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This section needs a little more older iron in its diet so thought I'd post some of our Rock Island and Heider collection that Dad and I have.

Our 1917 Heider C 12-20, the story has it that the previous owner bought a hardware store closeout ~1970 in Rock Island, when he went to clean up a collapsed shed in back he found this tractor in a wood crate. As he was a tractor and car dealer we can say we are the first non dealer to own it ;). It was on display for a few years at Mt Pleasant.



our ~1920 M1 Heider 2-row cultivator



From L to R are three of our Rock Islands: a 1935 H5 from the last full year of RI production, a 1928 G that used the same headless Waukesha the Heider's did, and a 1927 F that was one of the first 200 produced under the Rock Island name.



Here is a video of the G running
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BekEyccQs7A

Besides the tractors, I also collect Rock Island and Heider literature and also operate the RockIslandPlowCo.com website covering the history of the companies from 1855 as Buford & Tate to the eventual Case buyout in 1937. Although the focus is history and the tractor lines, I am workign on the gas engines and implements as well. So far I have a good overview of the history of their plows and cultivators online.

I am also helping with the Geneseo IL show (near the Rock Island/Moline area) which in 2014 will be featuring "Lessor Knowns" including Rock Island and Heider so I am trying to get the word out. This is a very good working farm show that has really grown the last few years at its new site. http://www.ae-ta.com/
 

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This was our display last week at Geneseo IL, we cleaned out the shed for the show.



Our C and M1


In back a 6 hp Rock Island built by Jacob Haish ~1912, in front a 3 hp and 2 hp Rock Island, both built by Alamo, a 2 row RI corn planter and walking plow


Our 1935 H5, 1928 G, 1927 F and 1934 H4


We told them next year, they could just give us the row as we will be adding at least 1 and probably 2 to the line as we get our G2 reassembled and pick up another we just bought ( will try to remember to post pictures later as its another rare model). oddly, the most common tractor in that lineup was actually the Heider C, with more survivors then all the other models combined (the 27 F is one of the first 200 or so built and has some substantial differnces from later F models, so is a rare breed compared to the normal F and FA models with only a handful of survivors).
 
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