John Deere D - 1948
I restored this 1948 D John Deere the winter of 2006-2007. I was determined to own one because as a kid in high school I worked for the neighbors and ran their model Ds all summer long. They were good tractors because they were simple to operate, and they burned kerosene and distillate real well. They weren't quit as heavy as the W-40 but they were cheaper. There were lots of them in the country. This tractor is somewhat unique because it has turning brakes on the rear wheels. Hardly any of the D John Deeres had that. When I restored it I increased the bore a quarter inch, put lower speed sprockets in the rear end, and added dual exhaust. This tractor also has an electric start which was a plus in getting the two cylinder engines started. The Ds don't pull very well in tractor pulls because they are short-coupled and don't have the best weight distribution.