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John Deere Followup

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19073 Route 52 North, Rickardsville, Iowa 52039

In the December 1999 issue, you published a picture of my 1939
Massey Harris 101 Jr. I said I was 81 years old and my next tractor
would be a 1939 B John Deere. Well, here it is. I bought this
tractor in 1995 and put it in the shed. It was not running. In the
spring of 2000, I decided it was time to get it going. When,
draining the oil, I found part of a bolt, so I decided to check it
out. Of the three bolts that hold the cam shaft to the timing gear,
only one remained. I checked the rods, and decided to replace one
of them. Replaced the fan gears. Took the head to a local tractor
repair shop for a valve job and the report was a cracked head. I
replaced and installed new rings, a different magneto, one rear
tire, and made a muffler. I did all of the work except the valve
work.

My next project is a Model T Ford. This past winter, I restored
a spring wagon, a one horse cutter and some gas engines. I enjoy
the hobby and your magazine.

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