Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In Memory of Mike Schwanke

On Monday October 3rd we lost a Beloved Family Member and Friend; Mike Schwanke.

Mike Schwanke is the son of Virgil and Agnes Schwanke.

I had the pleasure of working with Mike at the Schwanke Truck and Tractor Shop and at the Schwanke Museum for the last 2 years. Every afternoon Mike would park one of the 3 8N tractors he had rebuilt out in front of the Museum for display. Mike was a great mechanic, if a part was needed and could not be bought he would manufacture the part himself. Mike worked around the shop where he worked on tractors, changed tires, and general maintenance around the shop and museum.

Mike was a quite man, but when you got him talking he was a joy to listen too. I enjoyed his many fishing story or the stories of his youth. Mike also restore many of the vehicles that are on display at the museum. So in Memory of Mike Schwanke, I am going to post the Three 8N Ford here on the Schwanke Museum blog.

1949 8N 60 hp French Built Engine

 The Three 8N's  

1949 V12 Ford 8N 120 hp

1949 V12 Ford 8N 120 hp
Thank You Mike Schwanke you will be missed.

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