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Should I buy a "junker"?

Dear Meli,
     I only find a few "derelict" John Deere tractors in my area. I am fairly mechanically inclined, but not having very much knowledge about tractors or what to look for is not the way to go about buying one. What would be your biggest advice to me about purchasing an old John Deere tractor to restore?

Hi Cam,
     If you are only going to have ONE... Buy the BEST one you can afford. It will save you money in the long run. Believe it or not, you can usually buy one already restored for LESS that what it costs to restore one. If you WANT to do all the work yourself, get one in the BEST original condition possible, so as to save hunting down all of the parts that are missing or have been altered on the poorer examples. Where to get one? There were over 300,000 Models A's and over 300,000 Model B's made, so there are plenty of them around. Unfortunately they are scattered all over the US and Canada. You can find them in these ads:

Retired Ads
Antique Tractor Internet Service Ads
Antique Tractor Resource Page Ads
Yesterday's Tractors Ads

     But often the cost of getting them shipped to where YOU are tends to double their "value" (if you know what I mean).

     Oh, by the way, I live in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

Best regards,

     If you can't readily find one in your own area, it might be a good idea for YOU to advertise for one on those web sites. STILL... Buy the BEST one you can find!

     Now... That being said... If you plan on collecting more than one tractor, or you if can't find an example that doesn't need some parts, it might be a good idea to buy one or two "junk" tractors for parts. Sometimes you can get an entire "derelict tractor" for the same amount of money it would cost you for an armload of parts at a salvage yard.


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