Ray Miller has turned his love of old red tractors into a family affair.
While some of Ray's tractors are a necessity and still in use on the family farm, others are used strictly for hobby. Today 84-year-old Ray of Hooversville, and his three sons Alan, Greg and Charles have a collection of 26 farm tractors including at least one of each model in the Farmall letter series produced from 1939 to 1952.
Ray's first exposure to tractors came on his grandfather Theodore Miller's farm.
"My grandfather always had Farmall tractors," Ray said.
When Ray decided to purchase his own farm in 1948, it wasn't hard to figure out what type of tractor to buy. Adhering to the brand loyalty he learned at an early age, Ray's first tractor was a Farmall BN. After using the tractor for daily work around the farm it was eventually sold and was replaced by newer bigger equipment.
"I was so mad after I sold it that I began looking for another to buy," Ray recalled.
About 10 years ago Ray and his sons decided to restore their first tractor, a 1941 Farmall M.
"We had other tractors to do the farm work and weren't using the M, so we decided to restore it," Ray said.
"I think a tree fell on it as the hood was busted and the grille was dented," Alan noted.
Ray and his sons undertook the restoration in Alan's heated garage over the winter when work around the farm was slow. The men completely went over the tractor to make sure it was mechanically sound, before Alan refreshed its appearance with a new coat of paint.