2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mobile Tractor Display A Big Hit On The Road
“I started with Minneapolis-Moline tractors, but my interest is oddball tractors,” Sloan admits. He has more than 100 antique tractors he’s restored and stores in two large barns.
Tractors that are most unusual – and fit in the semi trailer spaces – are chosen for the 78-ft. long display. The tractors include a 1920 Avery cultivator tractor, a Porsche Junior, a 1923 Fageol, Brockway, Sears, Eimco and other unusual models.
Sloan says the ratchet and pipe system securing vehicles works well to hold his tractors in place when he heads to events like this year’s Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul, Ill.
“We get a lot of looks and good comments,” Sloan says. “I plan to get a second car handler.”
He admits he’s been having fun with tractors since he started collecting them more than 30 years ago. FARM SHOW readers may remember his “crazy tractor” featured in Vol. 15, Issue 6. He remotely controlled a Minneapolis-Moline R that sprayed water on unsuspecting parade watchers. The tractor also blew bubbles, honked a siren and horn, and flashed its lights – all remotely.
When people drive in his yard, a motion sensor turns on the headlights of a Minneapolis-Moline “R” parked on the roof of one of his barns. But, of all his ideas, the 64-year-old grain farmer appreciates the semi display the most.
“I have a shed it goes in, and it makes it easier (than loading and unloading),” he explains. “What better way to take 12 tractors to a show at one time?”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eddie Sloan, Tipton, Ind. (ph 317 385-2456; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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