The John Deere model “M” Tricycle (narrow) front is an interesting tractor. I found one for sale up in the Waterloo, Iowa area so decided to go take a look. It was running with a little smoke, and really only needed to be cleaned up and a new set of front tires. I bought it and brought it home. There were a few unoriginal parts that were an easy fix, and a big job of cleanup after years of oil and dirt accumulation. I did not need to open the engine since it was running OK, and that was a big help. I did strip it down and get all the dirt and rust off, and then a good coat of primer. Also did not need too much tin work, since everything was pretty straight. The tool box on the side was from a Fordson, so it had to come off! After a good cleanup, she was ready for a new paint job. She also needed new seat cushions and a new steering wheel. The muffler was replaced and a few other minor parts. The fluids were changed and she was almost as good as new. I did put an electronic ignition in and she always started right up. Also I found a 2 bottom plow for this tractor that had already been restored. After showing her off for a couple of summers and an appearance at the Iowa State Fair, I sold the “MT” to a man from southern California. Now the little “MT” is warm the whole year long.
JD “MT” farm fresh
1950 JD “MT” at Iowa State Fair 2009