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I am new to the forum and I am currently in the process of awakening my grandmothers '73 2030 John Deere tractor. Originally, it started life on a grass farm for the first ten years or so. We all know how well it was taken care of there. My dad told me that one of the workers there had changed the oil in the tractor and then began about a 15 mile trip to another grass farm. On the way there, the drain plug feel out. Needless to say, either the worker didn't see the oil pressure light come on or it didn't work and the engine locked up. The owner of the grass farm was a good friend on my dads and gave him a good deal on the tractor. My grandmother purchased it and I can remember my dad and I going over to the barn at the grass field and dragging it to our house. That was probably in the early '80's. Dad and I pulled the tractor apart and my dad rebuilt the engine. From there, it has spent the rest of it's life in the hay fields and mowing pastures I pretty much grew up riding it. All of my summers as a kid were spent cutting hay and mowing or plowing the hay fields in the off season. My grandmother passed about 20 years ago and my mom ended selling all of the cattle. My cousin lived in her house and used the tractor a few times to mow around the house until a hole rusted through the fuel tank. At that point, it became a permanent fixture in the pasture and began to slowly sink into the ground and brush growing up around it. After setting for about 5 years, I asked my mom if I could have it. She told me to have at it. One day, my dad and I went out, pulled the fuel tank, and my dad welded to holes up. We put the tank back in, added a few gallons of diesel, and battery. Gave a few shots of starting fluid and it came back to life. I drove it up on the trailer and took it to my house. I wish I would have taken some pictures before I moved it. It has since been cleaned up and painted but I never finished the project. Recently, I pulled it out of my dads shop and now I am in the process of trying to get it finished. I'll try and keep the thread updated, but a lot of the work has already been completed when I first brought it home several years ago. These are pictures of it the day I pulled it out of the brush and brought it home. Obviously before I had a digital camera. Thanks, Steven





 

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I have a 1974 2030, mine had (missing in action) a black grill medallion instead of yellow. mine also has the down exhaust. I do not see many with that option.

So I will love to watch you bring yours back to glory.

I will probably never repaint mine; I would then be too afraid of scratching it up. Unless I do that (a repaint) to sell it or retire it to life of parades and tractor shows. (I've never been one to want and sit at a show with my tractor), but never say never, it may be later life thing for me?
 

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Great story, thanks for sharing!🏼


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When I picked up the tractor, the only sheet metal left on it was the bent up hood and rusted side panels. The side screens and fenders were gone and the original seat had rusted off. All four tires were flat and rotten and it did not have a muffler, but at least it started so I still had something to work with. When I got it home, I pulled what was left off so I could clean it. I used about 4 cans of Easy Off oven cleaner and let it set over night. The next morning I got after it with a power washer. The oven cleaner worked very well in cutting the grease and a lot of the paint as well. Here are some pictures before and after I washed it. Sorry if they are bad pictures. Some are prints that I recently found and scanned. Thanks, Steven







After the Easy Off oven cleaner bath:
 

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I love the shot with the new seat setting on it. :good2: Mine might get a new seat!
 

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Here are a few pictures after I painted the tractor. I used an automotive paint rather than paint from John Deere. Now that I am working on the tractor again, I am seriously thinking about sanding it all down and repainting it using John Deere paint. I am not real happy with how the hood came out and will be repainting it for sure. These pictures are from when I painted it back in '06. Thanks, Steven



 

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Since the previous pictures were taken (2006), I haven't worked on the tractor at all. I would go over to my parents house and periodically start it up. The radiator had a big hole in it so I couldn't let it run too long. One day, I tried to crank it and it would not start. I could not hear the injection pump click when the key was turned on so I pretty much gave up on it. I knew I could not afford a new injection pump or have it rebuilt so I pretty much left it alone to collect dust and mildew. A few months ago I talked with a pump rebuild shop and the guy told me to pull the top of the pump off and replace the coil since it was an inexpensive item. I ordered as new coil and replaced it. Primed all the fuel lines and it cranked right up. I was happy and now I am back to getting it put together. I washed all the mildew off, cleaned it up, and replaced the radiator. Recently, I removed the front axle to replace all of the bushings and tie rods. They are so worn out that you cant even drive it without the front end shaking. My dad made a new pin for the bell crank and replaced it. For now, I am waiting for all of the bushings to get here. Once everything is here, I'll have to sandblast the front axle and paint it before I put it back in. Here are current pictures of how the tractor sits right now. Thanks, Steven











 

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Can you talk some about your 69 Road Runner?

