Hometown Farmer - Restoring history

Hometown Farmer - Restoring history

When you're learning the ropes of mechanic work, nothing is better than getting hands-on.

Restoring a tractor can get a little noisy, especially when that tractor is in pieces.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on exposure," said Brian Gottlob, an ag instructor at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

He says hands-on is the best way to learn.

"The students are realizing that, as the projects go on, things aren't working as well," said Gottlob.

"When bolts don't want to come out, that's a bit of a problem," said Ryan Golombiecki, a junior at the school.

His ag mechanics class has been working on the tractor since January 5th.

He's working with two other kids to restore a 1960 Minneapolis Moline Four Star.

And if you see a guy with a beard working, too, he isn't a student.

His name is Grant Sixta and he owns the tractor.

"My grandparents bought the tractor in 1960," said Sixta.

He helps out with the class a few times a week.

While the project isn't difficult, he says it's helping the students learn the basics of mechanical work.

"They're learning nuts, bolts," said Sixta. "Just remember how stuff came apart and put it back together."

Lately, the kids have been working on redoing the clutch.

Ryan wants to go into diesel mechanic school, he says this project has been a big inspiration.

"I just recently started tearing my motor apart in my S-10 to put a new head gasket in it," said Golombiecki, with a smile.

Grant says his family owns about 80 Minneapolis Moline tractors.

Once the one the Sibley-Ocheyedan students are working on is all fixed up, you'll be able to see it outside the FFA booth at the county fair this summer in Sibley.

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