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Old AC gets a new lease on life

Most tractors built in 1949 are likely now more at home in a museum than a farm field, but not this classic Allis Chalmers G. It looks good enough to be a museum piece. But after getting a complete restoration and some updating, it now tends the very large garden plots on the Netley Hutterite Colony near Petersfield, Manitoba.

“I bought it at an auction and put a Deutz diesel engine in,” says Paul Hofer. “It was a winter project. I don’t know how long it took me to do the whole job.”

Sixty-three years after it rolled off the assembly line, the re-powered Allis is once again doing what its unique chassis design was meant to do: tend row crops, like those in a vegetable garden. “We have 10 or 12 acres of garden,” adds Hofer. “We use it for planting and cultivating.”

Are you restoring or still using an old machine or vehicle? Tell us about it. Send me an email that describes what you’ve been doing along with some high-resolution pictures, and we may feature your machine in a future issue of Grainews. †

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