The application window is open, and qualifying students could receive tires to help them complete their project
Titan International Inc. is accepting applications for 2021’s antique tractor restoration program, an annual two-decade-long program that this maker of agricultural tires has put on. National FFA and 4-H student members can register online to qualify for a set of Titan or Goodyear Farm Tire branded antique tractor tires.
This program helps to encourage the understanding of farm machinery — so many young people are in mechanics programs where they’ll tear down grandpa’s old Farmall M or John Deere 60 to see how it works, and then put it back together with new parts. It’s a learning experience for the students — and that includes learning about costs.
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Titan has awarded thousands of free tires to student-led tractor restoration projects since 1996. With the cancelations of many fairs and festivals in 2020, there were limited opportunities to showcase student restoration projects, but that didn’t stop FFA and 4-H students from successfully completing their restorations with the help of Titan. 17-year old Kelli Wicks of Hubbard, Iowa, is one shining example of that.
A family heirloom restored
Kelli Wicks took a family heirloom and gave it a new life with the antique tractor restoration program. Kelli’s great grandfather purchased the tractor in 1962 for various farming operation uses. It was Kelli’s turn to give back and get the family tractor restored to its former glory.
“Since my grandfather retired from farming — the machine wasn’t used much and had not been fired up for years,” said Wicks. “The factory paint had worn off and was a rusty color. After getting some fresh gas, and a new battery she fired right up. Getting the set of Titan tires for this project was a huge advantage and helped make the tractor look brand new. I would highly recommend the Titan program to anyone wanting to restore a part of our rural American history and heritage.”
“We are honored to support the many 4-H and FFA students dedicated to these restoration projects,” said Scott Sloan, ag product manager/global LSW for Titan. “Restoring an antique tractor requires a lot of time and meticulous work. It is rewarding to see their finished projects.”
How to apply
Applications and new guidelines for the 2021 program can be found online at titan-intl.com/antique-tractor-restoration. Qualified projects will be accepted while allocated supplies last. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.