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I found an old John Deere Picture at the Flea Market


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Old 06-25-2018, 11:57:38 AM
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Photo is dated September 68. Looks to be in good shape even as new as 68. Maybe it was a staged photo, no weeds growing up through it.
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Tractor is a 1926 - 1930 John Deere D
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I was a young teen in 68. There were several old Ds still working in areas of southern IL. Tried to buy a few but the owners were not letting then go yet. One local farmer had 3 yet in 70, I got the last one at his sale in 71. Another neighbor had the first D sold in this part of the state, a 24, he also had a 30 that both still were used occasionally on the sawmill. Both are still in the area today.

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Those last 2 are both within 5 miles of here, the 24 is still in the original family. They sold the other to another neighbor and it's in his barn. I wanted to buy it and he was willing but never got back to me on how much he has tied up in it, need to try and pursue that this summer as the original owner was a dear friend for years till he passed.
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Default Re: I found an old John Deere picture at the flea market

It might just be me, but to me either the fenders look raised or the rear wheels are small.
Similar to fwurths' story, when I went to buy my first tractor around 1982 I had a choice between a D on steel, stuck and parked on a sand hill for 2100 or a 22-36 IH on rubber, stuck for 250 from my uncle. Got the 22-36 unstuck, steel wheels and side curtains, paint and decals, still cost me less than the D. Some years later the family that owned the D hit me up about restoring it for them. Meanwhile I found one just like it for 950 years later.
I grew up with IH equipment, but this was also one of the reasons I had so many McCormick- Deering antiques, because I could afford them.
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Photo is dated September 68. Looks to be in good shape even as new as 68.
It was only about 40 years old then. Look at how many N series Ford tractors that are still being used today over 70 years old.

It is a cool picture, looks like it was left right where it ran out of gas. To bad people don't write some information on the back of pictures.
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Our Farmall M's are 65 plus years old and the 1206 and 806 are over 50 now. They all see regular use as chore tractors in season. Most of small family farming operations can't afford to keep trading up for new tractors every few years, so we just keep using what we have. Todays mega farming operations seem to have forgot that the main object of running a farm is to make a profit and a living, can't do that chasing the latest greatest new paint!
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