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Restored 1939 Deere D Tractor
Here are before and after photos of a 1939 Deere D that I completely restored and am quite proud of. I got the tractor in trade for some backhoe work I did for a fellow 12 to 14 years ago but never did anything with it until recently.
  The restoration involved tearing the entire tractor apart, except for the differential gears which were in remarkably good condition. The bottom of the differential was cracked, however, and I had to turn the tractor upside down to weld the 15-in. long fissure.
  I also rebabitted the rod and main bearings, redid the exhaust and intake valves, and installed all new gaskets.
  Some other work included repairing the front axle and spindle bushings, repairing the radiator and shutters, and straightening out the fenders. I replaced the front tires with new ones and the rear tires with slightly used ones.
  Restoration took about four months last winter. I'd be willing to sell the tractor if the price was right. (Moe Oerlemans, P.O. Box 43, Bridge Lake, B.C., Canada V0K 1E0; ph 250 593-4393)

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4