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    John Deere "M"

    Just a little 'musing' on a Monday evening: I bought a Johnny Popper about a year and a half ago. Why? I'm clueless!! It's a 1947 JD "M", and I believe it was 'born' the same week that I was! Ya see, JD started making the "M" in the 'new' Dubuque Iowa, plant on April 1st, 1947. They started production, and the first one off the line was Serial Number 10001. As a lad I found that the distinctive sound of that "Putt, Putt" was mesmorizing! I found the tractor up here in Western New York, on Craig'sList. When I saw that the serial number was 10010, Yes, the tenth one built, I couldn't resist! For a running tractor, cultivator, drawbar, etc. I think I did well at under 2K. What am I doing with it? Damned if I know? Gettin' some parts together, belt, tires, might, sand-blast and powder-coat the wheels, and weigts. Sheet metal is straight, but could use a front grille shell, that's been bondo'd a bit. When I bought it I told the guy, "Ya know, I really don't 'need' this! (Tryin my best at bargaining') As a perfect salesman, he replied....."Well, if you only bought what you really needed in life, it would be a pretty boring existance!" I fired it up tonight, just to listen to it run! Do I need "therapy", or just more parts, and paint? ~Scotty

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    That is great Scotty. We all need to indulge ourselves once and a while. That is a really neat machine and story. I see an all new hobby starting up here. We would all love to see some pics of her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    That is great Scotty. We all need to indulge ourselves once and a while. That is a really neat machine and story. I see an all new hobby starting up here. We would all love to see some pics of her.
    I'm glad that I don't have to go through the steps of JD addiction! I'll tell my wife that Dr. Randy said I'm "OK"! ~Scotty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty370 View Post
    I'm glad that I don't have to go through the steps of JD addiction! I'll tell my wife that Dr. Randy said I'm "OK"! ~Scotty

    I am good with that. I have been make the bad guy many a time. Glad to help keep peace in the family.

    Photos though, we need to see your pride and joy.
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    I just joined this site.
    My older brother in Ohio is addicted to 'old stuff', all Olivers.
    He has a Super 55 Diesel, an OC 46 Loader and 2 OC3's. 1 loader and 1 dozer.
    My boss asked me to help clean out an old storage area and guess what I found??
    1948 M.
    They used it for mowing the area and parked it about 15-20 years ago.
    I am awaiting the phone call to get it running again and I will probably be on here with more ?s than you can imagine.
    I will not try to turn it until it gets new oil and also gets soaked for a week or 2.
    I think it needs new tires.






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    Welcome to DT Dave, that is one really cool project, some guys have all the luck. We will be really disappointed if you don't keep us up to date on this one. Now, how do we get your brother to see the light?
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    Well, changing his mind ain't gonna happen.

    And I should say that he has 1 and 1/2 OC3s.

    I found this 'parts' OC3 dozer for him down south of Daytona.
    90% undercarriage..$500
    I trailered it up to Jax and it gave him a really good excuse to come south in the middle of the winter to pick it up and get away from the kids AND the grandkids.
    It sounded like a minature tank when we pulled it out of the field to load it.


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    Welcome Dave, Great looking machine you have there!
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    Jd "m"

    Nice "M" Dave! I'm getting a little further along on mine, and after looking at the wiring, I had to do something! Surfed, and surfed, and finally found a place that 'fabbed' these to spec, about 15 miles from me! Quality workmanship, braided 'loom', soldered connections, a real work of art! (About a hundred bucks.)

    http://www.wiringharnesses.com/catalog.pdf A husband & wife in a home 'cottage industry'!

    Now I'm looking for paint.

    Guess I'm going with the 'Classic' Green (Sorry-I don't have the code at my fingertips) but it's straight from JD.

    Now my questions: I'm not a fanatic! Just want a nice looking tractor. I plan on spraying it with grease remover (Gunk?) , let sit, pressure wash, and spray can the rig with the Classic Green. The wheels and weights, I'd like to have powder coated JD Yellow. I don't think the yellow varied as much as the green in color tone. Guess what I don't know is: Can I paint the block with that same 'Bomb-Can' or will the heat burn it off? Granted the exhaust manifold, and stack need special attention. Also, should I paint before or after I put the wiring harness in? Were the wires painted? Not going crazy for detail, but as the opportunity presents, I might as well get as close to OEM as I can. Thanks! ~Scotty PS Edit: Aren't they a B1tch to get up on?

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    Randy, I owed you a Pic...........Not the greatest, but I'll get some as my efforts get 'er cleaned up.......~Scotty
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