Little Ford Tractor

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There’s no vehicle which takes me back to my early childhood as does the little Ford Tractor. I learned to drive it when I was only 8 years old, hauling wagons of hay and straw from the fields to the barn. There’s been many other machines I used in my life… big tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, forklifts, front-end loaders, backhoes, railroad track liners, jiggers and tampers and many others kinds of huffing puffing machinery, but that little tractor is the one I still love the most of all.

It’s a sweetheart and still in use all over. Some things don’t need changing because you don’t fix what’s not broken.

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One Response to Little Ford Tractor

  1. Wow, this rang home so true. I too learned to drive at age 8. I too drove the tractor with one or two wagons in tow up and down the hayfields while the farmer hoisted the hay bales up onto the wagon with a pitch fork and the farmer’s wife was on top of the wagon, on top of the layers of bales, piling up one after the other. It was backbreaking labor for them, and it was a real relief to have a neighbor boy (me) drive the rig up and down the lanes of the field, and then, as a reward, driving it home and into the barn.

    I don’t remember the make of the tractor, though. It was in Germany in the mid-sixties.

    We have a lot in common!

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