Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:43 pm

Saved a 1950 John Deere A from the scrap yard Saturday. I know it is green but it sure did not need to go to the scrap yard.
Will post pictures when I get it home. I have to come up with a rear rim and some tires that hold air before I can get it home. Luckily it is only a mile down the road. Makes it easier when I forget tools. It has not run in almost 20 years but ran when it was parked. I was needing a winter project. :lol:
Last edited by Rodney51Cub on Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:29 pm

When it comes to saving antique tractors, brand does't matter. When they are gone they are gone. I know most here can appreciate
old iron no matter what color they come in. I have my grandfathers John Deere B and love it . I wish I had his Farmall A. I know that
when you get that A running your grin won't fit thru the the front door.


Russ

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:55 am

Pulled the new project home on friday. Put it in the shop on saturday and started draining fluids and spraying rusty bolts.
Hope to have it running by next fall.
1950 John Deere A.jpg
PO was an uncle who owned it for 40 + years. I had asked him about selling the tractor acouple of years ago but he said he was going to fix it up. I asked him again last week because he had not done anything with it and I figured he was going to scrap it. He said ok as long as he gets to drive it after I fix it. 8)
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Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:22 am

Does it have a Roll-O-Matic?

We have my grandfather's '51 B JD out back. It's in bad shape. It would probably be easier to just use it for parts to restore a better one.

I have always wanted a little JD H. They're almost as cute as a Cub....

Al

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:58 pm

Super A wrote:Does it have a Roll-O-Matic? Al


Yes it does.

Also came with a few unwanted wasp nests and dirt dobber nests. :lol:

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:32 pm

Reason I ask is years ago, they broke the pedistal on this old B we have. They couldn't find a used rollomatic for it so they put a regular tricycle (two wheel) pedistal back under it.

The A's are very cool--lots of grunt! I would hate to have to listen to one run all day, though. :wink:

Very nice find!

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:18 pm

Based on the picture it appears to be in pretty good shape. Should make a great project. Can't wait to see the pictures of the finished product. :D :D

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:04 pm

Right side 2 (2).JPG

It has been over two years since this was pulled home and here is a up dated picture. Plan A was to have it done October of 13. Barn additions, storm shelters, new house roof and work keep getting in the way of this project. Plan B is to have it done for the local tractor show in October 14, but the better half wants a deck added to the front of the house this year. I guess I am going to go to plan C.

Rodney 8)
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Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:13 pm

Well it has been 3 years since I pulled this home. It is still not close to running but at least the project is being reassembled.
After a medical episode in February, new washing machine, and central air unit repair the tractor fund took a beating. Work has been getting in the way also. This is the busiest year I have had in the mower repair business. Plus repairing mowers and tractors at home has kept the JDA collecting dust. Hope to have it done by next falls local show. Already have two tractors to work on before spring. I also need to do some minor repairs to the Cub.
Front view 3.JPG

I have either got to clone myself or stop working on other peoples tractors. I do not think either one is going to happen though. :lol:

Rodney 8)
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Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:31 pm

That is going to be a great tractor when you get it done, Rodney! I love those old John Deere's. The first tractor I remember is my Dads 1949 John Deere A. I used to ride on the finder while he plowed, disked, culitvated an plowed snow. It was the tractor I learned to drive on and was really disappointed when he sold is to get something bigger. Thanks for the update and keep us posted.....

Rick

Re: Saved one from the scrap yard.

Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:55 pm

Looking good! I am IH to the bone but it's good to see a few putter-putters. (I still would like to own a little H one day)

I totally know about "life" getting in the way of projects. Every time I think I will have a little extra mad money to devote to a tractor project, another bill pops up.....

Al