Students complete tractor project

In early March, around 40 students at the Warren County Career Center began to restore a 1956 Ford 860 tractor.

Greg Wisenauer, instructor for the Machine Technology class said that at this time of year, it can be difficult to keep the students attention, and the project helped focus their attention.

“Everybody wanted to work on it,” he said.

Students from Power Equipment Technology and Wisenauer class researched the history of the tractor and located or machined parts that had worn out.

He said the tractor, which has a front-end loader, had seen its share of wear and tear over the years. “The gears in the steering box were shredded.” He added that the loader had caused excessive wear on the front-end of the tractor, and needed a lot of work.

The Auto Collision class did the body work and painting, Auto Technology students replaced and tested the cooling system, welding students repaired the frame and Pre-Engineering class replicated the original decals.

Dr. Darrell Jaskolka, WCCC principal said the restoration of the tractor is a tribute to the cooperation and teamwork exhibited by all the shops involved.

“We did a pretty good job, we rescued it,” Wisenauer said. He added that students from across the county worked on the project. Student Benjamin Stover said, “I loved it.”

Wisenauer added that many people outside the school helped with advice and parts, including Turner Tractor in Evans City, Pa. who supplied the tractor and Pete Fifer of Wisconsin who helped with parts.