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Check out the finalists in tractor restoration competition

See before and after pictures of tractors from the 12 finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition have been announced.

The finalists

  1. Ben Anderson, Spring Valley, WI: 1947 Allis Chalmers C  
  2. Cody Tschirhart, Medina Valley High School FFA, Castroville, TX: 1971 Case 970 Black Knight Demonstrator 
  3. Devin Haywood, Hastings, MI: 1970 Farmall 826 Diesel Demonstrator 
  4. Dubiski Career High School, Grand Prairie, TX: 1941 Ford 9N 
  5. Eufaula High School FFA, Eufaula, AL: 1953 Ferguson TO30  
  6. Four Rivers Career Center Nigh Shift, Washington, MO: 1941 Farmall H 
  7. Matthew Machicek, Rogers FFA, Rogers, TX: 1962 Oliver 1800 MFWD 
  8. Ricky Schilling, Fayetteville, TX: 1972 International Harvester 1466 Diesel 
  9. Riley Billings, Floresville, TX: 1969 Case 530  
  10. Ryder Lestrud, Kensett, IA: 1972 John Deere 4020 High Crop  
  11. Ryder Merta, El Campo FFA, El Campo, TX: 1973 Oliver 1365  
  12. Tyler Schimke, Paso Robles FFA, Paso Robles, CA: 1945 Farmall A

The event brings the country’s top teen tractor restoration specialists to Indianapolis, Indiana, during the 91st National FFA Convention to compete in the only national competition of its kind.    

Tractor restoration process

Over a two-day period, the 12 finalists present their projects to a panel of four professional tractor restorers. Each project is then graded on the restoration process, safety precautions, results, documentation, oral presentation, and responses to the judge’s questions.    

All entrants to the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition are required to submit a workbook detailing the entire tractor restoration process, from mechanical overhauls of the engine, transmission and auxiliary and ancillary systems, to the external appearance of the tractors. Judges review these workbooks and entrant videos to select competition finalists.  

“What we love about the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition its ability to inspire kids to do things they may never have done, or even thought possible,” said Dan Holdmeyer, Industrial Sector Manager, Chevron Products Company. “The determination, ingenuity, and spirit displayed by this year's finalists is inspiring. The program encourages participants to interact with their teachers, advisors, family, friends, and community. Participants demonstrate mechanical proficiency, commitment, determination, and teamwork; traits that will help them as they move from school to career. Being involved with a program that inspires kids to ask questions, interact, learn, and in the end accomplish the incredible, is something Chevron and its Delo brand are very proud of.”  

Since 1995 the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition has rewarded the determination, mechanical skills and business savvy of high school-aged tractor restoration experts from around the country. Through the restoration of an antique tractor, participants develop skills applicable to the modern business world. The skills needed for success in the program – equipment maintenance, teamwork, project management, budgeting, planning, and marketing – help develop the participants into future leaders in the agriculture community.  

Winners will be announced at an awards banquet on Oct. 31, 2019. The Grand Champion will be awarded $10,000, the Reserve Champion receives $5,000, and third place takes home $3,000. 

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