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Siamese Deere tractor
Tractor collectors all over the country would like to get their hands on this "one-of-aĦkind" Siamese Deere tractor sitting in Tom Ashcroft's farmyard near Tualatin, Ore.
"I tell people it's the first four-wheel drive tractor Deere ever made," says Ashcroft, about the unusual machine that's actually a home-built rig he created out of two old Olivers as a joke on a neighbor who collects Deere tractors.
Ashcroft took the tricycle front ends off a pair of Oliver 70's and then bolted the fronts of the frames together using existing bolt-holes. To make it look like one continuous tractor he ran an Oliver hood across the junction point, and then painted everything John Deere green, except for the wheels which are yellow. The finishing touch was a Deere decal.
"I ordered the biggest combine decal available and stuck it to the side of the tractor. I wanted it big enough so my neighbor could read it from a distance," says Ashcroft.
Neither tractor used for the Siamese rig runs since both had already been cannibalized for parts. Ashcroft parked the home-built rig so it's facing the neighbor's, and hooked up an old manure spreader behind.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Ashcroft, 6920 S.W. Elligsen Road, TuĦalatin, Ore. 97062 (ph 503 638-7258).


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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #5