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Thought I would repost some pics of my family's Deere collection.

My 1947 Model A. Bought it from a family friend in 2000 because I wanted a cheap tractor to bush hog the pastures with. Plus I love old stuff. Then I got bit by the tractor showing bug. Tore it apart and mechanically rebuilt it and used it around the farm for about 7 years. Then, in 2009 I gave it a shiny new coat of paint and new tires. Now all it does is sit in the garage and travel the show circuit during the summer months. It is featured in the 2012 Steiner Tractor Parts Catalog at the beginning of the JD section and also on the inside of the back cover.

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My Dad & I's 1956 520 - My grandfather bought this one in the late 60's. 4 generations of my family have driven this tractor. It has been turned over once (1970's) and restored 3 times. It was our biggest tractor to farm with until about 10 years ago. It came from a farm about 15 miles away from our house. The original owner's grandson who drove it growing up got to see it at our local tractor club show when we restored it in 2008. This was the tractor I grew up driving and didn't know any other one existed. I spent many hours in this seat. This one also is in the Steiner's catalog along with the A. It stays in the garage most of the time, but does get to rake hay during the summer and attend tractor shows with the others.

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My wife's 1969 John Deere 4000 Diesel. Notice I said the wife's tractor, not mine! Her aunt and uncle purchased this one new. In the mid 80' her uncle died so my wife's Dad bought it and farmed 200 acres with it. In 2003 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and quit farming. So, we bought it from him before he died. I use it to pull a 15' batwing bush hog and bale hay with. I am slowly gathering pieces and parts so I can tear it apart and restore it soon. The wife wants to make this project a class A restoration with no shortcuts. So, it isn't going to be cheap to say the least. It is going to take me a while :D .

How it sits currently:


Last but not least of the family Deere herd is my sister and brother in law's 1964 4020 Diesel Powershift. They have been going to shows with us for the past 4-5 years and usually adopt one of our tractors to drive and show. In the fall of 2010 they decided to purchase this 4020 and have one they call their own. My Dad and brother in law brought it in, tore it apart, and gave it a cosmetic face lift along with a few mechanical fixes. It was in good running condition when they bought it, so only small items were needing attention mechanically. Now it too sits in the garage and only comes out to attend shows and parades.

When they purchased it:


After the face lift:


 

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That's a very nice looking herd. They all look great but I gotta say, I like the A the best. Of course that 520 is a fine looking Deere too. I have always loved the letter series.
 

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Beautiful! Lovedthem all and thanks for posting :D
 

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A group to be proud of for sure and from the before and after shots no doubt lots of hard work. I look forward to seeing the 4000 when you do it with the story that goes with it don't blame you for taking your time.
 

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bettyp said:
Love those Deeres .Tim you have to bring something to Caseman show .You owe me a ride in the golf cart . :) :) :) . Hope you and JamieJ get to come . Jamie j promised me a song. :) :)
Unless some emergency comes up (like last year), I will be there. I plan on bringing a tractor and the golf cart to give you a ride. I talked to a guy tonight about painting it John Deere green and yellow for me. Maybe I can have it finished before the show.

I wanna see Jamie J sing too.
 

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Well I'll be danged! For a while I had a pic of your A set as my screen saver to keep me motivated to work on my A. :lol: I found it while doing a Google images search of john deere model A's.
 

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johndeerefan said:
bettyp said:
Love those Deeres .Tim you have to bring something to Caseman show .You owe me a ride in the golf cart . :) :) :) . Hope you and JamieJ get to come . Jamie j promised me a song. :) :)
Unless some emergency comes up (like last year), I will be there. I plan on bringing a tractor and the golf cart to give you a ride. I talked to a guy tonight about painting it John Deere green and yellow for me. Maybe I can have it finished before the show.

I wanna see Jamie J sing too.
Tim ,that will make my day ride in your golf cart while Jamie J sings :eek: :eek: :D :D :) :)



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clampdaddy said:
Well I'll be danged! For a while I had a pic of your A set as my screen saver to keep me motivated to work on my A. :lol: I found it while doing a Google images search of john deere model A's.
That's funny right there :D :D :D
 

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missouri massey man said:
Superb collection of green, may I add. You do a great job whether cosmetically or mechanically and it shows. Too bad you ain't a Massey collector... :lol: :lol:
Thank you. Sorry, we don't do Massey's. We have been known to do a red one though :roll: This belonged to my great uncle before he decided to give up farming for health reasons. He bought it new, then my Dad bought it from him. It has 3500 original hours. We did a cosmetic job on it, fixed the air conditioner, and a couple of other small items. All it really needs now is 4 rear tires. It doesn't get to get out and go to the shows like the Deeres do. Just once a year. Otherwise, it pretty much sits in the garage and bails hay 4-5 times a year. The duals are white and I know that is wrong, but when my great uncle brought it home new, the first thing he did was paint the duals white because he liked the way it looked. So, it has always been that way and it will stay that way.

 

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NickatKY said:
Thanks for the pics and story.
Have you taken the 520 to the Morgantown show? If not it how about the Leitchfield show?
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I am a board of director member of the Morgantown Show. So, yes they all go to the show except the 4000. We normally take the A and 520 to Leitchfield. We didn't get to go last year due to vacation conflicts. Bruce White does a nice job with that show. Our plans are to take the A, 520, and the 4020 this year.

The A has even been to the Philpot show. We went to it in 2010.
 
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