NOTE (10-21-04): Due to a one-year change in focus, we are sorry to say that we will be providing tours generally by appointment only during the 2004-2005 academic year. In order to complete a number of facility safety and other organizational projects efficiently and without risk to visitors, our Saturday volunteer activities will focus strictly on that type of work. Feel free to call 530-754-9888 and 530-848-6446 for availability in advance of a desired visiting time. Thanks for your understanding.

-Victor Duraj
Volunteer Collection Manager


The shop and boneyard (the whole facility actually) is located in
four old airplane hangars and a fenced yard out at the UC Airport.
Take Hutchison over 113 about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Hopkins
Road and then turn left into the UC Airport. We’re quite visible
from within the Airport’s parking lot. The shop’s phone number
is 752-6177, or 754-9888 for a more immediate response. Feel free to call on a Saturday afternoon and come
out to take a look. It’s open to everyone and there’s no obligation
if you come out. Come check out this campus secret. See the
Equipment Office, Jimi’s Chicken Shack, the future Schoolhouse,
JB’s Repairs, and Ted’s Snack Shack and Club Area all encircling
the “Square”. Outside check out Roscoe’s Lube and Repair and
Ollie’s Blacksmith Shoppe.

The Quick Lowdown

The Club collects, restores, and displays vintage agricultural equipment,
focusing mostly on tractors of all kinds, of the Agricultural Machinery
Collection right here on campus. The Club has access to the
Restoration Facility which also includes a display hangar, a boneyard, a pretty
good shop, and a “town square” club area with office, snack shack, tables,
and music/lecture platform. Club members come from all majors and all skill
levels. The best way to see what this is all about is to come out and take
more info check out one of our handouts reproduced here after some contact info
is provided. For more information check out an earlier site,



Club President: Pippin Mader—-

Club Advisor/Collection Manager: Victor Duraj —-

Shop number: 752-6177

On-campus office: 754-9888


Welcome to Antique Mechanics!

We are generally about working with and around agricultural mechanical equipment, including trucks. However, people derive many different pleasures from participation in club activities.


  • Some people can immediately put their existing knowledge to work in a heavy-duty shop environment.
  • Some people learn which way a bolt or nut is turned to tighten or loosen it.
  • Some people get a kick out of simply driving a tractor or running an engine.
  • Some people like to be challenged with a mechanical problem.
  • Some people like to listen to and understand what all of those engine and gear noises mean.
  • Some people like to understand why old engines “hit-and-miss”.
  • Some people like to create promotional, historical, and related materials.

The facility and equipment are all donated to and owned by the University and managed by the Bio & Ag Engineering Department. Alumni and other donors volunteer as members of the UCD-registered Antique Mechanics Society.

Students participate as members of the registered Antique Mechanics Club, the current president of which is Pippin Mader (Mech Eng), Activities usually occur Saturdays 12-whenever but can also occur at other times, especially if you become “shop-certified”.

We receive only a little bit of funding through the Antique Mechanics Society. So, our major restoration activities are limited. However, gas, oil, other consumables, and repair parts generally get acquired as needed.

This year’s main projects include restoration of a small crawler tractor and other in-process projects. These include the Agricat (the small crawler), an Oliver 70, a Cat 20, and finishing work on the Allis Chalmers WC and International Harvester TD6.

Other projects involve minor and major repairs as needed, as funded, and as folks are interested and/or capable to complete. We can’t tell you everything in a one-page flyer. But, if you are interested in learning and having some fun, and feeling like you’ve accomplished something, and you have a couple Saturday afternoons a month, and need something “relevant” but “different” to help make your resume stand out, try to get involved.

If you have any questions, the Club President, Collection Manager, or other students would be glad to talk to you.

Again, welcome, and we hope you come out to the shop or at least back to the site.

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