My grandparents rented a dairy farm, had an H, Super H, and an M. My uncle continued to farm the same farm after my Grandfather passed away when I was three. His wife was our "babysitter" as both my parents worked, I can remember me & my younger cousin using all three tractors at one time or another as "jungle gyms" crawling all over up & down, and had the bruised shins to prove it. I don't think that would actually qualify as driving, but in our young minds it sure did !!
At 14 I went to work for a neighbor that, come to find out, was a good friend of my Grandfather back in the day, I cleaned his hog barn out by hand. I worked for him for about a year, and he would "dole out" my pay as needed or when I would ask for it, I asked him to keep the rest as I wanted to save up to buy a car. That following Christmas I showed up on a Saturday to perform my usual "task" and he asked me to come into the house to "settle up". He had kept excellent track of every hour I had worked, how much money he had given me over the past months. We walked around the "milk house" (now used to store seed corn) and there set a 53 super H stage 1.......sporting a trip loader.
After forking pig stuff the hard way for months I have never seen a prettier sight.
He said that should make my job a bit easier from then on, but try not to hit any posts in the barn with it, ..." Take it slow"......." and by the way"....
"MERRY CHRISTMAS"........My jaw hit the ground, he paid me the rest of what he owed me that very afternoon, and never charged me a cent for that Farmall or the loader.
Couple years later he co-signed for a slightly used diesel 4020, and later a gas 3020 with a corn picker.....we were in business. He always used the corn picker, couldn't get him off of it....guess he loved doing that more than anything. Sure was a chore to put on & remove, but for him..no problem.
This post was edited by rhtx55 at 17:12:24 01/15/13.