I owned an unstyled model “B” as a teenager, so I always wanted to find one to fix up. I saw one for sale on eBay and it was located only 30 miles from my house. I purchased it and went and picked it up. It actually ran pretty well but the front tires were shot and it was on steel rear wheels. I found some rims that would fit it and some good used rear tires, and purchased a new set of tires for the front. A few other parts that needed replaced were located and all the fluids changed. I did find a pair of fenders that were optional on the old “B” and put them on. After a good scrubbing and cleanup the old tractor looked pretty good.
The one and only parade we drove it in, the left rear wheel decided to come off the axle during the parade. After a little help from some friends, we were able to get the wheel back on and finish the parade. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident. After that I sold the “B” to a man from St. Louis and it went on to a new home. Still I have fond memories of the old JD model “B”.