LINDSAY, TX -- Instead of spending hours on his cell phone or playing video games one teen from Lindsey, Texas has spent hundreds of hours restoring a tractor more than four times his age. As Kristen Shanahan shows us his work on this antique could plow a path for his future.
Benjamin Zimmerer says most other teens do not spend their days cranking up an ol' time tractor, but he says there is something about hearing a 1929 Twin City 21-32 Tractor rev up for the first time in decades that makes the 1100 plus hours of hard work all worth it.
"It kind of got boring at one point in time, but then once I got that taste of it you know once I got it running and it got a little better then it made me want to work on it more," Benjamin said.
It took 10 months along with dozens of parts from across the world to recreate the 83-year-old machine.
"It hadn't run in about 40 years and the sheet metal and everything was pretty rough," Benjamin said.
Benjamin's father Michael says it was his son's motivation mixed with the hours of hard labor that earned him the top prize of Grand Champion at two different competitions.
"It's a lot of work I mean he spent a lot, many of late night evenings, weekends. I never had to worry where he was at I knew exactly where he was at he was right here," Mr. Zimmerman said.
Mr. Zimmerer says he is proud of his son and it is incredible to see how far he has come since his first project restoring a 1952 tractor that sat in the garage for years collecting dust.
"About three years ago he said dad we need to work on this tractor, and so we pulled it out and started working on it and that was the beginning," Mr. Zimmerman said.
In three years Benjamin's restored three tractors, but says he will not stop there. Next year he says he will attend Lincoln Tech in Grand Prarie, Texas to keep doing what he loves.
"I'm getting master certified in diesel and auto mechanics," Benjamin said.