ISSUE DATE: 12/23/2013
By Doug Rich
It was a cold, wet morning and the old Oliver 1950 GM was slow to start. Bill Reitz sprayed a little encouragement into the intake manifold, cranked the engine one more time, and the big Detroit diesel engine roared to life.
Bill Reitz bought his first tractor, an unstyled Allis Chalmers WC, when he was 14 years old, beginning a lifelong passion for antique tractors and machinery.
“Tractors have been part of my life ever since I was big enough to get on one,” Reitz said.
Reitz spent a lot of time as a young man working with his father’s uncle, Paul Gibb, helping him on his farm in western Missouri.
“I have his tractor, a 1951 Minneapolis Moline ZA, in my barn,” Reitz said. “I bought it at his farm auction when I was 16 years old.”
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