With my limited knowledge of the various models, that's pretty much what I was thinking too.
I'm in contact with family that might be able to help me track the old gal down. One of my uncles had a fair bit of seat time on it. He would know which dealership it got traded at so maybe there's a paper trail or at least a Ser # to be had.
In the meantime, I'm keeping an eye on local CL and other S & S mags in my area for one, tho I won't be ready to pounce until next summer at the earliest.
I use this 420 each winter to cut 8-10 128 cubic ft. cords of wood and haul it out of the woods. And also haul it to mine and my mother's house in the fall. All original except the Kobota roll bar and a Chev alternator with 6 volt voltage regular in it. Loaded tires and some chains and nothing stops it. Also I have viewed a couple short videos on You Tube of a 420 with a front loader.
Yes I agree. Grew up with a 1955 JD 40W with FEL, trip bucket and no power steering. (Pictured) Really hard to steer with a bucket load of cow manure. My cousin is still using it for raking hay and loading round bales.
My 1957 420U does have power steering, what a joy!
Well after waking up at 3:00 this morning and driving almost 700 mikes we have a new family member. Old John decided to come live with us.
I think he’s a 41 or 42 H. Serial number is tough to read.
So far he seems to be in pretty good shape. A few little odds and ends to work out but overall...
After acquiring a trailer large enough to haul my old a around, I discovered that the rear wheel spacing was 84" but my trailer is only 82" between fenders. Great! Now I have to change the wheel spacing on a tractor that probably hasn't been changed in 70 years. How do you do this? With a...