Rusty relics: Former workhorses rest, rust

Posted Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – It worked well for 59 years, but time was taking its toll during the final days of the 1951 International bulldozer’s working life in Brunswick.

“It was going at a snail’s pace,” Rose Minott recalls, thinking back to the fateful day in November 2010 when the tractor finally quit.

Minott’s nephew was working on the muddy driveway leading up to a 200-year-old house on Minott’s farm when the old workhorse lost its oil pressure for good.

“We had to pull it out of the driveway, and there it has sat,” she said. “I guess it’s going to sit there forever.”

In this age of hybrid cars with plastic trim, Minott is one of those Mainers who is content to leave an old relic at the edge of her property, giving passers-by a glimpse at the past.

In the third part of a series, photographer Robert F. Bukaty shows us some of America’s automotive history he spotted along Maine roads on recent travels from Gilead, on the border with New Hampshire, to Waite, near the border with New Brunswick.