I Can See Right Through That John Deere

| July/August 1992

  • John Deere Tractor

  • John Deere Tractor

Star Route 67, Box 326A Norwich, New York 13815

I saw my first 2-cylinder John Deere about 12 years ago and said to my wife, 'Where the heck is the engine?' I could see right through the darn thing!

I was born and raised in North Jersey. When I was young, my uncles farmed with a team of horses. Then I went into the army as a fighter pilot during WW II. When I came home from service, the area had become urban. No more farms! 30 years later, we purchased 50 acres in central New York state, to build a log home for our retirement.

That is when I first saw a 2-cylinder John Deere. I looked around the area and found a 1949 'A' styled. It ran, but was kind of rough looking. I have used this tractor to clear land, plow, and pull stumps. It came with a 'W45' bucket attachment, which I move dirt with, and of course I use a bush hog behind it.

I belong to Rough & Tumble and Southern Tier Antique Engine Clubs. At the meets, I see the restored John Deeres that look so nice. So, this fall I pulled mine into the garage and rebuilt it. I had to replace a few gaskets, seals, hammer out some dents, do a lot of sanding, then a paint job. I put two new tires on the rear wheels because the old tires leaked real bad.

Now, my 'A' looks and runs like a show model, but I still have to use it as I did before. Hope you enjoy the photo of my 1949 John Deere 'A' styled #636596.


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