Harold and Dixie
Harold Sindt learned to drive a Ferguson tractor on the farm. He learned about mechanics watching his grandfather. As a teenager he chopped the body off a ’38 Ford and chased around the pastures. He earned his private pilot’s license during his senior year of High School. When the final bell rang he took Dixie for a flight landing on the Harlan Co. Dam runway. His ground transportation was a yellow and black Road Runner.
In 1972 Harold and Dixie (Steen) were married and to this union a son and 2 daughters were born. They continue to farm. Harold also was a deputy for Franklin County for 20 years. In 1979 they bought half interest in a Skylane airplane and joined the International Flying Farmers. As the children grew they upgraded to a Piper Seneca and continue to fly to many places around the country. Both Harold and Dixie have served in chapter offices and Dixie was the IFF Duchess in 1991-92.
Harold and Dixie’s 1934 Ford Sedan with 502 Chevy fuel injected engine was built in 1999 at Ron’s Restoration in Glade, Kansas. They took it to Scottsdale, Arizona for its first road trip to the Good Guys Show. It has been in many shows in Nebraska and Kansas as well as winning “Best Nebraska” at the Omaha World of Wheels and at the Pikes Peak Raceway for a Good Guys Show and the National Street Rod Show in Pueblo, Colorado. The Ford won People’s Choice at Tri City Street Rod Show in G.I. just before joining the club.
In 2003 while flying to North Carolina for the Wright Brothers recreation of Flight at Devil’s Hill the Sindt’s stopped by the Holley Mountain Airpark in Arkansas. They soon bought property there and built a hanger with living quarters where they spend time off the farm. Harold has added another plane, a 1940 Boeing Stearman bi wing.
Once in a while they drive the 1929 Model A Ford which Dixie’s Dad bought in the 50’s for an irrigation car and later drove in local parades. Harold also plans to resto-rod his Buicks, ’33 series and ’34 series 91.