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THE TRAVEL AIR 4000 – A WORKING AG PLANE

The 1929 Travel Air 4000 N3977, now on display at the Heidrick, served many years as a crop duster in the fields around Lodi.  Originally manufactured as a passenger plane, the N3977 was purchased and retrofitted when the four Precissi brothers … Continue reading

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The Hey Day of Hot Rods

Nearly 150 hot rods and muscle cars cruised into the museum on Saturday, April 5, to launch Hot Rods: Wheels in Fields. More than 1,200 guests marveled at the new exhibits created by So-Cal Speed Shop of Sacramento, as well … Continue reading

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From Gow Jobs to Hot Rods

When is a hot rod not a hot rod? When it was built in the 1920s and 1930s.  At that time, a hot rod was called a “hop-up,” “soup-up,” or  “gow job” (from “gowed up,” meaning intoxicated).1  The typical gow … Continue reading

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The Russell Steamer, Adding the Finishing Touch (3 of 3)

In blog post No. 2, it was noted that the water tank and fuel storage bin at the rear of the Russell Steamer were fabricated as part of the restoration process.  As a finishing touch, the Russell & Company trademark, … Continue reading

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The Russell Steamer, a Feat of Restoration (2 of 3)

The Russell Steamer on view at the Heidrick Ag History Center today was the result of years of painstaking restoration. Fred Heidrick acquired it in the 1960s, and he and Joe Heidrick took the faded hulk and turned it into a gem.  Their efforts combined … Continue reading

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Russell Steamer (1 of 3)

If you’re curious about early tractors, consider the steam traction engines or “steamers.”  At the turn of the 20th century, steam vied with draft animals as the primary source of agricultural power. Steam traction engines were used to pull ag … Continue reading

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Help Us Restore the 1917 White Truck

The Museum is restoring a WWI-era commercial truck and we need your help!  This beautiful cherry red, “C-cab” commercial truck just needs some finishing touches before we can add it to our  ever-growing transportation collection.  In addition to a few mechanical adjustments, the … Continue reading

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Why did Holt Manufacturing name their early tractors “caterpillars”?

Learn the answer and hear other stories about agriculture history and the Heidrick Ag History Museum’s collection by activating the Guide by Cell tour during your visit.  When you see the blue Guide by Cell symbol, simply use your cell … Continue reading

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