This will be a long drawn out thread....
I have my Grandpa's 1954 John Deere model 60. He bought it used around 30 -35 years ago. It was one of many many tractors he has, but this one wasn't modified or just so plain worn out. He likes to buy tractors that are headed to the scrapper, pay scrap prices for them, and tinker and play with them until they just won't go any more. For example he bought an old D6 Cat dozer. One with a cable/winch setup for the dozer blade. He milked it along and ran it for years. Finally the pony motor wouldn't run and it couldn't be repaired. So he pulled the big diesel motor out and dropped in a Ford 300 I6 with 4 speed manual trans to drive the dozer trans. Worked good, but slower and less power. That 300 would lock up every spring for some reason. He'd get it freed up and continue to use the dozer. Well one spring he got tired of that and pulled the Ford motor out. He had a cheap Chinese 11 HP Honda clone motor. He said that'd work. He had it going but had problems starting it. You see the starter button was on the operators station along with the throttle. But the choke was manual on the engine. He'd set the choke, climb around to the operator's station, start the motor, climb around back to the engine, by then it chocked out and died... That was the issue he was dealing with when I went to go get the 60. This little Chinese motor was driving a centrifugal clutch to a chain drive input to the Ford trans to the dozer trans. Lots of gear reduction... Very very slow. But workable! He loved it. Though it was great to push dirt with an 11 HP dozer.
Back to the 60...
So Grandpa was pushing cars with this tractor, backwards. That's right. Backwards. He pushing along until it started to climb up unto the hood. This is very bad on a tricycle gear tractor. It can tip over and kill you. Knowing this he shoved in the clutch and shifted into 2nd. Just as the tractor slammed back unto the ground there was a loud bang and it quit. There it was, jammed into two gears at once. He though it was R and 2nd. Nonetheless it wasn't moving on it's own. He used the Ford powered dozer to push the 60 into the weeds. He couldn't get it out of gear so he called a mechanic out to possibly repair the tractor. The guy removed the shift tower, pulled the drain plug, shoved a pry-bar into the shifter forks and proceeded to break off two forks... Well he told Grandpa it wasn't worth fixing. So there it sat for almost 15 years.
That's how I came to see the tractor, just like you see in those pics. All 4 tires flat, back two with gaping holes in them. Shifter tower was laying in the weeds. There was a piece of tile covering the trans opening, but it wasn't sealed. Remember the trans was also drained of all fluids.
I struggled for three days trying to get the trans to free up. Grandpa wanted to start it up. He was sure all it needed was a battery. But with the trans locked up and the clutch partially frozen, there was no sense in trying to start it up. I tried moving the tractor with my truck. After 4 hours or so struggling with only dragging it a few inches at a time, I abandoned that plan. I ended up getting a loader from an outfit not too far away and lifted it unto my trailer. Well at least now It's going home with me.
Of all the tractors he had out there, this is the one I wanted. It was mostly there, wasn't "modified", and looked relatively easy to get going again. He told me that was his favorite tractor for many years. Said it was dependable, ran good, and had plenty of power.
So let's call the 60, "Grandpa John."