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What a weekend! What a story! This one is for my Dad, Jr Adams, and my Father-in-Law, Jr Dailey. It's a long one, but stay with me.
This is a story many years in the making. My Dad was a farmer, from an early age. My grandfather farmed with John Deeres. So my Dad farmed with John Deeres. Then in the summer of 1970 my Dad traded in his 1954 Model 60 John Deere for a new 1970 One Sixty Allis Chalmers. He bought it from John Carr in Falmouth. (see photo of the bill of sales below). Daddy loved this tractor. He even got my Papaw on there to try out this diesel tractor. And Papaw too liked the tractor. Daddy was left handed, so he had a tool box on the right hand fender, and my Mom would ride on the left fender. When I was little he'd put me on his lap and take me for a ride. (see photo below). Daddy farmed with the tractor for many years until he finally gave up farming in the mid 80's. He then sold the tractor to a friend (Larry Jones) who owned the Lumber Company in Berry, KY where we lived. Larry wheeled and dealed in tractors. Larry sold the tractor to a man over around Millersburg (I can't remember his name).
End of story??? No.
Years go by, I grow up and marry into a tractor crazy family, Case crazy. My Dad and Husband, Richard, often talked tractors and Daddy would talk about his Allis. They even tried for many years to track it down and see if they could find it. Daddy thought he would like to have an old tractor to show and that One Sixty would be a good one. They tried to track it down. But didn't seem to have much luck. Larry couldn't remember the man's name, just that the tractor went over around Millersburg. So Daddy ended up getting, you guessed it, a Case. But we never really gave up trying to find the One Sixty. You don't see many around this part of the country.
A few more years go by and Daddy got sick with Leukemia. He fought hard and long, but lost the battle January 21, 2008. Now I can't remember if it was that summer or the one or two after, but we were at Donnie Allison's tractor show near Blue Licks. And what should be there but a One Sixty Allis Chalmers. Of course we had to look it over. Tears were shed as memories ran thru out minds. It looked like Daddy's except the tool box. It was on the left fender, not the right. Well that spurred my Mom into wanting to find a One Sixty to restore and show. She and Richard went and looked a few, but they were either in rough shape or the people just wanted too much for them.
Fast forward now to Summer 2011. We are all at Jr's Hometown show in Cynthiana and here comes this One Sixty, the same one from Blue Licks show. We look it over again, a little closer this time. Richard noticed that under the right fender there were some holes that had been fixed. Like maybe something had been screwed on there at some point. Maybe a tool box??? We got to talk to the owner, a very nice man named Billy Doyle. He told us that he bought the tractor off a man from Millersburg. (He said the name, but again, I forget it.) I couldn't help but get a little tear in my eye. He went on to say that it had come from somewhere down around Berry. (note that we hadn't said anything at that point about Berry) That was about all it took for the tears to flow for me. Still, we weren't 100% sure it was Daddy's, but just the possibility that it might made me want that tractor. I asked him if it was for sale. He had thought about selling, but some guy had already asked to have a first chance at buying it. We went on to tell him about how we thought it could be my Daddy's tractor.
(I know it is long, but bear with me, I'm almost finished and it's about to get better)
I thought about this tractor on and off all year. As Christmas 2011 approached, my Mom decided to get together special things for each of us for Christmas and make a box for each member of the family. One special thing that she found was the original bill of sales from July 1, 1970. It was part of my Christmas present. One of my first thoughts when I saw it was, “now if that tractor comes back to Cynthiana, I can check the serial number and see if it really was Daddy's!”
June 8, 2012. Hometown tractor show. Here it comes. The One Sixty Allis Chalmers. My heart skips a beat and I have butterflies in my stomach. Mr. Doyle comes up to register the tractor and after a talk with my brother in law Allen, motions for me to come over. He has a button with tractor on it from the Blue Licks show and he saved one for me. He wanted me to have it. I asked him if he was ready to sell me the tractor and he said that the man that had wanted to buy it bought something else and I was now first in line when he got through with it. Even though I tried hard not to, I felt the tears coming. I went back over to my father-in-Law and told him I had the bill of sales and all I needed was to find the serial number to see if they matched. I just had to get up the courage to look. A little time went by, Jr asked if it was it. I told him I hadn't looked. A little more time went by and Allen asked me if it was it. Again I told him I couln't look. I'd cry if it was it, and I'd cry if it wasn't. After about 20 more minutes Jr asked again. I told him I just couldn't bring myself to look. He said he was dying to know. Aunt Mary Jane said if I was going to cry either way I might as well go look. So I went over and began searching for the serial number. I didn't know where it was. Jr came over and he looked. Mr. Doyle came over and he couldn't remember where it was either. We went round and round that tractor, a funny sight I'm sure. Finally we gave up and decided to wait for an Allis Chalmers man to come the next day who would know where it was. It was killing. I went over and Allen's son had called a friend who thought you needed to lift the hood and look behind the instrument panel. Allen and I both had our phones out looking up on the internet where to find the serial number on a One Sixty Allis. It said the same thing. So back we all go and lift the hood. Allen found it. We rubbed the plate with out fingers. I couldn't hardly bear to look. I looked at the numbers. 141378. 141378. 141378. That was it! After all these years looking and the last year wondering, now I knew. This was it. 141378. My Daddy's tractor. I took one step back from the tractor and said, “that's it. 141378. That's it.” And the tears came, as they do even now. I looked at Mr. Doyle and smiled through my tears, he put his arm around and said it was OK to cry.
I had to walk away for a minute, but throughout the day I would walk over to it and he would come over and tell me about the tractor, how he used it, how good it still ran after all this time. He told me I could take it for a ride. I wanted to, but I couldn't yet. So today, June 9, 2012, after 25 or so years, I got back on Daddy's tractor and took her for a ride. (see photo below)
Here's the best part, Mr. Doyle is looking for a replacement, an International. Once he finds one, he's going to call me. I get first chance... (to be continued, when we find a replacement)


