After more than 30 years, Angie Frink's 1947 Farmall tractor has been brought back to life, and she has students at the Warren County Career Center to thank.
Students Dylan Saullo, Ron Kepple, Mark Cecco and Steven Garris, under the guidance of teacher Jim Mechling, have revived the machine after more than a year and a half of work.
According to Saullo and Kepple, Garris' father works with Frink, who is a resident of Spartansburg. The two talked it over and Frink turned the tractor over to the Career Center to serve as a student project.
The tractor, which belonged to Frink's grandfather, sat for more than 30 years and didn't even run when the students began work.
"The tractor provided many challenges," Kepple said.
"It was really a ground-up restoration," added Saullo.
The two said seeing the tractor running after all that time due to their own hard work and perseverance made the effort worth it.
"It's really a feeling of accomplishment," Kepple said.
"To see it finished and running after all that time," Saullo agreed. "It was really interesting to take two years and not work on anything else."
Looking back on the project, the two said they were glad to have had the opportunity to take part in the restoration.
"The project was really good for work ethics," said Kepple. "It's definitely a good experience."
"It really builds teamwork," Saullo added, "It's the experience of a lifetime."
The students will say goodbye to the project when Frink picks up the finished tractor and returns it home on Saturday.