Rusty relics: Former workhorses rest, rust

Posted Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
A 1951 International bulldozer spends another day on Rose Minott's property in Brunswick, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A 1951 International bulldozer spends another day on Rose Minott's property in Brunswick, Maine.
A patriotic paint job is starting to lose its battle with rust in Warren, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A patriotic paint job is starting to lose its battle with rust in Warren, Maine.
An old Chevy sits with a broken windshield in Waite, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
An old Chevy sits with a broken windshield in Waite, Maine.
A truck made up of parts from three different makes of vehicles advertises an antique shop in Gilead, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A truck made up of parts from three different makes of vehicles advertises an antique shop in Gilead, Maine.
Nature is moving in on old gas pumps in Newry, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Nature is moving in on old gas pumps in Newry, Maine.
The rusting body of an old classic on Route 1 south of Houlton, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
The rusting body of an old classic on Route 1 south of Houlton, Maine.
An old relic sits on a field off Route 1 in Waite, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
An old relic sits on a field off Route 1 in Waite, Maine.
Weeds and wildflowers surround the same old Chevy in this photo taken in West Bethel, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Weeds and wildflowers surround the same old Chevy in this photo taken in West Bethel, Maine.
An old Chevy sits just off the road in this photo taken in West Bethel, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
An old Chevy sits just off the road in this photo taken in West Bethel, Maine.
Grass creeps up on an old Esso service station in Waite, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Grass creeps up on an old Esso service station in Waite, Maine.
This fuel pump stopped serving customers back when gas cost 36 cents per gallon, in Newry, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
This fuel pump stopped serving customers back when gas cost 36 cents per gallon, in Newry, Maine.

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.

 

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