 

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It will be yours soon Julie. I am so happy for you lots of people search for tractors thats was their kin and never find them. It makes the show a very special 1 for sure.. ;)
 

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Thanks for the story, and bringing the photo and sales receipt for me to see at the show Friday, after Jr. told me about it.
I'll bet Mr. Doyle will be looking even harder for a flat fender tractor now that you know that one was your Dad's.
Here's a photo of who enjoys riding it now. I think her name is Maggie, if I remember right.



Once I get my One Sixty sorted out, and you have your Dad's back, we'll have to ride together. ;)
 

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tchr1: i am so glad for You in finding this very special tractor that has sooo much of Your family with it. This is a great part of what makes tractor folks what we are. Congratulations for the well earned find; and thank You for the story. No matter what a great part of Your Dad will always be with You :D :lol:
 

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Excellent story... :D :p Now you did ask what kind of International he wanted right?....sounds like a replacement needs to be found soon so the 160 can "come back home"


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Great story! Thanks for sharing! I kept looking at that nicely restored John Deere 430 at the show yesterday, I grew up on one a lot like it. Maybe someday it will turn up.
 

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Fantastic story! I hope that 160 comes home real soon....must be a wonderful feeling having that history back in reach :D Thank you so much for sharing
 

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Thats one of the best stories I've I have ever heard about a tractor and you have know idea how glad I will be to hear when you get it. My eyes teared up when I read your story and can only imagine how it made you feel to find it.
 

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Sorry that Mrs. Jim and I did not meet you Julie, but I know the story. Caseman shared it with us. I have a couple of pics with Katie riding also. I hope everythings works out well for you. I have several sentimental tractors that were owned by close friends or familty members so I know how you feel.
 

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A little update. Mr Doyle is indeed on the hunt. He called tonight to say he is going to look at a possible replacement tomorrow. Must have flat fenders so Katie will have a place to ride. (for those who don't know, Katie is his dog that always rides with him on the fender). How awesome would it be if I was able to take it for a ride by the weeks's end!!! I'll keep you posted.
 

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Julie I guess you not be driveing this Case D on them fun runs now? :lol:
this picture taken of Julie on a 40 mile fun run 2006 ;)


 

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Mr Doyle is a good man and a man of his word. He bought a replacement yesterday and delivered the One Sixty to my house about 8:45 last night. Looks like I'll be wearing AC orange instead of Case orange this weekend.
 

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Oh Julie I am so pleased for you, your story is wonderful.... enjoy (I know you will)... xx couldnt have happened to a nicer person
 

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Wow! That was fast and great news :D
 

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DerickS said:
Wow! That was fast and great news :D
Don't you wish you could be there Sat on the Fun Run when she takes it on the Fun Run for the first time? :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
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