20 Years Ago

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Reminiscing Gas Engine Magazine

The January 1986 cover of GEM did little to forecast the trouble in the coming year. No, the serene picture of a John Deere tractor under a partly cloudy sky could not have predicted what would be the worst drought to ever hit the Midwest.

Such is life. You never know what is just around the corner. At any rate, GEM featured many articles on John Deere restorations in this issue. The cover story on page 9 showcased a John Deere GP wide tread. Author Gene Gregory did not have his hopes up for finding this tractor, seeing as how there were only 444 ever built with over-the-top steering. After just 10 months of work and driving 300 miles to get it, Gregory turned the tractor, in fair to poor condition, into a beautiful, original-looking machine.

Another article on page 12 featured a John Deere Model BR, circa 1944, serial no. 333353. There were only 1,063 that year.

Still another article was about a John Deere Model B on page 21. The tractor was a 1935 short frame that had been painted over without cleaning. It was in bad shape. Brad Hauck, the owner, restored it after a great deal of work and even traded the tires in for steel wheels.

Perhaps the funniest story in this issue was called "Marlene's Lindemann" on page 18. It was about a man and his wife who had gone to a show where they saw the Lindemann crawler. Wayne Schnell, the author and husband, seemed infatuated with the machine and surprised his wife with the Lindemann as a gift for their 30th wedding anniversary. She said she wanted a microwave. He said that was trivial. In the end she was thrilled and "speechless" with the gift. Schnell ended his piece this way: "On our 31st wedding anniversary, coming up next year, I think I will get her another gift. It will be something trivial. Maybe a microwave would be nice."

Oh, the differences between men and women are timeless. See you next month for more reminiscing and more fun.