Paul's Gibson Collection
Here is the beginning of my friend Paul's Gibson collection, aka "The Gibson Guy". There will be many more pictures of Paul's Gibson collection to come in the very near future, but here is his story in his own words, as well as a few pictures from his humble beginnings. Check back later for pictures of his many beautiful tractors. Also, if you are looking to sell a Gibson, particularly a Gibson Model I, talk to Paul! It will go to a good home.
Here is Paul's story in his own words:
My journey into Gibsons started luckily by accident. When I retired in 2003 I had a barn full of projects (classic car and truck, 3 snowmobiles, 2 motorcycles, 3 riding lawn mowers, 2 McCormick-International tractors and more) that I'd saved over the years to be fixed up or restored at my leisure, but for some reason I couldn't get motivated to start on any of them and actually to my and my wife's surprise, began selling them off one by one! A rusty, dusty Gibson "Model D" tractor that had sat buried in a corner of the barn was last to go, and I dragged it out to just clean it up and sell it to someone who might fix it up and treat it better than I had for the last 25 years. Well I'm not sure how or why it happened, but by about 3 months later I had totally dismantled it and ground it down to bare metal and then painted and re-assembled it and was quite proud of it sitting there in the barn, when my wife said that since only 4 people had ever seen it restored, was it going to be stuck in the corner of the barn again for another 25 years - why not "expose it to the world". I thought about it and since I only live 5 kms. from the annual "Marshville Heritage Festival", I foolishly told her maybe I should bring it there and show it, although I didn't really think I would. Well she held me to it and I brought it there and it was such a hit with the show-goers and I had such a great time talking with people that had either never seen one before or it reminded them of one back in their younger days on a farm or orchard. So due to the fact that I had such a great time over those 3 days( and the fact that a fella at the show asked if I'd be interested in another Gibson tractor- which I picked up the very next day!) I was on my way to becoming the self proclaimed "Gibson Guy". Since then my wife, my dog (Gibby) and I have travelled many, many thousands of kms. over Ontario and into the U.S. searching for and "rescuing" Gibsons of all different sizes and conditions ( some were in good shape and some were just a trailer full of parts - plus we met many other "Gibson Guys") and many weekends bringing them to the local shows ( I started with just the one and lately I've been bringing eight Gibsons -whew) That's about all for my story of how my hobby turned into a habit that turned into a mild obsession and now it's almost full blown insanity, but it's what I love to do every day and will continue to do, because I see no end in sight. I may eventually have too many to bring to the shows and I can't just pick a some of my "favourite ones", because they're all special in some way with their own story of how they came to be here. So someday I'd like to have a building at home devoted to my Gibsons and people could come here to enjoy my Gibson experience. Thanks, Paul.
There will be many more pictures to come, many more of his extensive collection. It will be worth the wait!