John Deere 'D'

Seventy-Seven Years Later, and still in its Home Territory/ a 1926 John Deere Finally gets a Second Chance


| July/August 2003


The Model D after restoration. Introduced in 1923, the Model D stayed in production until 1953, the longest production run of any tractor ever made. All told, about 160,000 Model Ds were built over its 30 year run.

The Model D after restoration. Introduced in 1923, the Model D stayed in production until 1953, the longest production run of any tractor ever made. All told, about 160,000 Model Ds were built over its 30 year run.

To the best of anyone's knowledge, John Reekie, whose family homesteaded in the Lyleton district of Manitoba, bought this tractor new in 1926. Dave Southam purchased it from John Reekie in approximately 1954 and Ron Mayes bought it from Dave Southam in 1986.

Restoration work started Oct. 1, 2002, and was completed April 1, 2003. All the work carried out in Ron Mayes' shop, and original parts were used where possible. The original engine block was bored out and sleeves installed using the original pistons, with wider rings used where necessary. Over-size wrist pins with new bushings were pressed into the original rods. The radiator is the one that came with the tractor; the radiator tank gasket was replaced on the top of the tank. New gaskets were installed throughout, almost all of them obtained from the local John Deere dealer, D.B. Murray Ltd.



We tried to keep things as original as possible, even down to using high crown bolts and bolts with square heads and nuts. The intention was to restore this tractor and make it look as close as possible to what it did when John Reekie purchased it in 1926.

Many, many people helped in the restoration of this vintage tractor, and special thanks to Darryl Miller for his help and expertise throughout the restoration process.














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