Two years, three months ago Gene and I dragged a tractor out of the woods that had been sitting in there (based on tree growth around it) from 20 to 25 years. It was an absolute mess. Today the Pony, as Massey Harris called it, is still a mess, but just a little less so. The Pony still has a myriad of physical problems, I swear, even a few mental ones. This post is dedicated entirely to the Pony, so if you usually tune in just to find out what idiotic thing I’m going to do or say next, well, you’ll just have to bear with the Pony on this one.
Yesterday dawned a perfect fall day. With lots of sun and mid 60’s temperatures, I headed out to Gene’s. Gene and I got the tractor in position in the garage, and the Pony cooperated by firing-up fairly easily. Lynne served as the videographer for what Gene and I hoped would be the Pony’s first successful drive. I won’t keep you waiting any longer, except to say that you should watch in the video of a special trick the Pony does of driving on his side. I thought Lynne really captured that well. Here’s the YouTube video.
And here are some more images from the Pony’s big day. I took a second spin down and around the cul-de-sac and then we celebrated. You can click on any photo to view a larger image.
In one of those shots you see me scrubbing the mud off the back tires, so at least now, the rubber looks better. The final image shows the Pony tucked back in the garage with its clean tires and resting after its big day out. What a fun day it was. It was just enough to “juice me up” for the completion of the restoration. Just knowing now that every now and then I can take the Pony out for a spin is pretty special.
Thanks to Gene and Lynne for putting up with the Pony and me, and thanks to all of you for reading. Have a great week everyone.