Florida Deer

| January/February 1998

  • 1937 John Deere

  • 1937 John Deere

5131 W. Spencerfield Road, Pace, Florida 32571

Born in May of 1995, or the idea was anyway. This was my second attempt at building a small tractor the first was a 1955 300 Farmall three years ago. I tried my best to build a 1937 John Deere un styled. This tractor is not one built to any exact scale, but was built just for fun, and fun I have had with it.

I'm not a machinist but have acquired a 12' lathe and have been learning what it's all about. I have been lucky enough to have found a fellow who knows his way around a lathe and has taken quite a bit of his time to show me something. Thanks, Raymond Taylor.

Many folks I have met in this old iron hobby have either had some answers that I didn't have or have dug in their pile of goodies and come up with a piece of something I needed or could use when modified.

I started out with a Wheel Horse rear end and transmission given to me by Claude Miller. The engine is an old L.B. International 1 - 2 HP. It came out of a Jaeger cement mixer. The frame is just 2' angle iron and that's the only thing that didn't come out of my scrap iron pile or somebody else's. The steering sector came out of my brother Gordon Thompson's '67 Chevy truck when he put power steering on it. The front tires are wheelbarrow tires. The rear wheels I had to build. The centers are from a Dodge, and rims are from Allis-Chalmers; that gives me 16' rear tires. The seat is a Jacobsen lawn tractor seat. The radiator is cut down from air conditioning equipment. The grill and hood are hand built, thanks to my brother Gary Thompson and his friend Glenn Ates, who rolled the sheet metal for the hood. The clutch is hand type and done with a belt and simple tightener on a pivot. Because of it being an International engine and the belt pulley running off the cam, this gave me a problem. I had to turn the power in the other direction. Well, I had a time finding two gears, but Dale Stan cliff found me two in his pile of 'good stuff.' I spent quite a bit of time building a gear box and mounting it on the side of the transmission.

Welding was not a problem, but machining bearing races and cutting key ways was all new to me. Thanks again to Mr. Taylor for showing me the way.


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