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It was the fall of '59 when my neighbor took delivery of a brand new John Deere model 430. Winter wheat planting time in Kansas and his ground needed peg tooth harrowed just before planting. He ask me to drive the little tractor while he started drilling wheat. I remember it like yesterday, full throddle, looking down at the tires churning in the soft soil. (something you now miss with cabs on tractors) I was doing a 'mans' job out there and I was 9 years old. In the summer of 1970 the neighbor retired and quit farming. Dad purchsed the little JD we had nicknamed 'The Bug' on his farm auction for 310.00! We used it to pull hay wagons, run grain augers and even pumped some irrigation water with the 'Bug'. Two years ago we decided to either sell it or restore it. I voted to restore the little JD and we started in on the work. It needed a new seat, new steering wheel, we split it and put in a clutch, throw out bearing and pilot bearing. It had a noise in the bell housing and learned it was the pilot bearing and shaft. Our shop has the equipment to weld up the shaft and turn it back to size on the metal lathe. A sand blasting to bare metal and a new paint job with new decals. Even new front rims and tires. Spent nearly 2,000 on the little gem. Looks as good as it did that fall day in '59.

Mike Becker, KS, entered 2005-10-20
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