May Update

Two veteran brothers, Richard McFarlin and Jim Schmidt, came to the aid of our ailing tilling tractor. Jim took the tractor north to Wisconsin where he lives and started on the re-build. Jim had the engine removed by Bill Rindl of Tennies Ace Hardware in West Bend, WI. The motor was then transported to the Moraine Park Training Center where a team of students from the small engine repair class re-built her.

FF Tractor Motor rebuild team

Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) Freedom Farm Tractor motor rebuild team. From left to right: Bill Gamerdinger, Alex Rusart, Jake Sedarski, and Instructor – Tom Denow.
Tractor is Wheelhorse C-195 powered by Kohler KT-19 engine. The engine over-revved because governor was defective. The team replaced piston rings, governor spindle, and several other components. Power cleaned and painted engine. Breathed new life into a 20 year old motor.

Jim then returned the engine to Bill to be re-installed and tested.


Jim on reconditioned tractor

Running like a champ again!

Once that was complete, Jim transported the tractor back to the farm in time for our spring planting. Jim and Richard did all of this at their own time and expense, for which we are truly grateful. Thank you fellas, and thanks to the team at the Moraine Park Technical College for an excellent job – she runs great!

Thank you Bill Rindl for fitting our tractor into your busy schedule.

Tractor back at the farm

Back at the Freedom Farm, ready to go.

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One response to “May Update

  1. Arron Davis

    This is a great story and show of support for Veterans and what you guys are doing!

    As a Vet, thank you to all those involved!!!!!!!!

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