There’s something about an vintage tractor that stops you proper in your tracks. Perhaps it’s the truth that it has labored numerous hours and but nonetheless runs like a champ. Perhaps it’s all the reminiscences that the outdated tires maintain. Perhaps, simply perhaps, it’s the truth that an outdated piece of equipment can educate younger FFA members good life classes. That’s precisely what occurred on the Pennsylvania Farm Present throughout its vintage tractor restoration occasion.
Yearly the Pennsylvania Farm Present hosts an Vintage Tractor Restoration competitors for the state’s FFA members. Throughout this competitors, FFA members are challenged to seek out and restore a tractor that was manufactured in 1975 or earlier and has an inner combustion engine. This undertaking permits highschool college students to study and apply abilities for his or her potential careers.
The FFA members needed to do extra than simply restore an vintage tractor. First when buying the tractor, they’re inspired to seek out out the historical past of the vintage tractor together with the place it got here from. Typically these tractors could be in households for generations, or it sits in a subject till it’s wanted as soon as once more. Whereas on their journey to revive the tractor, FFA members are inspired to doc the method with movies. The FFA member additionally has to maintain an SAE/AET recordbook that paperwork the method/abilities discovered.
Lastly, after all of the mechanical work, portray, and preparation is full, college students should put collectively a 15-minute presentation. This could spotlight the tractor’s story and the a number of steps members took to get the tractor restored.
On the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Present, 4 FFA chapters competed within the restoration occasion: Central Mountain FFA, Danville FFA, Japanese Lebanon County FFA, and Mifflinburg FFA. Each chapter obtained a $200 premium and $600 from Lancaster Farming and the Associates of the Pennsylvania Farm Present Basis Inc. For each award they gained, the chapter additionally gained a plaque together with $250.
Central Mountain FFA Chapter — 1952 Farmall Cub
Starting in January of 2020, FFA members began to restore their tractor. After infinite hours of onerous work and dedication, they gained the Most Genuine and Greatest Video with their 1952 Farmall Cub. See their video beneath.
Danville FFA Chapter — 1951 Farmall Tremendous C
In a good competitors on-line, Danville FFA gained the Individuals’s Alternative Video Award with a 1951 Farmall Tremendous C. Of their restoration efforts, the scholars had been in a position to completely rebuild the engine and spent hours getting the tractor prepared to color. Their efforts paid off after they gained the Individuals’s Alternative Video.
Mifflinburg FFA Chapter — 1959 Worldwide 660 Fuel
Mifflinburg FFA Chapter introduced dwelling the Most Improved Award. Mifflinburg FFA mentioned on Fb, “We’re proud to share the efforts of Ethan Hauck on the restoration of his Worldwide tractor. Together with the assistance from a number of different college students in final yr’s Ag Mechanics courses, Ethan completely restored a 660 Worldwide tractor, starting within the ag store and ending it at dwelling.”
Japanese Lebanon County FFA Chapter — 1963 John Deere 3010
The Japanese Lebanon County FFA Chapter was a giant winner with the Better of Present, Greatest Presentation and Greatest Recordbook. The College District took this chance to reward its college students for his or her onerous work.
“We’ve got a devoted group of scholars who’ve entered a tractor into the FFA tractor restoration competitors on the Farm Present this yr (they’ve been engaged on it for two years!). Every year the Lancaster Farming posts student-created movies of the restoration course of for every crew that entered the competitors,” the district mentioned on Fb.
These Pennsylvania FFA members completed fairly the undertaking for his or her tractor restorations. Not solely had been they in a position to fully take these tractors aside and restore them to their authentic situation, they additionally discovered many life classes within the meantime. Congratulations to those chapters and its members for his or her accomplishments.