Antique John Deere Tractor: JD Model R
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Everything about John Deere Model R tractor was massive, and it was their most powerful tractor at the time. It was also very fuel-efficient. This was the first diesel tractor produced by JD.
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Joe wrote on Monday, August 12, 2013 (PDT):We just purchased a 1950 R. The emblem on the front is missing it has the round one Any suggestions for a good place to find one
Rocket wrote on Monday, June 24, 2013 (PDT):Grew up on one I m 60 and remember when I had to stand to operate it
Tom wrote on Tuesday, April 09, 2013 (PDT):I have a nice original R I will sell for 5800.00 runs well great restore or run the way it is.989-550-8228 straight tractor
rod via wrote on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 (PDT):im lookin for John Deere R fender extensions. mine had them at one time and i would like to put them back on her. please call 540-810-4569
Shannon Clark wrote on Friday, January 07, 2011 (PST):We recently inhereted an R that s in good shape, and runs we need to get the pony engine checked out and replace the screen on the grill, the tires are good. We are looking to sell it, still checking into prices. If interested call 307-286-9486 Southeastern Wyoming
roy w sauder wrote on Friday, May 14, 2010 (PDT):It sure ain t john deere if it has a front crank start that I know of. I have a off frame restored jd model R in mint condition that I would condsider selling or trading 308-262-0179.
dfc wrote on Monday, December 07, 2009 (PST):Did John Deere ever make a large size tractor like the model R with a front crank start
Terry Stefancik wrote on Thursday, November 05, 2009 (PST):I bought my dad s 1953 R in 1996. I recently hauled it to Elnora, IN 2009 and participated in the fun pull. Had the wheels up and the motor blowing smoke.
oliver wright wrote on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 (PDT):what is the top speed of them
JEFF MEYER wrote on Monday, August 31, 2009 (PDT):I AM LOOKING FOR AN OLD R JOHN DEERE OR 820 TO FIX UP. I LIVE IN OKLAHOMA.580-370-6004
Dave of Taunton MA wrote on Thursday, April 30, 2009 (PDT):Does any one have a R they want to sell that is near by
John H wrote on Thursday, February 26, 2009 (PST):If you still have the gaskets please email me at jd2mn at charter.net Thanks
Mike Sobkow wrote on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 (PST):I inherited a 1949 Model R Diesel JD from my father. I don t have the tractor anymore but, I still have head gaskets new one for the main engine ans two for the pony engine. I d be glad to sell them for 50.00.
Mike Sobkow wrote on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 (PST):I inherited a 1949 Model R Diesel JD from my father. I don t have the tractor anymore but, I still have head gaskets new one for the main engine ans two for the pony engine. I d be glad to sell them for 50.00.
dennis krumvieda wrote on Thursday, May 29, 2008 (PDT):was wondering if anyone has a set of rear hubs cut down fro a r i want to lighten it up for tractor pulls and make it easier to haul,my phone number is 605 691 9252
Tom Ryan wrote on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 (PST):FOR SALE; John Deere Model 1949 R, fully restored – sandblasting, painting, rewiring, engine rebuild, new tires all around, new seat, radiator flushed and cleaned out, full decal kit, new PTO pressure plates, new clutch plates, new battery and battery cables ... and much more. This tractor is in mint condition and must be seen to be appreciated. Call Tom Ryan 519-393-6985 South Western Ontario, Canada or email; thomas.ryan at quadro.net for further information.
S.J. Kinser wrote on Friday, August 24, 2007 (PDT):i have a 1952 john deere R new paint, new seat, new tires around ,cabbed with new glass runs great priced at 7,000 and have two 20.8 x 34 inch firestone 23 degree 1/3 tread left great for pulling tractors 300 hundred each my number is 276-988-3827
Jamie Dowell wrote on Thursday, November 09, 2006 (PST):A John Deere R was the 1st tractor my dad ever bought. Man what a work horse. I really miss that old tractor
howard williams wrote on Monday, September 25, 2006 (PDT):I am presently restoing a 1952 Model R. Have all the mechanical work done and painted. Now for the sheet metal. My fenders are a real mess. Have the left one ready for paint. Both had rust holes to be repaired. The tractor ran good when I bought it. The sprag shaft in the pony motor was cracked. Had to replace it, otherwise it was ok. Looking forward to showing it this comming spring in the N.C. area.
Bob McLellan wrote on Monday, August 28, 2006 (PDT):I have just recently aquired a Model R from a friend who didn't want it anymore. It sat in a field for 5 years and the starting motor won't run. I towed it home and on the way I put it in gear and after a few feet the diesel fired up and ran very well. This will be my restoration project for the next couple of years.
Howard Williams wrote on Thursday, July 20, 2006 (PDT):I have a 1952 "R". I am restoring it now and need detailed pictures of the engine area. Are all the bolts painted? Where does the wiring run on the tractor? Good photos would be great.
