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Main Discussion Area => Around the Campfire => Topic started by: bjrogg on July 09, 2018, 08:17:42 am

Title: Ready for a Parade
Post by: bjrogg on July 09, 2018, 08:17:42 am
I posted a picture of  this tractor with a bow awhile back. It was the first new tractor my grandpa ever bought. It arrived on the farm two months before my dad was born. We wanted to get it running for my dads 80th birthday. We got it running but it needed a lot more attention. We got it ready for the parade now and my dad smiled proudly as he putt putted down parade street. She runs like a top now. Still have a few oil leaks to fix, but their both running pretty good for 81 years old.
Bjrogg
PS kinda doubt the new tractors will still be running in another 80 years
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Pat B on July 09, 2018, 08:23:40 am
Cool! I love old tractors and y'all did a great job on the rebuild.   :OK
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: PEARL DRUMS/PEARLY/PD/DRUMS on July 09, 2018, 08:33:03 am
Great looking rig, BJ. What number is it?
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: bjrogg on July 09, 2018, 08:44:59 am
Thanks Pat. It was repainted in 1976 for our bicentennial thrashing bee. We had it running poorly then and it set ever since. We went completely through it this time and cleaned all the sludge out of lines and cases. Good thing to, the oil pump drive coupler was twisted off. Gas tank was a real mess to but we fixed it up better than new.

Pearl it's a 1937 John Deere AR with a whopping 26 hp
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Zuma on July 09, 2018, 09:58:10 am
I would be so proud do accomplish a task like that.
I was under the impression that oldies like that had a much
narrower front wheel base, I guess they had both as yours
looks very stable.
Zuma
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Pat B on July 09, 2018, 10:18:26 am
Zuma, you can probably get the tricycle front wheels for it.
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: bjrogg on July 09, 2018, 10:25:01 am
Yes Zuma like Pat said. This is wide front model. Also narrow front and orchard model available I believe. Some guys really like the narrow front because they could turn so sharp but they were also tippy
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Parnell on July 09, 2018, 02:45:00 pm
Thatís great, bet he is thrilled.
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: bjrogg on July 09, 2018, 03:43:21 pm
Yes Steve he really was and still is. Visited with him some tonight and was all he could talk about.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: chamookman on July 09, 2018, 11:14:09 pm
Way Cool !  :OK - Bob.
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: PNewton on July 10, 2018, 01:59:41 am
Looks in good shape for 81 years old. Great story.
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Pappy on July 10, 2018, 02:55:18 am
Nice tractor, love them old Deers.
 Pappy
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: ksnow on July 10, 2018, 03:26:10 am
Very cool tractor.

We had a parade of pre 1960 tractors come through town over the weekend, almost 50 of them all chuggin along. Neat stuff.

Kyle
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: bjrogg on July 10, 2018, 04:28:03 am
Thanks Bob
Thanks Paul, I remember this tractor sitting in the corner of our machine shed when I was a youngster. When I was very young I'd sit on it's steel seat and pretend I was driving it. As I got older more "stuff" got piled around and on top of it until we couldn't even sit on it anymore. The 1976 bicentennial probably saved it. We decided to rescue the old gal. Maybe if the next couple generations give her a little TLC she'll last at least another 81 years.
Thanks Pappy, I love all The Deere young and old. Although I gotta admit all these sensors on the new ones can get real frustrating at times. Often wondered what Mr. Deere would think of his company and what it's done to feed the world. Sure come a long way since his first plow.
Thanks Kyle. I remember my dad telling me that before I could walk I could make the perfect sound of a two cylinder engine.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Zuma on July 10, 2018, 09:18:22 am
There is certainly something about that sound , POW---,pow,pow,pow )P( )P(
 I had an old Super C International I used to skid logs. My son was about
six months old when he became a wild child for that sound. It would remind
me of a spring time Ruffed Grouse. My boy also hung tight to the vacuum
cleaner while his mom did the floors. Never met a woman attracted to that sound.
Zuma
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Stoker on July 10, 2018, 12:40:07 pm
Very cool, you brought the ole girl back to it's glory. A lot of work but worth it.  :OK
Thanks Leroy
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: BowEd on July 10, 2018, 05:44:30 pm
That's a pretty nice keep sake BJ.I'm sure it brings back good memories.1937 is an oldie.Not insinuating that it's for sale as it's a keep sake but I just saw an auction of old tractors on TV.The RFD station.Some went for 30,000 dollars.Funny but the half scale sized tractors went for the most.
I still have my fathers tractor.Restored it some internally.A 1966 wide front end 1850 oliver diesel.A whopping 100 horse power.I put a loader[7' wide bucket] on it and use it as an acerage tractor moving snow and hauling firewood as it's main functions nowadays.It used to be the main working tractor on the farm for every thing doing all the field work back then as I'm sure your John Deere was too back in the day.I used an M & an H Farmall also a lot back then.
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Hawkdancer on July 10, 2018, 09:21:08 pm
If I remember correctly, you could count the strokes those old 2 bangers made, at least at idle speed!  A very distinctive sound.  My cousin collected several and restored  vintage tractors, including the John Deeres.  I think he still has them, and he's about 84 or 85!  Neat job on the old girl!
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Pappy on July 11, 2018, 02:21:15 am
Ya I hear ya BJ, I have a 1968 30/20 that we bought new and also a 65 140 IH, they are simple to work on and just keep on running. I have a newer 2013 50/75 and although I like it a lot , I still like the older one much better. The 20/30 is in really good shape and has been taken care of and under roof all it's life. I have folks want to buy it all the time. I just tell them it ant for sale. ;) :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Badger on July 11, 2018, 03:06:13 am
My inlaws have had an old tractor just sitting since before I joined the family in 1970, I would love to over haul that thing if it hasn't rusted out too bad. It has looked like a brush pile for the past 40 something years as they just cut around it.
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: bjrogg on July 11, 2018, 08:37:26 am
Zuma, I certainly liked the tractors. Really don't remember the vacuum cleaner much.

Ed, I have no idea what it's worth dollars wise. I heard a few of the collectors around here saying that the old tractors really went down. The men that used them are thinning in numbers. Many of the next generation have no interest. I heard the 10 and 20 series are drawing more attention. Still more of those fellas around and those tractors can still be very handy, especially if you have a loader for them.

Jerry, yes very distinctive sound all it's own.

Pappy, the first tractor I ever bought was a used 1968 John Deere 4020 with a year round cab. The cab got taken off right away. Those things were torture to be in. My brother and I bought it together in 1984 and paid the fella we got it from more than he paid for it brand new. Pretty sure it's worth more than we paid for it now but a dollar isn't worth near what it was then.

Badger, do you know what model it is?  John Deere is still pretty good for getting parts. Might or might not be worth fixing. Maybe you can at least get it parked in a good hunting spot. Use it for a brush blind.
Bjrogg





Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: upstatenybowyer on July 11, 2018, 03:39:32 pm
That's awesome Brian. We had a Deer growing up. My dad said he'd never buy anything else. Happy B-day to Grandpa!
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: GlisGlis on July 12, 2018, 12:43:43 am
Bj I know nothing about tractors but this one is a joy for the eyes
it's even better knowing it makes your father/family so happy  :OK
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Pappy on July 12, 2018, 03:12:56 am
We had a 40/20 also BJ, it was a hose in it's day. Wished I had one now. :) I still see them in sales Magazines but man they are high. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Ready for a Parade
Post by: Trapper Rob on July 12, 2018, 04:57:28 pm
Looks good BJ. We have a JD 630 that was my grandfathers first tractor I racked a lot of hay & cleaned a lot of barns with that tractor.