Nick's John Deere

| March/April 1995

22251 Pillsbury Avenue Lakeville, Minnesota 55044

April 1992.

This story would not be possible if it weren't for my three friends Dale, Gordy, and Roger. Dale provided the means for me to depart with most of my future earnings. Gordy and Roger pro vided the push for me to enter into the ownership of a '41 AR John Deere, in need of some repair.

The tractor was in Dale's yard for a while before Gordy tried to get me interested in it. Seems like one of his famous comments was: 'It won't take much to get it running.' I've heard that one before!

Anyway, against my better judgment, I traded a 4 HP Associated engine for this potential prize. As you can see from the before picture, this tractor needed help! I'll bet the engine hadn't turned over in twenty years. Before I could move it, I had to rebuild the left rear rim and replace the tire.

My wife must be getting used to having rusty iron in the yard, as we didn't get an adverse reaction when it was dropped off the trailer at my place.