The Life of a G. P.

| September/October 1986

  • 1931 John Deere

  • 1931 John Deere

R.D. 1, Box 332 Winfield, PA 17889

I purchased my 1931 John Deere G. P. Standard in 1961 from an Amishman who is my neighbor.

He had stripped everything off all that was left was the engine. He had it mounted on an engine truck. He used it for threshing and grinding feed until the rod came loose and the crank shaft hit it and bent it. This did not break the engine housing. The engine still ran on one cylinder. He junked it.

I bought it for junk price. This included the engine, fenders, axles, steering wheel and column, and the front wheels. I purchased the original hind wheels from another person.

The Amish man helped me reassemble it. I brought it home and took the engine apart. I got another piston and connecting rod, but it didn't fit. I looked and looked for a 6 inch piston and a shorter rod for a 30 series John Deere tractor. I gave up looking and decided to junk it. When I went to the junk dealer to see if he would buy it, he told me he had an old John Deere sitting in his woods and that maybe it had the parts I wanted. I went and checked and it was just what I needed.

I brought the piston and rod home, put it in and did a few minor repairs to the engine. I turned the flywheel a few times and it started and has been running ever since. Later I steamed off the old paint and dirt and repainted it.