Someone on Craigslist had a replacement engine that Cliff was pretty sure would work on our tiller; since his location was not so far from Lathrop, we decided to kill two birds with one stone: we secured an engine, and we visited a tractor show. The opening day of a tractor show is never the busiest, since lots of people are at work on Friday. Still, we enjoyed making the rounds.
This guy works where Cliff does, but on weekends he pursues his hobby at tractor shows, Fort Osage, Missouri Town, and other places that need an old-time blacksmith.
Talk about a blast from the past: I'm about 95% sure I worked with this lady in 1962, at the long-gone mail order firm by the name of National Bellas Hess.
At my urging, Cliff bought an Oliver cap to go with his Oliver tractor, and an Ertle toy tractor, an Allis Chalmers D-17, series IV, like the one he used for so many years.