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Old 10-15-2013, 11:06:00 AM
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I will be the first to say I envy the other barn finds and tree row finds that people here share with us, of which I am grateful. now I can say I too have a barn find, and a pretty rare one at that. has been in the same family since 1932 or 33. I am hoping to get more information as time progresses but find it interesting that a farmer got a tractor in the earlier to mid stages of the Depression...makes me think the previous owner lost it due to the Depression... I am sure it wont take long for many of you to see what makes this one a rare bird. the engine is loose and with the usual mag check (original yet) and fuel delivery system, I hope to get it running....also, I have no plans on painting this one, too nice of tin and too much original paint so we will settle the feathers on that one right now!!! and I already have lugs for it I bought 10 or more years ago that are correct for the early, early d john deeres. as I learn more of the history I will share it and when I pick it up can get some better pictures.... I do have one question right off the bat, should the rear platform be a metal one or wood? you will see it is gone. I am familiar with later unstyled but not the early ones.... so did anyone pick out the reason for rareness?? I give it until noon before someone picks it out... it will come with a plow that was used with it too...
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1926 nickle flywheel only year
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Very nice find!! I believe it would have had a wood platform.
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That is a sweet barn find. A "nickel flywheel D". Goes to show there are a few gems still hidden away. It keeps the dream alive for the rest of us. Some pics of the plough would be good too.
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yes m jorstad, nickel hole is correct. my first thought was hopes for a spoker because, well, I like spoked flywheels but this is a great piece with a great history and patina. this will be my favorite john deere that I have. even though it doesn't have a cab, autosteer, hydraulics, you get the picture. maybe for many of us that is why it WOULD be the favorite.
it will be a nice size to trailer around and would be able to fit this and a rumely on one trailer load.
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I must confess my ignorance.....what does nickel hole refer to?I assume the size or shape of the holes?
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Be sure to inspect that flywheel carefully for cracks.
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I must confess my ignorance.....what does nickel hole refer to?I assume the size or shape of the holes?
To answer OldThresherM, my understanding is that when they first introduced the solid flywheels they had a two very small holes (the size of a nickel). The slots and holes are what allowed the flywheel to be tightened onto the crankshaft. The small holes didn't allow for enough flex to tighten the flywheel enough therefore there was an issue with cracked flywheels. The flywheel was therefore redesigned to have much larger holes which corrected this issue.
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You must have better barns than I find. Great find.
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yes, the relief holes are smaller and did crack out, and then were exchanged with the more traditional flywheel which had about 2 inch relief holes. I think I read on an old stack thread there were only about 2000-2100 nickel hole d's made. and they were to be exchanged out for the newer ones with the larger holes.

funny thing is with this tractor is that it would have stayed put but the barn was falling down badly over the last few winters and the owner was smart enough to realize that this project he was going to work on "some day" was not going to happen. so before it was all bashed up and ruined, it was time to let go....but will be kept local to him and I, as I am only 30 miles from its original farm, they know my dad quite well, and will be invited to take it for a ride when it is ready, which I think will be the neatest part of it all.
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