The tractor was already well known in the collector community, part of the Fred Bruns collection. It had been put into a running restored exhibit and had been shown in that configuration for decades, in fact it was featured in some of the published books of the time. But as Mr Bruns got up in years and didn't get to care for his collection in the later years, it and the rest of his collection was allowed to sit out at the farm and deteriorate. His family apparently weren't able to care for his things and finally sold the collection.
Here is a photo of the tractor before the Kass family purchased it. Courtesy of Glynn Orwick It would have had its Chevrolet drive train at this time.
Kelly, surely you can get a tunnel dug before the show!! The Mexicans dig them all the time.The tractor is looking pretty sharp! It got its lettering on Monday. We will hold off on photos until a decision is made on the Crosby show! I hate to steal the thunder of the show! Hopefully it is possible to have the show and the border opens so we can have the tractor in Crosby for its coming out party!