As reported by Gary Hargrave on 3/09
Well, it was a bit of an adventure but it all turned out great. First I scouted the back side of the property expecting to find it in the thick brush, and then as I was about to do a 2nd tour when it was discovered about 100' from the street in a clump of brush well camouflaged.
It was a real easy recovery, less then 45 min. The only tool used was a 5' pry bar. It was a battle with the berry prickers, and sunk in 4" which had to be dug out to free the wheels. Took some shaking to free it and that was it. Just roll it on the trailer. Hold it, not yet !
It was just about that time that the neighbor showed up wondering what I was doing, as the machine was his, he said. Well it was, but not on his property, well maybe 1 wheel. I offered to just leave it and not get involved as there are a lot of them around. It was donated by the owner of the properety it was on.
Then we got talking about the Museum, and it turned out he didn't mind donating it. His concern was a tax deduction, so we agreed 100 bucks was reasonable for that. Dave happened to have paperwork with him so we took care of the title right there. It is right behind the barn in Madrid.
We could not find any manufacturer, just casting numbers.