Friday, June 13, 2008

‘Tractorphiles’ Are The Masters Of Machinery

WOODLAND, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Move over American Chopper, because tractor buffs are the real kings of massive machinery.

Allan Harris is an engineer who’s been restoring old farm tractors for decades, getting them back into tip-top vintage shape.

His collection of more than 50 tractors includes ones from as early as the 1930s, and can take him anywhere from one to three years to fully restore.

He says that putting the mechanical monsters back together is like putting together a puzzle, and adds, “We put every nut, bolt, leather, and hemp in there to bring the tractor back to life.”

But the life of a “tractorphile” isn’t all work and no play.

Harris puts down the tools once in a while and goofs off on the tractors, driving them around just for fun.

He also enters his machines in tractor shows, where he really takes spectators for a ride.

He says, “Sometimes I’ll put on a show for the crowd and make it look like the tractors are more difficult to handle than they really are. It gets them all riled up.”

Harris will show off his collection June 20-22 at The Best Show On Tracks, a gathering of tractor enthusiasts in Woodland, California.

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