The 2030 looks pretty darn good from here.
 

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The Road Runner is pretty much an original 383 / auto but unfortunately it is not numbers matching. My uncle mistakenly let the original engine go years ago before my dad acquired the car in the early 80's. As for the engine, it's a .030" over 383 with forged flattop pistons and a Comp Cams 268H cam with original iron heads and intake. It came with a factory 3.91 posi but I put in a set of 3.23's so I could drive it to car shows. It's a turd with the 3.23's but the 3.91's are not highway friendly. Here are a few pics of the Road Runner. Thanks, Steven





 

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Hard believe you let the 2030 set NINE years! Do you only restore and show?
 

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Very nice Road Runner. Tractors keep me getting out of bed every day, but the sixties and early seventies muscle cars keep my heart pumping. I drove Chevy's back then, but lately I've wondered why I never had a Mopar. I like the Road Runners, but I especially like the GTX. A friend of mine had a 1967 that he bought new with a 440. Wild car.

Thanks for posting the pictures.

I'm not the only old guy on here that lives vicariously through other people's nice cars. :laugh:
 

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Hard believe you let the 2030 set NINE years! Do you only restore and show?
I used to do a lot a local car shows and cruises with the Road Runner. That was when our kids were small and didn't have a whole lot going on. Now, our daughter is 17 and a competitive shotgun shooter and my son is 14 and a competitive swimmer. It seems like every time I am off, we are somewhere shooting or swimming. As for the tractor, I just lost interest in it when it wouldn't start. When I do finally get it back together, I'll probably hook a mower to the back of it to mow every now and then as well as make some local tractor shows. My tractor is at my parents house so the ones that you see in the pictures belong to my dad. He enjoys restoring them. It keeps him busy. Thanks, Steven
 

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At least you kept it. looks great. Mine sort of looks like a junkyard reject.
 

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Steven - The Before pictures make the tractor look really bad. I think you've done great work on it so far. I think your very lucky to be able to work with your Dad on a tractor you both have ties to.

Keep on with your restoration as you have time. And enjoy the time with your Dad.

And nice Road Runner! It doesn't have to run hard, put the top down and cruise!
 

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How in then heck did you know to ask that!? :unknown:
I saw it in his signature. I used to keep Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines in my school notebook in case I got bored in class, which was most of the time. I didn't learn a lot of school work, but I knew my cars back in the 50's and early 60's. :laugh:
 

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I was able to get the front axle sand blasted (thanks dad) and painted this past week. Hopefully I can get the knees repainted next week. I used the factory JD paint which unfortunately does not match the automotive paint that I originally used years ago. Needless to say, once I get the front end back under the tractor, I am going to pull everything back apart to the bare frame and repaint the entire tractor with factory JD paint. If I don't do it now, it will always bother me that it doesn't match. Maybe I'm a little OSD on things like this:crazy:. I forgot to take pictures of the front end while it was hanging on the lift after I painted it. I told my dad that we needed to pull the axle back out so I could take a picture of it hanging on the lift. Ya'll will have to visualize that picture in your minds because it will never be taken. The nerve of him not wanting to pull the axle back out (lol). You can see in the pictures that the paint doesn't match. It's close but not close enough. Thanks, Steven






factory JD paint (axle) doesn't match the front support::banghead:
 

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There's two shades of JD factory paint. Classic and today's lighter color, AG&C IIRC. Do you know which color you used?
 
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