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Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories

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Plenty of two cyl John Deere tractors in our neighborhood and we all got to drive each others tractors because we exchanged help during threshing and haying seasons. First one came about because neighbors old Fordson was about worn out and he needed a new tractor. Went to the First National Bank to see about a loan and was turned down. Told the John Deere dealer about it and dealer made him an offer he didn't refuse. Use old Fordson with it's Oliver 2-12 plow for a down payment and he'd bring out a brand new model AR with a brand new 2-14 trailer plow and then work out the payments to match up with farm income. It worked so well that the neighbor next to him did the same thing. This was in 1936. Then another neighbor followed. Finally, by 1949, we had 9 or 10 John Deere tractors, mostly As but a couple of Bs and one guy bought an H and only used it for cultivating. Another farmer that thought he'd get by with a team of horses finally bought an M. All in a relatively small neighborhood as most farms of that day consisted of around 100-160 acres. And mostly brought about because of bankers that didn't trust farmers and John Deere that did. All of those early John Deere tractors started on gas and then were switched over to fuel oil causing many plumes of blue smoke on early cold mornings. That was before ethylene glycol anti-freeze which meant either using alcohol or draining the radiator after each use in cold weather. Alcohol was problematic so the guy with the AR would haul out his manure every day all winter long with nothing in the radiator. I guess you could call that one "air cooled".

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