JOHN'S TRACTORS


| March/April 1997



Model V

3109 Fairfax Ct. Fremont, California 94536

This article is a sequel to the article written in Gas Engine Magazine by John Rasmussen, April 1994 entitled 'Larry's Austin.' That article resulted in a reunion of two old high school buddies.

John is a John Deere tractor collector and specializes in the restoration of unstyled Model L's. I am a collector of small Briggs and Lauson engines. While we were in high school, John and I enjoyed engines, Model T's, tractors, and oh yes, girls.

Speaking of Model T's, John and I were reminiscing about the time that I came up behind his 27 'T' with my dad's '41 Pontiac and pushed him wide open in second gear. We got going so fast the magnets came loose from the flywheel on the 'T' and some came up through the floor board. Luckily no serious injury to John's feet.

Well, anyhow, to go on with the story. John and his wife, Anne, and I arranged to meet when I went to Michigan for a family reunion in July. It was the first time we had met in forty-six years.

How great it was! While John was showing me his beautiful tractors I spied an old air cooled, Ideal, Model V, upright in his barn loft. I told him that he should restore it. He said no, he thought I should restore it. Wow, I thought! He will sell it to me. Well, John and Anne recently gifted me the engine for 'all the birthdays we've been apart.' (Tells you what kind of people they are!) Needless to say, beyond acquiring the old engine, the greatest joy of all was reestablishing our friendship.