Five Adair County High School juniors recently took home a first place award at the Kentucky State Fair for their incredible restoration of a 1947 Farmall tractor.
Sam Baker, Mason Carter, Preston Cundiff, Dylan Hancock, and Matthew McCarrol began work on the project almost a year ago, and continued their efforts even during summer break, finally finishing the job in July. It was a laborious undertaking, according to FFA Advisor Kirby Hancock.
“We had to sand off the old paint, take care of all the mechanical issues, because it had a busted head gasket and the starter needed to be repaired,” Hancock says. “We basically had to redo the entire electrical system. Then once we got it running, we put on two coats of primer and two coats of paint, then put the decals on.”
The work paid off, as the boys won first place honors in the best Agriculture Mechanics Exhibit at the fair.
Featured photo: From left, Sam Baker, Mason Carter, Dylan Hancock, Preston Cundiff, and Matthew McCarrol showing off the tractor they spent 10 months restoring.