| May/June 1997

2530 Lawndale Road Finksburg, Maryland 21048

I'd like to share a story with you about a partnership tractor.

For several years Dad and I have been talking about buying and restoring an old tractor. Dad got me interested in engines and tractors many years ago when I was little. He and Mom would take my brother and me to some of the gas engine shows in the area. Also, Dad being a diesel truck mechanic 'helped,' as he would let me hand him tools when he was working on the family vehicles or garden tractor.

In September 1994, Dad and I found out about a 1944 John Deere B, serial #156420, for sale. We went to look at it sitting in a pasture, pretty much complete. Dad said, 'Let's get it. We'll go halves on it.'

After a friend helped us get it home, Dad couldn't wait to get his hands on it. After draining the oil, Dad discovered several gear teeth in the bottom of the crankcase. We found that the governor and cam gears were both missing teeth. We also discovered the rotor on the magneto would move 45 degrees.

To make a long story short, after a year and quite a few bucks later, Dad and I got it back together and drove it to the Maryland Steam Society Show in Arcadia, Maryland.