Black Hawk Cockshut 40
Jan 28, 2011
After reading the Tailgate Talk article in your November issue about restored antique tractors (John Deere tractors plowing) I had to send these pictures of my Dad's restored tractor (William Brooks from Morrisville, NY).
My Dad's father bought this Black Hawk Cockshut 40 new in 1956, it was used on a daily basis on the family farm. As my grandfather moved on from the farm and my Dad continued to run it he to used the tractor daily. When my Dad sold the farm this tractor is one of the things that didn't go auction!
My Dad restored it about 5 years ago and started going to local tractor pulls and parades (he won 1st place in the first parade he attended). As you can see from the attached photo the pull was a sled with another tractor on it for weight, they started with a small tractor then kept adding bigger ones until you couldn't complete the pull.
Now he is a member of a tractor club, purchased an old 3 bottom plow, fixed it up and attends local plow days. The photos attached are from the Central New York Antique Tractor Clubs annual plow days. At one time there were 12 tractors all plowing around the field at the same time until they meet in the middle and the field was done.
Submitted by Verna Kent