The John Deere R was restored by Paul E. Maan of R#1, Box 485, Bean Station, TN 37708. This diesel, s/n 1554 was made between 1949 and 1954 and was one of the first diesels assembled by John Deere.
Mahan is a member of the Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor Association. Mahan showed his R tractor at the Club's show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on June 19-21, 1987.
Harry van Woert of 6499 W. Bristol Rd., Swartz Creek, MI 48473 sent this picture of his homemade tractor. It has a narrowed rear axle with wheels and tires from a J.D. planter a car transmission and an 8 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. Other parts came from a 1937 B J.D., and the rear fenders are homemade.
'Actually, the tractor trailer rig is half scale.' writes Dan Lanier of 20701 N.W. Miami Ct., Miami, FL 33169. 'It runs, though, and the owner asked me to park my L on it for effect. Unfortunately I do not know his name.' Dan thought our readers would get a laugh out of this curious photo.