Thursday, January 3, 2013

Antique John Deere Pedal Tractor Before and After

Growing up, my husband had a John Deere pedal tractor and trailer. He loved it. he would spray paint it a new color every week. After having our first son, he told me he wanted to get one for him. We've been on the look out for a couple of years. You can buy them new, but most the parts are plastic and just don't look as cool.

After years of searching I drove by an antique store and saw one outside. I couldn't stop then since I had both the boys with me, so I went home and told my husband. Luckily we were able to drive straight back over. He went and checked it out first. Came back to the truck and I did a little research on my smartphone (you know, the one my husband didn't want to get but has saved us money, time and helped us not get lost!) Turns out it was on from the 1950-1970's. They built one model and its die cast steel. The same kind my husband had growing up.

I ran into the store to see how much it was. These things are pricey on Ebay and other sites. Luckily it was $165 for both the tractor and trailer. It needed a little work, but nothing my husband couldn't handle. I bought it and somehow snuck it into the truck without Jakah seeing it.

Then started a few months of restoring it. We had to keep it at my parents house, so that Jakah wouldn't see it. Casey went over just about every weekend to work on it for a few hours. I ended up ordering new parts for it. It needed new tires, and we wanted a metal seat and steering wheel. Finding parts proved a little more difficult, but we finally found them. Had to order them from this lovely older man in New York. He was so nice, but I was worried he would send the wrong parts. Nope! They arrived and were exactly what we ordered.

By the way, this project was not cheap or thrifty. It ended up costing us more than buying a new one, but it was important to us to restore it correctly. Hopefully someday it can be passed onto grand kids. (yes we plan on keeping it that long. These are rare and worth a lot of money restored)

Before Pictures
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Restoring Pictures

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After Pictures

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My husband is very proud of the job he did, and I think its beautiful. (no I never thought I would call a tractor beautiful)
And the look on Jakah's face when he opened it was priceless

Now I have to find another on for Jensen, good thing I have a few years!

24 comments:

  1. Oh my heavens! That tractor is beautiful! He did a fabulous job.
    We have one of the plastic ones, not knowing anything about the old metal ones, seeing as how we weren't country folk growing up. Your's is definitely worth the cost and time.

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    1. Thank You! Just the sentimental value makes it priceless :)

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  2. Wow! It looks amazing!! What a wonderful present for your little boy.

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    1. It turned out better than I could have imagined. My husband is awesome!

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  3. You guys did such an awesome job on this! It looks brand new and it's so great that the boys will have this to remember from their childhood! :)

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    1. Casey did all the work, I just bought it :) Now if only I can find one for Jensen!

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  4. Wow!! That's amazing!! It looks fabulous & good for you for making a present that he'll have forever!!

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    1. It turned out awesome! My husband gets all the credit for this one!

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  5. Hehe, the colors are perfect like original John Deere, you have made a good work!

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    1. Thanks, its called John Deere green. We bought it at lowes

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  6. Look at the difference between the before and after photo of this antique pedal tractor. You can’t even tell that it was all worn down before. Your hubby really did a great job! When Jakah grows up, it would be nice to remind him that he once had a fantastic pedal tractor during his childhood. :)

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  7. My husband found a John Deere pedal tractor for my grandson. His birthday is in Aug. and he will be 2 years old. Time to begin restoration. Luckily, hubby has a paint and body shop background so I am excited to see it restored. Your husband did a great job.

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    1. I know your husband will do a great job!

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  8. Hi, I recently purchased one myself to restore for our child. I was wondering if you could post the steps and the process that your husband used. The wagon looks fantastic and I'm sure your son will be very happy on it for years to come. Great job!

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    1. I think all he did was sand off the old paint, primer it (with primer spray bought at Lowes)Re spray painted it with spray paint bought at Lowe's, it's actually called John Deere Green. We did have to order stickers and replacement parts from a specialty site. If you send me an e-mail I can send it to you!

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  9. Hi I am looking to sell the one I have. It is the same as the one in your photos

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    1. How much are you selling it for? And where are you since it probably has to be shipped? my e-mail is audreyneilson@live.com

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  10. you can't beat john deere pedal tractors!!

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  11. This is a beautiful John Deer Kids Farming Tractor Product and it can be the best gift for any kid on his birthday.

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  12. Hi, I was searching around the web for pedal tractors to feed my husbands "shoe"E habit when I googled onto your sight. This is so cool. My husband is also restoring old pedal tractors he is currently working on a Ford ERTL 8000. Ever since we had our son who is 10 months old we have been collecting old pedal tractors through many auctions. We have a total of 10. I would like to have a pedal tractor that resemble my tractor which is a silver king, unfortunately the ones I have found are home made or way out of our price range. Have you ever tried to make to create a pedal tractor our of scrap parts? Just wondering if you had any thoughts or ideas?

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    1. We have never made one out of scrap parts, I'm not even sure how to guide you!

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  13. My wife picked up same tractor at a garage sale for free. It is in rough shape and I am looking for a diagram to get replacement parts. Any suggestion?

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    1. Wow how lucky that you got it for free! We found all the parts from this website http://www.johnspedaltractorparts.com/, It was a really nice old guy named John that I spoke to. He was really helpful

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