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Allis Chalmers Collector Turned Author

Jun 21, 2011

By Kasey Hunt, Farm Journal Editorial Assistant

For many, a hobby is an activity or interest that we take on for pleasure and is typically done during our leisure time. For Dean Byerly, his hobby turned into a full time job. Byerly made drawing Allis Chalmers emblems his hobby and after 40 years, he decided to cross something off his bucket list by writing a book detailing the history of Allis Chalmers. “Better by Design” is a collection of Allis Chalmers emblems, advertisements from years past and a collection of articles, including one from Implement and Tractor.
 
Meet Dean:
 
When asked what his favorite Allis Chalmers tractor is, Byerly stated it is the 1941 C because in his eyes, that is the tractor that started it all. After working for Allis Chalmers on a corporate level, Byerly decided to take his knowledge and passion for the equipment company to the classroom. He taught students at a local community college about the company and taught them how to work on the tractors.
 
If you are an Allis Chalmers collector and interested in a purchasing a copy of “Better by Design,” visit www.allisconnections.com. Copies of the book will also be available this summer at the Orange Power of the Past in Paris, Illinois on July 15-16 and the Gathering of the Orange in Hutchinson, Minnesota on July 22-24.
 
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Jim Sly - Creswell, OR
My father's first "new tractor" was an AC WD-45 I learned to operate as a 10 year old. It was the primary field tractor around here well into the 1980's. I always was impressed with the draft system that AC used. Very light tractor that did very well when connected to AC equipment.
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