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John Deere Model R Serial Number Older Than: 5311


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#1 oldedeeres ONLINE  

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 01:24 AM

Greetings From the Far North,

Who out there in this vast tractor world has a running model John Deere Model R Serial Number older than 5311?

Just wondering...

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:33 AM

Hey oldedeeres,welcome to the forum,from a fellow Canadian.Glad to have you with us.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:49 AM

Hello, olddeeres. Always good to see somebody from the province of my origin. Where the heck is Rivers End though? For some reason I keep thinking up around Carrot River/Nipawin area, but I'm sure that's not right.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:50 AM

Welcome to the forum! I haven't a clue what a model R looks like! But I have a 68 RER.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:40 AM

Kenny, a Model R is one of the first tractors built by John Deere, and is more well none as The Waterloo Boy.

Edited by johndeereelfman, November 02, 2012 - 05:40 AM.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:05 AM

So this is a full sized tractor?

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:21 AM

I believe he means the first diesel 2 cylinder that john deere made. it had a pony motor to start it
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:26 AM

I believe he means the first diesel 2 cylinder that john deere made. it had a pony motor to start it


That's what I thought an R was too. I thought the Waterloo Boy was a model N but there may have been 2 models of them.

Kenny, Yes it is a full size tractor.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:26 AM

I know a guy who has a restored JD. I think it's one of the first diesels with the pony motor, but I haven't talked to him in a while. I don't remember the model. It does have rubber tires, not steel wheels.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:40 AM

yeah the first diesels where on rubber. the model r was first then the 60D and 70D

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:45 AM

I'll see if I can talk to him, then. I don't remember the whole conversation, been a while, but it was a rare tractor.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 07:55 AM

Deere uses a lot of model numbers over again for other things, later tractors, etc. They did make a Model R Waterloo Boy beginning in 1914 and serial number 1026. They were produced up through 1917. The other model R was Deere's first diesel and was produced from 1949 (SN 1000) to 1954 (SN 19485). The question is, which one does he want to know about.


This is what the later model R looked like.


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Edited by David Brown, November 02, 2012 - 07:56 AM.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 08:30 AM

I just talked to my friend here. His is a 1951 R, serial 6702. It was originally sold in Kansas. Couple years later, it went to Canada for most of it's life. It was brought back to Ohio and he bought it there. I can put someone in contact with him if they desire.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thanks guys, ours is a 1950 , we think, bought it in the mid '50's. Still runs like a top, lots of years we put 1000 hours on it, farming in summer and pushing snow in the winter--- brutal work with no cab and -40 temperatures. Yes it does have a pony motor and would start regardless of temp.David's pic. is the right one. We think this is one of the finest, best balanced tractors ever made, but then, we might be just a little bit biased.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:36 PM

If you would like to talk to my friend, he would enjoy the opportunity to talk about his with you. Just send me a PM and I'll get you his phone #.
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