Featured Collector: Tim Rees

This high clearance Model 10 Caterpillar is owned by one of the Elkhorn Valley Antique Power Association’s founding fathers, Tim Rees of Elkhorn, NE. Tim comes by his interest in CAT’s naturally for he is employed by Nebraska’s largest Caterpillar dealer, Nebraska Machinery Company, as the Parts and Service Sales Manager. He started working for the dealership in 1974 as a mechanic doing track rollers.

Tim located this rare find in Clarks, Nebraska. The tractor was in good condition because, though it was out of service, it had been stored inside. Although the motor was stuck, the head cracked and a piston broken, it took only two winters (with some honey-do tasks mixed in) to get this jewel running, after a complete rebuild from radiator cap to drawbar. The toughest part of the rebuild was the replacement of all the pins and bushings in the heavy-duty tracks. Using a 100-ton press, it was two day’s work to dismantle and reassemble. The rest was general clean-up, resealing, sandblasting and painting. This model 10 doesn’t just sit by itself on the rural Rees acreage for Tim, wife Cheryl, and teenagers Sarah and DJ (David John) also have 11 other Caterpillars (1924-1937), two John Deere’s, one Allis D-14 and a Ford Jubilee.

While nearly 4900 of the 10-14 horsepower model 10’s were manufactured, this high clearance version numbered less that 400. It had a 3-row planter and cultivator made to use with it. This gasoline-powered crawler weighs in at 4575 lbs.

Tim’s proud to be a member of Elkhorn Valley Antique Power Assn. and he finds the diversity of the more than 100 members to be a unique strength. While some member’s expertise is restoration, others are great at organizing and planning club events. He thinks Elkhorn Valley has some of the best-restored tractors in the area and states that our annual show demonstrates that our restoration quality is top-notch.

Tim’s personal satisfaction comes from taking something old, worn-out or rusty and turning it into something that is like new. He gets great pleasure in noticing the look on an individual’s face when he/she sees something from the past that now looks like new and runs like it just left the manufacturing line. The Rees family, including two dogs and two cats, are very involved in many Elkhorn community and church activities, but working with the enthusiastic members of Elkhorn Valley Antique Power is involvement they really enjoy.

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