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Pile of Parts Rebuilt Into Deer B
When Glenn Wiley brought home his latest antique tractor purchase, it sure didn't look like much. Nearly all the parts had been stripped off the tractor frame by the previous owner and were covered with rust. The frame itself looked like a broken down piece of junk with no wheels on front and one wheel on back with a tire and the other bare.
But 100 hrs. of work later, Wiley had completely restored the 1938 John Deere "B" (unstyled) to like new condition. And he didn't have to buy more than 5 or 6 parts to do it. He found nearly everything he needed in that jumbled up pile of parts.
Wiley explains that he bought the tractor from a high school student who had intended to rebuild it but decided to abandon the project. Although the tractor had been in running condition before it was stripped down, it ran poorly.
Wiley already owned a number of other antique Deere's and was able to reconstruct the "B" totally from memory, with no manuals or other outside help. He sanded down every part by hand (he's since built his own sand blaster) and rebuilt any that needed it. The biggest purchase he made to complete the restoration was for rear tractor tires.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glenn E. Wiley, 6161 Norris Rd., Delton, Mich. 49046 (ph 616 623-8862).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #6