I want to start by correcting an error that I made in the last letter. The annual meeting is April 7, 2018 at the Ox Yoke Inn in AmanaIA. Dinner served at 6:00 P.M. reservations are due by April 2nd. For more details check out the website or look elsewhere in the newsletter. I have always wondered how many of you read this letter, I now know that many of you do. Several have called and asked for clarification, thank you for the feed back.
The weather in December was pretty mild and I used a couple of the 50 degree days to paint the frame metal on my D-grader. Still need to paint sheet metal pieces and go through the engine. I found a decal set in Oregon at Tony Carbaugh enterprises in Turner Oregon. Bonnie let me buy 4 drive tires from BKT 7.50-20, my birthday present, they look pretty good, still waiting for them to be mounted. Pictures are included.
Don’t forget Arland and Carolyn Lepper are hoping someone would step up and take over providing musical accompaniment at our Sunday worship services. Call Arland or me if interested. We have contacted a new ice cream vendor that has promised to be at Amana both Saturday and Sunday. They make their own ice cream using a hit and miss engine. We met them at a show outside of Atkinson, IL. Very tasty and good sized portion. We will stay in contact with them.
The show season is already starting to take shape. Bill Heppner is going to sell some of his equipment February 24th, the Missouri A-C club annual swap meet will be at Lathrop MO March 2 and 3 2018 this year; it is always a good time and interesting. Our annual meeting, banquet and election April 7th and the GOTO in Tennessee April 26th-29th all this before May!
Don’t forget we will have an election for board members; Dave Maddox, Dan Hauter and Ron Sexton terms are expiring. I would like for those that are interested in helping make a difference by becoming a board member in the largest Allis-Chalmers collector club in the U.S. to give me or any one of the directors a call or e-mail and talk about how you might help. The banquet meeting and election will be April 7, 2018 at the Ox Yoke Inn see your newsletter for more information.
Do not forget the $750.00 scholarship essay. Deadline is March 15, 2018. The topic this year is “Allis Chalmers Roto-Baler”. See the website or newsletter for complete information. I want to take a moment and thank Nelson Marks of Stockton, Illinois for his work on the “Going Orange is Going Great” page. It is always interesting and one of the first things I read in the newsletter. It was his suggestion that the calendar recognize the last day of tractor production by Allis-Chalmers on December 6, 1985.
I certainly do not want to forget that 2018 is the Allis-Chalmers 2nd 100 year tractor anniversary. In 1918 Allis-Chalmers unveiled it’s second production tractor, the 6-12. The 6-12 was an early attempt at a lightweight relatively inexpensive general-purpose tractor. It would be suitable for all of the work on the farm while using horse drawn implements providing the rear axle to make up a four-wheel articulated unit with the operator riding on the implement. Although not as rare as the 10-18 and is not worth as much, the 6-12 is very sought after and if you own one it is worth a lot of money.
Be sure to send Linda your pictures and stories of your projects and your collections. Share information with Zach Wilson so he can put it on The Allis Connection facebook page. Share your passion with others.
If you haven’t already found it be sure to look up the Allis Connection Facebook page and see the fun things Zach and Jessie Wilson have placed on the web for all of us to enjoy and introduce others to Allis-Chalmers and the Allis Connection. allisconnectionfacebook.com
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This was last up-dated January 2018
Membership - U.S.A. $23.00 & Canada & Overseas $35.00 (In US Funds) 6 Issues of the Newslettlers.