R. R. 3, Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada N0H 1G0
I first became interested in John Deere tractors during the mid-forties when a neighbor bought a new B on steel. The whole neighbourhood could hear the characteristic 'putt-putt-putt' every time he used his tractor.
Sometime later, my dad bought a 1946 John Deere A with rubber tires and electric start. At that time that tractor was one of the more powerful tractors in our area.
Some eighteen years ago, I began collecting two-cylinder John Deere tractors myself. At first, one could easily find them at farm auctions or used tractor lots and the price was quite reasonable. I bought the first one (1941 John Deere H) for $150.00 along with best wishes from the owner. When I buy them I try to make sure that they are in good running condition because I am not mechanically inclined. My aim is to restore them to original condition as much as possible.
Right now I have 13 machines: 830 (1959), 820 (1957), 620 (1956), 420 (1956), 80 (1956), R (1953), D (1944), A (1949), AR (1941), B (1941), GPB (1938), H (1941) and M (1951). My aim is to complete the lettered series, then acquire the rest of the two-cylinder diesels. 1 have built a special storage spot for my machines but it is already too small and will have to be expanded.
I take a variety of tractors to local fall fairs, with many of the tractors driven to the shows by young men in our neighborhood. It is an excellent way of getting them interested in the antique tractor game.
I have enclosed a couple of pictures. On one of them you can see my entire collection lined up on a hill. On the other one, you can see three tractors which seem to really fascinate spectators at our local fair.