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NAPPANEE â€” The NorthWood High school tractor restoration team officially submitted its entry for the Delo Tractor restoration project. Members of the team consist of Chad Stutzman, Emily Sheets, Damon Herschberger, Andrew Chapman, and Cody Anglemyer. The Team has invested more than 1,200 hours into their 1957 Farmall 450 to complete the restoration.
The team also submitted a video along with an almost 60-page book that conveyed everything they did to and with the tractor. The video is available for viewing on Deloâ€™s tractor restoration 2012 YouTube page, and there is also a link from the companyâ€™s webpage, www.delotractorrestoration.com.
The voting procedure will be online at the website and voting began Sept. 10. The public is invited to log on and vote for the local teamâ€™s video submission and Delo will officially announce the 12 finalist teams Sept. 24 on Facebook.
Students are in charge of promoting the tractor, and it has been on display and in use numerous times at public events this year. A future event for display is the Nappanee Apple Festival (Sept. 14-16) and will be used with a three-bottom plow to work up the Elkhart County Food Bank garden this fall. The National Convention will be held Oct. 24 through 27 but the team will not be bringing their tractor, only what they have learned and their experiences during the last year of restoration.
Elkhart County community members also helped teach the students about the tractor. Butch Hamman, Howard Yoder, Dan Schmucker, and Barney Beer are but a few people who assisted in the restoration. The team stated in their concluding sentence of the book, â€śWe discovered that it takes a caring and motivated community to develop both a quality restoration and restoration team.â€ť