A Paso Robles High School student was named the winner of the JB Dewar’s Tractor Restoration Education Program.
Tyler Schimke spent 400 hours total rebuilding a 1945 Farmall tractor.
He did most of the work himself with encouragement from his father and mentor, who have both restored tractors themselves.
Schimke says every part of the vehicle was built with new internals and while it was a difficult challenge, he’s happy he got the experience he was looking for.
“Last year, it was kinda like the learning curve and then this year, they expected me to do more myself like the motor work, transmission work, stuff like that, so I was kinda more on my own this year. They pushed me because that’s kinda how you learn,” Schimke said.
He plans on going into the Ag Mechanics program at Cuesta College next year and says he’s already in communication with companies such as john deere in hopes to get a job working in the tractor industry in the future.
Schimke was honored during a luncheon at the California Mid-State Fair on Cattlemen & Farmers Day.
Second place went to Shane Brennan and third place went to Walter Lorz. Both students attend Templeton High School.