Welcome to ATF Ken! Have you tried Steiner Tractor or a John Deere dealer? Deere often has parts for their older machines.
hi Ken, welcome to the forum!Hello all, Ken Cawthorne here. I love antique tractors because working on various farms in the 1960's I actually used 13 different models. At that time, none of the tractors were antiques yet, but it was a welcome relief from manual labor when I got to cultivate, combine, rake hay, plow, etc. My current tractor is a John Deere M that I'm fixing up for my family doctor's farm. Although it is not a true restoration, I am at least making sure it looks nice and operates properly.
My latest project is to replace the JD-M's rocker arm cover gasket. On cars, this part is called "valve cover gasket." John Deere M gaskets are plentiful. What I cannot find is the two seals and two retainers used attach the cover once the gasket is installed. If anybody knows where to get these parts, or what can be substituted for them, I really will appreciate your contacting me. These washer-like parts go between the 7/16" nuts that hold the cover in place over the mounting studs.
Also, I'd love to hear from someone who has experience with a Ford 8N with the Sherman transmission add-on. The Sherman adds two additional ranges to the standard one, enabling 12 possible gears.
Another tractor that would be fun to discuss is the Allis Chalmers G. This rear-engine powered ~12 hp tractor allowed a complete view of a single furrow being plowed and of a row being cultivated.