Tony Haupt is named Mr Endurance after working his manner by way of packing containers of elements to totally restore a steam-powered tractor with out its handbook.
The Mackay man, who has spent 14 years reconstructing the 1908 Marshall Gainsborough colonial mild traction engine, took it on its first outing not too long ago on the Sarina tractor pull in central Queensland.
The 113-year-old tractor, which comes full with steel observe wheels and a burner for wooden or coal, has been a labour of affection.
“Everybody mentioned they might have given up years and years in the past on it, or offered it off,” he mentioned.
And regardless of having spent years engaged on it, he says it is the second love of his life — after his spouse.
“As a result of they needed to try to compete with the Individuals available on the market for engines going to the colonies again within the early days.”
This tractor is a uncommon piece of historical past, constructed simply seven years after Australia’s Federation and the yr of Sir Donald Bradman’s delivery.
“It is the oldest Marshall mild traction colonial engine in steam on the earth that I do know of being 1908. They solely began constructing this type 1907, 1908,” Mr Haupt mentioned.
Years of dedication
In the event you ask Mr Haupt if it took too lengthy to rebuild this magnificence, he does not miss a beat.
“That is my ardour,” he mentioned.
“And I feel I’ve achieved one thing nice.”
It initially arrived in Mackay in a transport container in items. Since then, Mr Haupt has rebuilt it from the bottom up which included getting a brand new boiler constructed.
“Which [getting the boiler built] has taken me a lot of years, cost-wise in addition to getting the expert craftsmen to do it.”
Maiden run attracts a crowd
Like-minded tractor fanatics flocked to see the tractor make its maiden run on the tractor pull.
“I [had previously] steamed it up in my yard, I run it up and down my driveway about 20 metres, that is so far as it is gone,” Mr Haupt mentioned.
For the 2 days it was on show, Mr Haupt estimated it used a couple of tonne of timber — his gasoline of selection over coal to keep away from thicker smoke.
As for what he’ll do now it is restored and working, he is not too certain.
“It is simply my ardour, I’ve finished it for myself.
“I am so grateful the general public do admire it. Steam may be very distinctive round Mackay, there’s not a lot of it left round anymore.”