1947 John Deere M

Another older restoration, as I am trying to get more of our restorations up for viewing

Here is a 1947 John Deere M SN 10312, which would make it the 311th to roll off the assembly line of the brand new Dubuque Factory in Iowa that was restored by Kuhn’s Equipment Repair, Oxford, New York in 2011.

This little tractor was developed by John Deere to replace the H, L and LA and it was also the first tractor to have as standard features the Touch-O-Matic hydraulics system, PTO and electric start.

In addition to the painting and restoration we rebuilt the starter, carburetor, repaired leaks on the water manifold, Touch-o-Matic lever and rockshaft. We replaced the final drive bearings and seals and front crankshaft seals. The front axle pivot pin and bushing were also replaced.

The customer had brought the original hood and an aftermarket hood he had purchased. Even though the original hood was in rough shape, we did decide that was the hood we were going to use.

Bob started with making a template from a straight hood and transferred the design onto a piece of steel. The grill and hood were clamped into the steel jig and pressed to the correct form.

Once the body work was complete, it was sprayed with our custom green primer, sanded and then painted with 2 part John Deere Classic Green Paint and a finish coat of clear.