The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories of Tractor Archaeology

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For the aficionado of farm equipment, or the scion of an old farming family nostalgic for the old days, or the grown-up boy who still loves a classic piece of old-time machinery, the vintage tractor can be a thrilling find like no other. This book tells dozens of stories of such discoveries, of the treasured old tractor parked in a shed since 1927, of the pristine model unearthed at an estate sale, of the broken-down old beauty stashed in a barn where generations of children have made their secret hideaways. ...

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Overview

For the aficionado of farm equipment, or the scion of an old farming family nostalgic for the old days, or the grown-up boy who still loves a classic piece of old-time machinery, the vintage tractor can be a thrilling find like no other. This book tells dozens of stories of such discoveries, of the treasured old tractor parked in a shed since 1927, of the pristine model unearthed at an estate sale, of the broken-down old beauty stashed in a barn where generations of children have made their secret hideaways. These are the classic tractors that are often as hard to find as a needle in a haystack—but far more fun to discover, as all of these delightful stories make abundantly clear.

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“Got a guy on your list who loves anything with an engine? Then he'll love "The Tractor in the Haystack" by Scott Garvey. In this book, the latest in a series, he'll read about tractors that have been discovered broken, busted and unloved, then brought back to health.” - Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Spectrum

“It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grainews

“I started out with thinking I would read a story or two, and then do something else. Then I found myself thinking, I’ll read just one more. The book had me hooked. …if you enjoy reading the letters pages in this magazine, and get a thrill from exploring the hedgerows and barns of the countryside for the next great find, then I think this book would be a welcome addition to your shelves.” – Chris Losey, Hart Parr Oliver Collector

“It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grainews

“In addition to these nostalgic and interesting tales, Garvey – an author and photographer who hunts and restores old tractors when time permits – offers tips on how readers can find old-iron treasures of their own.” - Implement & Tractor Magazine

“Aside from there interesting tales of tractors both lost and found, author Scott Garvey also gives tips on finding old iron treasures of your own.” - Toy Farmer

“No book captures this passion (or gentle madness) with more loving care than Scott Garvey's The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories in Tractor Archaeology. Garvey presents the stories of more than 30 individuals who fall under the spell of old farm equipment. Garvey's vignettes in what he labels “tractor archaeology” are therefore part detective story, part Antiques Roadshow, and part Popular Mechanics. Garvey takes the reader on the search for old tractors in “old haystacks” or more sedate estate sales. He captures the struggles of searching for the right part and the quiet joy of restoring a broken-down heap to working order. In this, Garvey captures the human struggle to remember, to create and to live. But forget the cosmic themes, this is a fun read with fascinating personalities pursuing their passions.” John Kestner, Farm Industry News

“The book is a collection of stories from old-tractor hunters around the world. If you can’t make the Winnipeg launch, ask for the book at your favourite bookstore or order it online. It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grain News

Besides being fun to read, the book reveals an inspiring array of ways to find tractors, pieces, and parts. It’s sort of a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones and the Powerball lottery. -- Farm & Ranch Living

Grainews
It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.
—Jay Whetter
The Spectrum
Got a guy on your list who loves anything with an engine? Then he'll love "The Tractor in the Haystack" by Scott Garvey. In this book, the latest in a series, he'll read about tractors that have been discovered broken, busted and unloved, then brought back to health.
—Terri Schlichenmeyer
Hart Parr Oliver Collector
I started out with thinking I would read a story or two, and then do something else. Then I found myself thinking, I'll read just one more. The book had me hooked. . . . if you enjoy reading the letters pages in this magazine, and get a thrill from exploring the hedgerows and barns of the countryside for the next great find, then I think this book would be a welcome addition to your shelves.
—Chris Losey
Implement & Tractor Magazine
In addition to these nostalgic and interesting tales, Garvey - an author and photographer who hunts and restores old tractors when time permits - offers tips on how readers can find old-iron treasures of their own.
Toy Farmer
Aside from there interesting tales of tractors both lost and found, author Scott Garvey also gives tips on finding old iron treasures of your own.
Farm Industry News
No book captures this passion (or gentle madness) with more loving care than Scott Garvey's The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories in Tractor Archaeology. Garvey presents the stories of more than 30 individuals who fall under the spell of old farm equipment. Garvey's vignettes in what he labels "tractor archaeology" are therefore part detective story, part Antiques Roadshow, and part Popular Mechanics. Garvey takes the reader on the search for old tractors in "old haystacks" or more sedate estate sales. He captures the struggles of searching for the right part and the quiet joy of restoring a broken-down heap to working order. In this, Garvey captures the human struggle to remember, to create and to live. But forget the cosmic themes, this is a fun read with fascinating personalities pursuing their passions.
—John Kestner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760332955
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer and photographer Scott Garvey is a regular contributor to the world’s largest tractor magazine, Classic Tractor. He is based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Roger Welsch     7
Acknowledgments     13
Introduction     15
Finding Favorites     19
The Case in the Shed     19
My First Ford     25
A Transcontinental Team Effort     32
Forgotten, but Not Gone     36
Finding a Namesake     39
The Inspired Apprentice     44
An A for an H     49
Meeting His Waterloo     54
Buckthorn-Brush Moline     60
Junkyard Deals     67
Deere Hunting     67
Back from the Brink     74
Scrapyard Titan     82
Steam Power     87
A Walk in the Woods     87
Family Traditions     93
Across the Ice     103
Up the River without a Barge     108
The Collectors     117
Michigan Backyards     117
Fate Intervenes at the County Fair     127
Airborne Invasion     134
The Rock Island Line     139
Winning on a Long Shot     144
Firsts     151
An Oliver with a Twist     154
The Engagement Gift     159
Around the World     165
Island Hopping     165
A Case of La Dolce Vita     173
Radio Recovery     178
For the Father Who Has Everything     182
Hard to Part With     185
Finding the Parts     189
A Tap on the Shoulder     190
Digging Up Skeletons     194
One Piece at a Time     198
Out of Retirement and Back to Work     205
School's Out     205
Two for One     211
Overseas Transplants     214
An Extra Dexta     220
Rusting under a Willow Tree     224
Some Personal Favorites     229
Epilogue: There Are Still Treasures Out There     243
How to Find Hidden Old Iron     249
Index     254
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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Needs color photos

    This is a derivative of the best selling automotive book "Cobra in the Barn" by Tom Cotter. It formatted the same and uses the approach to presenting material. These are positives. What this book lacks, and really should have, is colored photos. In fact it suffers because too few photos are presented.<BR/>In spite of this avid tractor buffs should enjoy the stories and the grainy b&w pictures. Others may find the price a bit steep for the content.

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