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Finding grandpas D

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jd adict

03-20-2017 20:45:22




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So continueing on it was such a relief to finally see the tractor I have heard so much about growing up A tractor that almost 60 years ago my father stamped his name in because he was so upset it was leaving the farm Now for the question Would u sell it The owners son was so impressed that we dedicated ourselves to locate this family tractor and for him to witness my dad scratching the front of a tractor to find his name it truly was a miracle He was more than willing to sell the tractor and even suggested for a bit more money we could buy the one beside it for parts . The price slightly more than scrap , which I was always worried the tractor ended up being So after a several pictures taken including my father kneeling infront of the rad and the previous owner ( photo shown)
And my dad and I standing from behind it We loaded them up and hauled them home Over the spare time we will slowly get it up on good tires and rims to make it portable and in the shop My father has put the word out to his 6 other brothers that they all are getting sandpaper for Christmas to help with the restoration of the tractor they grew up on It has been rewarding to me that this task has been fulfilled and that I was part of a lifetime adventure with my father to find a family heirloom It will eventually be refurbished to new and preserved for further enjoyment and story telling for future family generations to come The final picture i include is my fathers name hi lighted with a paint marker every center punch dot he painfully stamped in almost 60 years ago It was a very emotional day when I finally laid eyes on grandpas D I guess you could say another task off the bucket list Thanks for reading

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dan nickels

03-21-2017 09:04:22




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
I love the story (an pictures). I have the first tractor my dad bought when he quit using a team of horses. (Unfortunately it was an orange thing, not John Deere). This tractor which he bought used in 1950 has been on this farm (which is now mine) for almost 70 years. Few things compare to the joy of using a tractor that is a family treasure. I am happy for you and your Dad, and hope you have many good memories working together on it.

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Tech 7

03-21-2017 07:08:56




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
Great story! Its amazing how we get connected to our past and its great to have those links. Within sight of me as I write this is the BR that my Dad farmed with....there is no money that would part me from it. At my brothers is a C Case that was Dad's second tractor.....the first tractor I ever "painted".....I was 3 or so. No Spraying, no brushing, just dip your hand in the paint and slap it on the tractor. 50 years later there are still some traces.....maybe I should have used a center punch!
Get that D to a show or two, running or not.
Also want to talk to our Dad regarding a Wagner

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jd adict

03-21-2017 10:18:42




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to Tech 7, 03-21-2017 07:08:56  
no problem, he would be glad to talk tractors, especially wagners.
send me an email



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Larry EC-OH

03-21-2017 06:47:36




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
So......
You are not going to remove the punch marks, right?
To me that's part of the whole value of this tractor. I hope it remains in the family for a long, long time.
Best wishes, Larry



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jd adict

03-21-2017 10:16:15




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to Larry EC-OH, 03-21-2017 06:47:36  
No center punch marks stay.
will have to leave off the john deere decal for the front when restoring it i think



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RudyM

03-21-2017 05:33:58




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
They're both in good condition! When I got mine from my grandfather, it was in worse shape than they are. Shouldn't take too much to get it shiny again.



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hotflashjr

03-21-2017 03:38:37




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
That's a great story and find!



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SweetFeet

03-20-2017 21:30:59




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
Excellent story and ending... and great photos!



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greenmech

03-21-2017 11:03:48




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to SweetFeet, 03-20-2017 21:30:59  
I hope you also read the first part further down? Ron Mn



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SweetFeet

03-21-2017 11:34:16




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to greenmech, 03-21-2017 11:03:48  
Ron,
I did now... EXCELLENT ADVENTURE!!!



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JD Seller

03-20-2017 21:30:06




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
Glad you found it. The adventure of finding it was a bonding moment for you and your Father!!!



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greenmech

03-20-2017 20:52:46




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 Re: Finding grandpas D in reply to jd adict, 03-20-2017 20:45:22  
Nice ending! Ron Mn



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