When I seen the post that says John Deere 70 & Grandad I hafta reply..
When I was about 20 years old & had a friend/ neighbor who was trucker, He called me one morning after chores, he was in Indiana & found a John Deere 70 Gas sitting in a little pasture beside a coop. Had 1/2 dozen turkeys roosted on it, he could buy it for 600.00.. I said buy it, I"ll go 1/2 with ya. He got it loaded, but said I would hafta meet him of I 80 to haul it the rest of the way home because he had a Wide load & wasn"t aloud to leave I80. OK.. Met him at a place & he wasn"t happy, got a fine for having this tractor on his Load that wasn"t part of the heavy haul.. When I seen the 70 wheel out as far as they would go & I"m thinking how is that going to haul on our 3 axle trailer that"s 2" under 8 feet wide with Low tires on the tractor & I have 50 miles to drive at night with a expired plates on the trailer. But we got it loaded with 4" of tire hanging out both sides. Then chained it down & aired the tires up from the trucks air brakes. I made it home, without trouble but had a couple cops look at me kinda funny but let us go..
Well after clean"n the turkey poop off, 2 new pistons, valve job boring the block 90 over. & repairing, rebuilding anything it needed. Started right off like a new tractor. Put 5 gallons of gas in it & went 3 miles up the road to bring home a load of hay. Ran GREAT! Got the hay off the wagon & went to park the wagon & it quit. Looked in the gas tank & was Dry? I thought well maybe that gas can wasn"t as full... I used it some, & GRANDAD thought I lost my mind cause he thought we didn"t need a bigger tractor. Come spring time he ( Grandad ) said I think I might try to plow with the 70, Finally I thought he was getting around to my thinking. Hooked the 3 bottoms on the tractor & he went to plowing. At noon he came back & said the tractor runs great, he always had plowed with a cyclone A & at noon you had to be home or you"d run out of gas. The 70 Tank was much bigger, he had it full when he left. After lunch he filled the tractor again with the hand pump, said he had to rest pumping, I think I put 20 gallons in it? After spring planting he said I had to figure out a way to make run on water, cause he couldn"t afford to use it everyday. I asked what about Milk? He said If I could make run on Milk, the Milk truck wouldn"t hafta stop anymore & we would have a darn Dime coming in..
But it ran GREAT, Sold to guy up in New England who wanted it for a Puller! I said man I have a tractor for you!
Sorry Long winded..