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My name is Armand DeYoung. My wife and I reside in Mesa, AZ where I collect and build 1/16th scale Allis Chalmers tractors and implements.
A little history about me: I was born in Redfield, SD and my parents farmed near the small town of Ashton, about 10 miles north of Redfield. I graduated from high school in Northville, SD in 1962 and joined that US Air Force in the fall of 1962. I spent four years in the AF during the VietNam era, but the closest I got was to Thailand. Upon leaving the Air Force, I went to work for Philco-Ford in Willow Grove, PA as a field service engineer and spent five years in Southeast Asia, specifically two years in Thailand and three years in Vietnam. I returned to the USA in 1971, got married, and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I worked for Pan American Airlines, and then spent twenty-seven years with Rockwell Collins. I retired in 2002 at the age of 57. In the late 1970's I started collecting antique gas engines and ended up with 10 or 12 restored engines. Then in 1993 I decided to buy a tractor to play with as we had moved to an acreage in the country. I found and bought a 1936 AC WC and had fun with it. About that time The Allis Connection tractor club was coming into being and I joined. In the next few years I had bought and restored eight more AC tractors. In 2008 we decided to sell out and move permanently to Arizona. I sold all of my tractor collection but kept my extensive (200+ pieces) AC toy collection.
Later in 2008 we moved permanently to a retirement community in Mesa, AZ where I continue to build AC models.
The picture of the IB above was the last tractor that I restored before deciding to sell and relocate to Arizona.
I started collecting 1/64 scale tractors in 1980 or so, and then switched to 1/16th scale Allis Chalmers in 1993 after
buying the WC tractor. In 2000 I decided to try my hand at building models of some of the AC units that had not been produced by the toy companies, and probably never would be. My first model was of a WC SpeedPatrol, which was basically a tractor/maintainer combination. Since that time I have expanded my collection and scratch-built or modified approximately 75 units.
Please note that I do not build to sell, but only for my own collection.
If you would like to contact me by email my address is: email@example.com Please put AC Models in the subject line so I don't accidently delete your message.
AC Model 35 Single Row Corn Picker
In the early 1950s Allis Chalmers entered the grain drill market with the mounted All Crop drill for the CA and WD tractors. The drill was snap coupler mount and included an adjustable rim feed mechanism called Micro Feed to assure accurate seed spacing. They also included the Force-Flo fertilizer feed that had tempered steel spirals to auger fertilizer to the outlets in the correct amounts.
This model was started after taking measurements and photos of a real machine and is as close to scale as possible. The unit is divided in three sections, the front of the hopper being for fertilizer with the spirals, the back section for seed, and the small hopper on the rear for grass seed.
Each disc section with built separately and drop hoses are included. All of the gears were hand made, as well as the drive unit on the wheel hub.
To display this unit, I modified an Ertl WD45 casting to better represent a WD tractor. This required moving the steering shaft to the side of the tractor, adding weights to the front, and making a pattern for spin out rear wheels and casting them out of resin for the 12.4 X 28 tires.
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AC Snap Coupler Coil Shank Field Cultivator