember well, a incident at steam o rama in Repulbic Mo, where a little six year old touched the grille of the super H next to my good looking, but worked super c. The guy screamed at the little guy, and he begain to cry. it really pissed me off, and I really got on the super h owners case(pun intended) after calming the youngster down, and asking his folks, I asked the little boy if he would like a ride on my tractor. As I rode him around the grounds, many memories came back to me, about my late dad riding me around on the same tractor. Dad loved that super c, having bought it new but I could touch it all I wanted. I think My tractor is special to me, because of the memories of Dad & I working it for years. Perhaps it's not the tractor per se, but the wonderful memories that they bring back to us. be it case, farmall or deere, they are all special. I seem to have more respect for old dirty tractors that come from the field to the show, still doing their job, and feeding us, always dependable, like an old friend. Well, that little boy came home with a lasting memory, and i had some memories myself while riding him around. I would never trade my dads slightly banged up super c for that stupid guys field full of super h's, or any other tractor for that matter. If you have fond memories of a tractor, and understand that it is special because of those memories, you have missed 99% of the joy of owning one. it is nice to see correct shiny tractors, but if they are not being used or enjoyed, what good are they to anyone? snobbery and farming goes together much like chili and ice cream. Andy
    Alan Steadman wrote on Saturday, July 03, 2010 (PDT):
  • I have friends from both camps and can see both sides. Alot of the ropes I see are around "Dad's" Tractor and there's more thickness in the sentimentality than the perfect paint. Thankfully it looks like I will have my Dad around for years to come but I understand not wanting a memory damaged. On the other hand, at this year's Massey show, I asked Dad if we could take "Mary" (When we bought it, the name was spray-painted on the side-curtains). She's a 101Jr with cultivators and lots of grease and works every week on the farm doing weed control. I saw people stopping at & talked to more people about that tractor than any of the pretty ones we took. When someone asked why we broght her, I said after 64 years of hard outdoor living, I thought she deserved a weekend off. My opinion, bring your memories, your lightly restored, and your work horses & show them as you see fit, but remember we're all there for the fun and the young smiles. And in my opinion, ropes just keep "The Honest people Honest" - Happy Showing -Alan
    Wyatt Dobler wrote on Thursday, July 15, 2010 (PDT):
  • Lettem touch your tractor is a piece of history that kids do not get to see anymore I been to many show watchin a kid aw up on the seat and pretend to drive it hem when they get down their smile is ear to ear and thats how they learn and become interested in things
    Liz wrote on Thursday, July 15, 2010 (PDT):
  • People need to be respectful, whether the tractor is painted to not! Ask first BEFORE touching or getting on anyone elses property - regardless whether it's a tractor, car or land. Plus have you ever seen the scratches left behing after someone has rubbed their hand across a dusty hood?! There is certainly different levels of restoration, but when someone has possibly spent over 20,000 I can promise you that person is NOT going to be happy to go home with scratches. That person has every right to rope his tractor off. Unfortunately even that won't stop some ignorant people from touching, just for the heck of it! In response to an earlier comment about wanting to allow the old timers to reminise (spelling?) they'll do that regardless whether the tractor is roped off or not. If you've got what they're interested in they'll stop and talk!! At a show there is always something for everyone to appreciate. Just because it's "only" a tractor doesn't mean it has to be a bucket of rust and dirt. Personally, I love to seen all the detail that goes into a full restoration job and I equally enjoy speaking to the owner and learning the history of the tractor and hearing about the restoration. If there is a photo album documenting the restoration that's even better. My two cents worth - from a lady's perspective, one who has personally experienced the tractor world first hand, from working tractors to show tractors to pullers. We love them all! I just wish more people were more respectful of another's property regardless whether it shines or not. Look but do not touch, unless invited or you ask first.
    Wade wrote on Friday, October 22, 2010 (PDT):
  • I'm 16 bought my Farmall A a couple years ago. It is an older restoration and a working tractor. When we take it to show I let people sit on it and some I even let drive it. I had a group of about 6 farmers sitting on it watching the tractor pull. I didn't have any problems with vandalism or disrespect. If people can't interact with the tractor they can't fully appreciate it.
