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One Tank Trip: Pennsylvania Farm Show

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Farmers used to rely on horses to get the job done, but times have changed, and some traded in the horses for tractors.

A bit of dust, a haze and a hum. You'll hear the constant hum of engines. Sounds like progress.

"These motors were used out on the farms when the electric was in the cities," explained Ken Lilley of Avondale, Chester County. "You didn't have nothing to power your equipment."

He has a rubber duck sitting in the top of his log saw motor.

"The little rubber ducky there, that gets people to stop and ask questions," Lilley said.

It worked, and we asked about hit and miss motors. It's all part of a one-day only exhibit in Harrisburg in the Equine Arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

This is the 10th year for the antique tractor and engine exhibit, but the first for friends Richard Seidel and Ron Knecht.

"My buddy got me into tractors since I'm retired and didn't know what to do. I bought this just last year," explained Knecht, who owns a 1945 Farmall M.

Next to it is Seidel's Farmall. He has the brand's first 6-cylinder.

"It was the first tractor my dad bought new back in 1960, so I can't get rid of it, and about eight years ago, I redid it," Seidel said.

His father bought it for $3,200.

"You'll get more than that for it today," Seidel said. "Oh yeah, I was offered $10,000 for it, but I ain't selling."

Map: Pennsylvania Farm Show


This is where tractors come to show off. You'll find 98 full-size and five lawn tractors, 12 engines and six trucks. The earliest goes back to 1912.

"I like the old ones," said Gerald Olver of Honesdale, Wayne County, "This one is a hand start. You have to spin the fly wheel to get it running, and I enjoy that. It's fun when it starts good."

He has a 1942 John Deere B.

"The first tractor my wife didn't know about," said Olver, who explained how he hid it from her. "Well, I told her a friend was letting me borrow it."

You'll want to borrow one at the exhibit. There's a replica of the Beverly Hillbillies truck, which isn't exactly a tractor, but qualifies as 1929 vintage iron. It started out as a Ford Model A four-door sedan. It has the granny seat, old wash basins and a milk stool on it. The owner said it creates conversation.

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