Drive to the beef cattle on a 39 John Deere A

I took a nice little stroll to the beef cows that are currently on the dry farm on the 1939 John Deere Model A.  I’ve been working on the tractor most of the winter, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to warm the motor up a bit and let it stretch its legs.  It was so pretty that I decided to film it.  Since I’m just holding my camera, it’s a little bumpy.  The video shows the beautiful west hills in Freedom, Wyoming (which is actually in Idaho) on the Robert Weber farm.

 

 

Model A First Drive

I spent a little more time on the A, and decided to take her for a test drive.  She did okay, but still needs some work.  I don’t know if it is the timings or carb but the RPMs just wouldn’t go up, making it have no power.  Eventually I’ll get there…

 

John Deere Model A Part Two

After doing some research and finding out the the first tractor we had on our farm was a 1949 John Deere Model A, I decided to keep an eye online and see if I could find one.  At first I wanted to see if I could track down the original machine, but after realizing that was not going to be possible I decided to look for someone selling one of the same year.  I found this tractor, which is a pretty machine so I’m happy with it.  I know it’s not our original, but it gives me a sense of what my grandfather would have seen.  I can only imagine how it would have felt going from farming with horses to using this tractor!

 

John Deere Model A

I love old tractors, and I especially love old John Deere tractors that we used on our farm.  I was looking at some old photos that my great-aunt Nola took, which contain a John Deere Model A.  I would love to find out about what year this tractor is.  I think it’d be fun to find one and restore one, especially where my grandfather spent so much time on it.  Ideally the exact tractor would be nice, but that’s not going to happen.  So I thought I’d post the photo, and if anyone can figure out what year it is I’d sure appreciate it!  My guess is between a 1939-1941.  Click on the image for a larger version.

 

 

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Last Photo Assignment

Over the weekend I shot my last photo assignment for Art 206 (Color Photography).  It was a good semester and I learned a great deal and became a little better at photography.  As you can tell, I finished the photo journal assignment on the 29th.  The photo journal is a pretty cool idea; sometime in the future if I get ambitious I’ll pick it up again.

If you haven’t noticed by now, WordPress (the back-end to my webpage) really desaturates my photos…