Grandpa's John Deere model R....
Posted July 22, 2011 - 04:04 PM
So now we are moving to today in the time line. There is this nice John Deere R in the shed that is driving me insane! It's in the way, we could definitely use the space as we are supposedly getting another tractor soon. I have come to the conclusion to either start urging Grandpa to sell it, or fix it. I was thinking of turning it into a winter time project for us. I thinking of taking the pony engine down to the cities with me and fixing it up. All the pony needs is a new sleeve otherwise everything in that engine is brand new hardly used.
Now I've also been told the diesel was starting to burn oil. Not at a fast rate or a rate that would start hinting at needing a rebuild, but it was burning some oil. We got this tractor used at an auction back in the 60's I believe. It was well used and abused by that point and than we just used it as is until the pony gave out. My thinking is since the diesel is already at the point where it is nearing the need for a rebuild that it should get one.
My question is, where can I get parts for this? I'm not sure but to the best of my knowledge, along with anything else that john deere no longer carries parts for theses tractors.
Also, how much more goes into rebuilding a diesel than a gas engine? I'm sure my grandfather knows a fair bit on working on them as he bought the tractor and used it and fixed it when it needed it. My reason for asking this is I need my facts right or this idea wont ever become more than a forgotten idea.
I don't see us having much use for this tractor other than to get it the heck out of the shed at this point. Even more so if we get the tractor we are looking into. Does any one have any experience with these tractors to be able to tell me what they are good for other than plowing? Would it work for baling small squares, or is it too large of a tractor for that type of work? My only reason for considering fixing it is so that I have another way to prove to my grandfather that I am serious about working here on the farm and not just playing with the idea of farming.
The biggest problem with working on it currently is, we have no way to get it out of the shed unless it's running. It has to do a complete 180 to get out of it's current resting spot and we don't have anything to pull that front end around in the limited space.
I copied this from MTF where I posted it before. I figure since MTF is rather slow or non existent on the bigger stuff unless it's ford I will try here too.
Posted July 22, 2011 - 04:29 PM
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Posted July 22, 2011 - 11:45 PM
I think tomorrow, even though I think I should wait... I will go and do some very light cleaning around it and hide some of the moldy cardboard strips in the fire pit. He does not notice slow changes like I would, either that or he notices and does not think much of it considering we have a lot of raccoons running around here.
Posted July 23, 2011 - 07:38 AM
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Posted July 23, 2011 - 08:14 PM
I tried Two cylinder plus but no response from them by phone or email yet. I'm going to try Deere tomorrow as logn as we don't get any more severe weather and loose some more branches.
Posted July 23, 2011 - 09:15 PM