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"Old Blue"

Owned by Mike Shaw
New Waterford, Ohio

25 August 2008
# 2410

From Mike :

        Hi all! Allow me to introduce you to Old Blue, my tow rig. She is a 1956 6100 Tractor! I found her sitting under a canopy at a welding shop near my home. I drove by and saw a faded orange "For sale" sign in the corner of the window. So, I stopped in and struck up a conversation with the owner.

        I found out that the owner was a retired owner of a carnival company. He told me that she was purchased as a tractor by his Father-in-law in 1958 and had been in the family for all of these years. The truck was only ever run during the summer ride seasons. It was on the road until the early 1990's when he retired and sold most of the rides and trucks. He kept her to transport semi trailers to trucking companies, and in and out of his shop to work on them.

        This truck never went more than 100 miles from home, sat all week during the fair, and hauled her ride home. She has just over 17,000 miles on a working odometer.

        FYI the plow bracket was put on to plow his lot. I could not resist and had to have it! I got in a bit of trouble with the wife, but that storm blew over, and now she kinda likes her.

        I had her at one car cruise, and this old girl got more attention than finished cars -- rough paint grease and all!

        This winter, I'm going to get started on her. I'm going to modern Alcoa buds, super singles in the rear, stacks, fenders, paint, etc. I have a machinist friend who is going to help with a conversion. It's going to take a while but I will send in shots as it goes.


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