What about the “MT”?

  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.


                                                           1950 JD “MT”

                                      The JD “MT” at the Iowa State Fair


Remember When?

  If you were born in the 1930’s or 1940’s, you remember well the days of planting and harvest.  My father pulled the old 7 ft. JD combine with our 1952 John Deere model G.  It turned about 55 hp on the dyno and seemed to have enough power to do most anything around the farm in those days.  It pulled a mounted 3 bottom plow through the soft and the tough soil in the Kansas River bottom, as well as cultivate and disk or harrow too.  I don’t remember so much about the old John Deere pull type combine, but I do remember the day we got our new IH 101 self-propelled combine with a huge 12 ft. wheat head and two row corn picker.  What a day, and it made harvesting so much better!  Those were the days when work was hard and uncomfortable, but that’s all we knew.  Although, one good thing about those days – you could fix most anything that was broke right there in the field!


                                            Harvesting wheat in the 50’s

                                      The new IH model 101 combine in 1964