My John Deere Series E Engine

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2821 Wilmington Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Here are some pictures of my restored John Deere Series E
engine, truck and pump jack. For over 10 years I had been looking
and searching for a John Deere engine. I finally found a basket
case engine at an Old Timer’s Meeting in Xenia, Ohio. I bought
the engine from a fellow Old Timer, Rob Brill, in February
1992.

During the next four months I pursued many for sale ads in GEM.
I finally got a governor shaft from Dan Steding, a pulley from Jim
Elwood, a magneto from William Damewood, many necessary parts,
gaskets, etc. from Hit and Miss Enterprises, and a pump jack from
Jim Grimes. Finally, Rob Bill of Spring Valley, Ohio, went to work
and put the engine together and had it expertly running by June 26,
1992.

I took the engine home at this time and impatiently waited for
the John Deere Expo III in Waterloo, Iowa, to begin. I spent four
days looking at John Deere tractors, stationary engines and
equipment. I took over 200 pictures of the many displays. I tried
to talk to everyone who would talk to me, to obtain information
about John Deeres. I also decided to buy a reproduction John Deere
truck from Robert D. Campbell of Eagle Grove, Iowa. After four
enjoyable days in Iowa, I came home with my John Deere truck and
many good pictures, ideas and helpful hints on restoration.

When I got home I primered the engine and truck. I then painted
the entire outfit with John Deere Classic Green paint. I took great
pains to do a good job. I did not want to mess up a perfect
mechanical restoration job done by my friend Rob Brill. I then
mounted the engine upon the truck. Then I began to work on the pump
jack. This took me many hours, but I got it all done and working by
the Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village Tractor and Engine Show in
late August. I also took the display to the Old Timer’s Days in
Exenia, Ohio, in late September of 1992 and 1993.

I am extremely proud of my John Deere, 1938, 1 HP Series E
engine, serial number 346162, truck and pump jack. I have met some
wonderful people at the tractor and engine shows and I intend to
continue going to shows in 1994.

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