2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Percy "Cranks" Out Big Boy Toys
Anderson and his brothers attached rods and cranks to their toys when they grew up in southern Minnesota - maneuvering their toys over gravel and dirt in the summer and snow banks in the winter.
"The only problem was that cranks were hard on gloves, which our mother made," Anderson recalls. With eight sons and five daughters she was plenty busy.
As an adult, the retired snowplow operator built his own toys using scraps, such as chain off farm machinery for the dozer tracks and tin scraps he shaped on his hydraulic press.
His crank toy fleet includes a tractor, bulldozer and a couple of carts. One grandson calls the carts "tri-barrows."
"I call them big boy toys," Anderson laughs.
His yard and shop are full of his creations: a bird feeder he cranks up to keep squirrels out, an electric can smasher, and a half-scale Farmall M working tractor and plow, which he takes to area parades.
His next project is to convert an electric motorcycle into a go-cart.
"I just like to do this kind of stuff," Anderson says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Percy Anderson, 17611 Co. Rd. 107, Park Rapids, Minn. 56470 (ph 218 732-5945).
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