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1931 GP John Deere Restoration


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Here's some pics of our GP that we finished August 2012. We bought the tractor in the late 80's. It ran good but we knew it needed a complete restoration. We thought it would be an easy one. The first pictures are before we started August of 2011.
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Here's some more pics of disassembly and sandblasting.
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We ran into more problems then we expected. We had to replace most of the bearings, new rings, guides, springs, one new valve, clutch and brake linings, radiator core, one of the transmission shafts, clutch driver, sheet metal, seals, carb and mag rebuilt. The seats and bore were really good but then we found we had a cracked block so when we had to have it welded the block had to be sleeved and new seats installed. Here's some more pictures.
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Finally ready to paint.
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Default Re: 1931 GP John Deere Restoration

Here are the wheels after powder coating, then we bolted on tires. the third picture is installing the new radiator core.
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Default Re: 1931 GP John Deere Restoration

is that a forward pointing PTO on the left side? for a mower? Never remember seeing that before. Nice work.
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Our goal was to have the tractor ready for the Old Trusty Show in Clay Center, Ne because they were featuring JD. We got done with 2 days to spare. Our easy restoration wasn't we had a lot of unexpected problems come up. Hope everyone enjoyed the pics.
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Looks good. im working on a 1936 ar
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Just curious, did you have the wheels re-rimed back to steel, or just find some original steel?

Very nice looking tractor!
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We found the rears at Waukee Ia one front at an auction in Ne and one front on the Internet in Ca.
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