Tribute to my Dad Part2

Updated: Apr 14, 2018

Life didn’t last long in the big house, Dad had borrowed $4000 to build this and he didn't like debt.., so about 1950 we sold this house and went down on the far corner and built a more modest stick home on ½ acre. About this time they gave 1/2 acre of land to my next older brother George (+10 yrs), who built on it. Later my oldest brother Harold (+14 Yrs) would get a lot to build on when they moved up from Nashville..

Mack McCoys last tractor build. Refound
Reunited after about 60 years. Dad's last tractor.

It was about this time Dad built tractor #4 which would be his last. Well Dad wanted to move his shop to the new land so we sold this house and built a bigger one right in the middle of the property, up a 300 foot driveway. Dad built a block shop building about 30’ square then later an addition of about 24 x 30’. He ran his shop there until he retired in 1966 . Dad built a ton of custom woodworking machinery for cabinet shops and industry. We also built almost continuely special machinery for the luggage industry which was huge in Kansas City. I bought him out and ran the shop there until 1969 when I built a new 4000 sq..ft building in Muncie, Ks. Times were changing fast in the seventies, plastic was replacing wood and the luggage business was being crushed by foreign makers. I decided that a custom machine shop was not what I really wanted so a long journey unfolded getting me to Sun Guard tractor canopies in 1986.

Back to the tractor, the implements consisted of a gang of three golf course reel mowers for the lawn, a single plow, a disc. A harrow, a buck rake, a converted horse drawn sickle mower for the hay, a belly blade, cultivator and a whirling blade (exposed) down by the right side front tire. I sometimes wonder how I survived my childhood. We didn’t put up hay the sissy way (alfafa 4 & 5 cuttings a year, We mowed it, raked it with a buck dump rake and hauled it to a hay stack where we walked it down as we stacked it up. We always had a super big garden that I cultivated. Its amazing what a 12HP “Monkeywards” engine and some WW2 war surplus parts could do. The photos are of me about 4 years ago when I found this tractor at my nieces place in Ozark, MO. It was serving now as yard art. I had considered restoring it but got distracted when I decided to revisit the Rhinohide canopy idea which had been brewing for 15years.

TO BE CONCLUDED IN PART 3

As always i appreciate any back links to this site www.rhinohidecanopies.com

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