International Harvester Collectors of Indiana Chapter 7
Chapter #7 President Randy Barrett at the 2016 Winter Convention
Well it’s been a long warm winter for us in the south and for you who live in northern part of our state you’ve had the snow but I think we have made it to Spring! I hope you got your winter projects completed and ready for the summer shows. I know, I’m not there yet, but will complete my restoration of an International 4130 Skid Loader next week. I even learned a couple of things on this machine. I had to rebuild the hydrostatic transmission and rebuilt an Onan engine. Everything has been fairly routine except for the engine which has been a hurry up and wait event. No parts and making parts to fit have taken the past year; next time a replacement engine will do.
We have been working on the winter convention during the past few months. We are well on our way in planning the 2017 IHC Winter Convention in Columbus. We will still need lots of help during the convention so make plans if you can help next March 2-4.
Our winter meeting was held in Morristown on a nice sunny day in January. We had good food and fellowship with those who were able to attend the meeting. Our next get together will be a State Show May 12 – 14 at the Jackson County Fair Grounds Brownstown hosted by the Jackson County Antique Machinery Association. Our meeting will be on Saturday at 11:00 or 1:00 depending on a nice RED equipment tour and other activities of the club. So come early and enjoy the fun and fellowship.
Our third quarter meeting with be held at the Tri-State Engine Show in Portland on August 27th. Time TBA. August 24-27 will be the gathering of the RED POWER for Indiana Chapters 7 & 33, Ohio Chapter 6, and Michigan Chapter 11 so bring your IH displays we need more than 500 International Harvester displays to beat the GREEN show of last year. For more information contact me or one of your directors.
Our Fourth Quarter meeting will be held on Plow Day October 8th at Odon, hosted by the Cornelius Farms. The site is located at the junction of I- 69 and Indiana 58. I hope everyone can come and visit and even plow.
I just received the sad news: Terry Hankins, 77, passed away March 29, at Indianapolis. He was an engineer at the IH engine plant for 41 years. Terry was an avid IH collector and a great supporter of our chapter. He will be deeply missed.
It is with regret that I announce the resignation of Pat Schlegal as one of our directors. He has new employment which limits when he can attend club functions. Thank You Pat for of your hard work. With that in mind we will need to elected new director at our state show. We need you to fill the void. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a director. We will be electing four directors this year. See you there in May.