    Kyle wrote on Friday, July 15, 2011 (PDT):
  • I am a 17 year old enthusiast, and I will admit when I was a kid I used to (and still do) run around and sit on every tractor I could and dream of me owning aa farm tractor. I used to just do it out of my own permission but I have learned to respect peoples belongings more, as I realized that I do not like people touching my GT's without permission. Well, I don't mind the occasional little kid hopping up on the seat and pretending to drive it like I do. But when a kid yanks on the steering wheel and pulls every lever on the tractor, then I get a little irritated. My opinion on this is I believe if your tractor has been super well restored down to the last bolt, then I can understand why someone wouldn't let them sit on it. But a tractor is more than a machine to me at a show, its a work of art. And at my local show I have caught the Classic Tractor Fever BADLY. I guess what I'm saying is, always ask before you touch. Just my 2 cents ,)
    kelso williams wrote on Friday, July 15, 2011 (PDT):
  • thank every one for the comments. For myself i do not expect to live forever so the younger people should have the chance to learn some history. One of my very best days was hosting a group of cub scouts at my farn. One of the high lights for them was setting on my lap and driving a old tractor and having their picture made. While they were driving around a simple obstacle course and my commenting how well they were doing. Of course I had other things for them about farm life. Thanks to those scout masters for that troup more than 200 miles that day for their field trip. One of the scout masters met my daughter two or three years and commented that those scouts were still talking about how much fun that field trip was. My pay was their bright faces and remembering their day there.
    Scot wrote on Friday, July 15, 2011 (PDT):
  • At Red Power in Columbia someone brought three tractors and roped them off. They were the only ones roped off, except for the one we were restoring, but that was a safety measure. I walked right on by. I passed them again, and they were from my chapter, but I didn't say much more than "hi". Ropes are for car shows, maybe they had come up with some fancy way of mounting or hiding something, no one was ever going to know, because no one was looking at their tractors. If the old tractor bug isn't all-inclusive, it will be dead within another 50 years.
    Todd Hovick wrote on Saturday, February 18, 2012 (PST):
  • Not only do we let the children touch our tractors, we ask the parents if they would like to take a picture of the kids on them. We give a little history on the tractors, and maybe someday this will be on the back of a photo in their album. Keys out, and wheels blocked.
    IHMMJD wrote on Saturday, February 18, 2012 (PST):
  • I can understand everyone's point of view. There are many different grades of a restoration and you can tell which tractors that are really amazingly done, Yes I do have one tractor that is professionally restored and looks AWESOME! The first show I went to, you wouldn't believe how many people just had to touch the dang paint! Yes it is shiny and smooth and looks like glass, why is there a need to touch it? A gentle swipe of the finger will scratch, especially with steamers around! People need to be courtious and respect other peoples pride possesion. Nobody should be on someone elses tractor at a show unless they have the owners permission, because you never know what could happen, that gear shift lever could be in gear and may be keeping the tractor from rolling if it is on a slight hill. Someone can also get hurt messing around on a tractor, you have to think about the SAFETY of people, becuase no one needs a lawsuit, unfortunately it does happen.
    JoBlow wrote on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (PDT):
  • I think the best thing to do is asking the owners if you can touch tractors some do not care some do. That way everybody will be happy.
    Ted in NE-OH wrote on Saturday, August 25, 2012 (PDT):
  • I enjoy putting kids up on my tractor. I have an Allis Chalmers CA and one day I put a kid with red hair on the tractor his hair was almost the color of my tractor , what a picture that was.
    jordan hackman wrote on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (PST):
  • i can understand how some people don't like having people on their tractors or touching it but at the end of the day what do you really lose if someone does. we have restored around 12 pieces of tractors and equipment that we own and some of them are of the rare and hard to find variety but our tractors have to earn their keep, we just restored an oliver super 66 diesel and after the show was done it went home and ran the auger, got covered in corn chaff so no real harm done just another bath. i mean how can you enjoy the hobby if you don't let others enjoy what you bring.
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