Comments About our "A" Restoration Project
Les Adams in Beatrice, NE
restored a 41A about 3 years ago. Did great job. At the time
I met him and saw his tractor, he was parts manager for Green Line Equipmnet
in Beatrice, CA. I got a lot of pointers from him.
Grand Terrace, CA
Phone (909) 423-0147
Thanks for sharing this project
with us who regularly visit this page. I have recently purchased a JD M
which was in almost the same condition as your A. When I brought it home
on the trailer, my wife looked at it and said, yep, its John Deere brown!
The tractor ran fine, but had lots of surface rust and a few spots where
it had rusted through on the fenders and battery box.
I started taking it apart
(fenders, hood, grill, and other parts, and painted the thing myself. I;d
never done that before, and sort of did it as a learning process to see
if I could do it. I figured I could mess it up myself, and then, if necessary,
have someone do it right.
Well, my project ended up
looking pretty good, and now is complete with new decals from Travis Jorde,
a new seat from Central tractor.
It even came with several
pieces of equipment including planter, fertilizer distributor (John Blue),
harrow, bottom plow, and cultivator. I planted a garden for the first time
in 10 years, and now have corn knee high.
I may, at some point, rebuild
the engine. Right now, though, it looks and runs fine. I am now hooked.
I've found this is a great hobby for stress relief from my job as school
superintendent down here in Cochran, GA. I look forward to your project.
Best Wishes! Buster Evans
L.C. (Buster) Evans) (4/9/97)
Hello.....my name is Blake Slutz.
We live here in Snohomish Washingtn, just northeast of Seattle about 35
miles. I read the beginning of your restoration story with major excitement
as, I too, am departing down that long road to tractor fullfillment.
Yesterday I picked up my new
(at least new to me) Massey-Ferguson TO-35 with Wagner front end loader,
I'm told in the early 60's.
I have a mobile welding business
and small fab shop, so you can bet I'm itching to get started on any metal
work that needs to be done.
At this point the only thing
that I'll do is rebuild the front bucket so that I can use the tractor
around here this summer, as it runs really well for a 30 something year
old Continental engine. Then a few months from now I'll start the make-over
Really like your home page here,
please bear with my typing as it has been many years since I learned how
in high school. You know, that typing teacher was right, you really might
use this typing thing somewhere down the road.
Good luck with everything....Will
be following your progress.
Blake Slutz, Phone 206-481-2006
Glad to see this story. I have
wonderful memories of a 1940 A my grandfather and uncle farmed with in
Tanner, Alabama. Their A was sold in the mid 60's but it looked just like
I would like to know how many
hours this restoration takes. If i found grandad's old A, I would like
to restore it someday. What does an old A cost that runs but needs restoring?
Grady Lyle Morrow (4/1/97)
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