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Collector Profile for Jim Pfrommer

Collector Profile for Jim Pfrommer
Born; June 26, 1957 Sellersville, PA

Day Job; Currently attempting to start a business of buying and selling collectibles, especially early pickup trucks. I was a self-employed solo practice physician back in PA, but decided to leave the practice of medicine because of the many changes that are being brought about by the insurance companies.

Resides; Currently in South Waco Texas. This is a temporary situation as the house is located in a suburban development on about Ĺ acre. I am currently about out of storage for any more vehicles, but that hasnít stopped me from continuing to look. My goal is to find a piece of land suitable for a small working ranch. I would to do as much of the work as possible with antique farm machinery and draft horses.

Prior Farming Experience; From about 1972 to 1980 my father, our friend Earl, and I farmed about 100 very fertile Pennsylvania acres. We primarily grew corn, hay, and soybeans. We also bred and raised Quarter horses, finished steers, and farrowed Yorkshire pigs. I picked up extra money by raising veal from the calves supplied by neighboring dairy farmers when they freshened their cows.

Significant others; Deborah Root, and Jake the Border Collie Puppy.

Equipment Owned; Unfortunately, I am currently tractorless. Here in Texas I have my 1941 Ford pickup as well as a 1956 Chevy pickup, (neither running). Still in PA; 1934 Ford dump truck, 1946 Ford 1.5 ton flatbed, as well as assorted 1940 Ford passenger cars and an old one cylinder hit & miss engine that I picked up at an auction and havenít done anything with yet. My father is still using our Farmall H, Case 570 with loader, Case 1070, and Farmall 706.

Tools; Though my things are currently stuffed into a two car garage along with my Jeep, dirt bike and Harley, I have; ShopTask Mill-Drill-Lathe combo, Tip pressure sandblaster, Lincoln MIG welder, oxy-acetylene torch and an excellent selection of mechanical and body work tools. I have to move things around any time I want to work on anything, and often end up working out in the direct Texas sun. I have a great tan, but learned to leave my hand tools in a shady area after burning a blister on my finger with a 9/16' wrench that had sat in the direct sun.

Tractor and Equipment Hauling; 1996 Ford F-350 1 ton dually with a wide 16í low bed open gooseneck trailer. I have already made four runs between Texas and Pennsylvania. Fuel mileage with the 7.3 litre turbocharged Powerstroke diesel drops to around 10 mpg with loaded trailer when speeds go over 65 mph. Tractors Iíd like to own; Case L on steel, and LA on rubber, Ford N series, Farmall Super C, and something very early, like a McCormick Deering.

Prior Tractor Restoration Experience. My great-uncle was a Case dealer in Wernersville, PA from the 1930ís through the 1980ís. When his main man Ernie attempted to rebuild the engine on a Case SC that they had taken in trade, it ended up getting four new sleeves and pistons, as well as the bearings replaced and the head redone. By this time they had more money in it than they could hope to sell it for, so Uncle George put a NOS magneto and carb on it and gave it to me. While the rest of my family watched football on television, I spent one winter completely disassembling, cleaning, straightening, and painting. Wheels and cast parts were painted with a brush, and I learned to spray enamel with the Flambeau Red on the sheet metal. The PTO cover came out so beautiful that I never could bring myself to install it. I used that tractor for many hours cultivating corn, both my own as well as custom work for other farmers. That tractor also served as my motorized transport until I was old enough to get my drivers license. Unfortunately, in a temporary lapse of sanity, my father traded the SC toward the new Case 1070 we bought. I believe the dealer is still displaying it in his show room.

Things I Can Help Other Collectors With; Research, some local hauling, labor and tools.

Other Hobbies; Tool collecting, both antique and modern. I have a special emphasis on the tools of timber framing, and most of my tools are tuned up, sharpened, and used. Long time member of the Early American Industries Association. I am a big fan of early barns, especially stone based Pennsylvania Dutch Bank Barns. Motorcycling, computers, handgun shooting and reloading

Jim Pfrommer , from PA, entered 2000-02-15

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