Zach Wisen wrote on Saturday, April 29, 2006 (PDT):I have always wanted one since I first saw one. Here is a great site about them.There a movie of it pulling also. www.twocylinderdiesel.com/The_R/index.html
Jeff Alexander wrote on Sunday, January 01, 2006 (PST):My Grandfather bought an R in the early 70's to go along with an "A" model. He and my father taught me how to drive it a the age of 10. Many coffee cans sat atop the exaust pipe over the years, loved to see the can pop off when those cylinders kicked in! Anyway Pop passed away when I was 11 and Dad inherited it. That R stayed on the farm until 1989-90 when Dad sold out of farming, and sold it to another local farmer who restored it and keeps it a barn (no need for the coffee can). I have visited the old R and was lucky enough to get to start it! Still a thril to hear those 2 cylinders pop!
Roy L. Vincent wrote on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 (PDT):I am from the Rice country of southwest Louisiana. As a kid I use to ride one of these R's during the Thanksgiving week off from school pulling a 4 bottom 14" plow. By the time I was 12 I was driving the old R and my dad was driving a new 820 model. Long story short I spent many hours on one of these good old work horses. Down in the country where I am from you just don't see these anymore. However , I am seriously considering trying to purchase one of these old tractors and try my hand at restoring one and using it on my farm up in North East Texas around the Mt Pleasant Texas area. If anyone has one of these tractors I am interested in locating and buying one, please contact me at my email address I have provided. Thanks for your time reading this note.
nelson maxwell wrote on Friday, September 30, 2005 (PDT):i'm intrested in this tractor, i grew up in cederville. my grandpa owns 38 john deere's. i own a john deere "B". im looking for another thanks
Paul Harshberger wrote on Saturday, July 09, 2005 (PDT):Have an R. Use it often for fun/work. pull sheep's foot packer, spring tooth harrow, anything. Cant hardly stall them, super puller,loads of fun & noise. Would love to find one with good sheet metal, mostly the nose , bad motor/trans for parts. Would like to give mine a complete paint job and a place of honor in the shed!!!!
Jerald Thiessen wrote on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 (PDT):My dad had 2 John Deere Model R's and in spring and fall when we had a lot of work to do , he would take the front axle off the one tractor. He would then attach a frame that attached to the back of that tractor as well as the front where the axle had been and it carried forward to be hitched to the rear end of the front tractor(other Model r). He ran extensions to the clutch trottle and hydraulic levels that you could reach back and use from the front tractor. You would then drive both tractors and could pull 24 feet of rod weeder, 24 feet of press drills and packers with one pass. The tricky part was to never go where you needed to back the unit up and to always slow down the trottle on the back tractor or you would jack knife going around a corner. I remember standing up and driving this unit as a 13 year boy. Several years later Dad Bought 5020 and it could not pull the same equipment so we only had it for a couple of days and Dad got his R's back. Spent many lomg hours on those old John Deeres.
Luís Borges wrote on Thursday, May 05, 2005 (PDT):I have two JD Model R. My father bought one as new and the other in second hand.I was a boy and I grow up always with them in my farm. Today I am 45 years old and I still have both. If necessary, they can work! They are the best of JD!
Jamie Bishop wrote on Saturday, March 26, 2005 (PST):To all of you wanting and wishing for one of the biggest Deeres.Dont give up.I have been collecting for about five years.And always wanted one as of yesterday I am a proud owner of a John Deere R. The old tractor had been sating for about 6 years. When I went to look at it. I was sure that it would be stuck. But with a little tinkering the pony came to life then the big motor puffed a little smoke then it started.It sure was a prould moment. Then the hand shake and the deal was made.P.S Dont give up
Orest d wrote on Monday, December 20, 2004 (PST):I still have one R redone the diesel motor put thepup motor leaks oil so going to rebuld it hopeing to be able to bet parts from dealer may sell in futer
Pat Loughlin wrote on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 (PST):I'm working on a model R that was on the cover of fast line magizine in april 98. I'm looking for pistons and rings. There hard to find.
Nathan Rogers wrote on Thursday, November 25, 2004 (PST):For some reason i have always been an admirer of the John Deere model R. It is the noise,the torque,and the power.
Lee Peterson wrote on Saturday, November 06, 2004 (PST):I would like to buy a model R if any one wants to sell one contact me at JohnDeereboy9400 at yahoo.com It does'nt have to be restored but needs to run and good tires.
Walter Allen wrote on Monday, September 20, 2004 (PDT):I am new to the classic tractor scene, but having spent more days than I can count on John Deere's as a kid, I am now old enough to want to find an old one that has been rebuilt or maybe to rebuild. I would like to have an "R" model. I am doing some research on them now and will be more familiar in a short while, but if you know of a nice one for sale I would like to have the information. Thanks Walter Allen Vienna, WV PH-304-295-3333 Email - Driller at wirefire.com
JIM LITTLE wrote on Thursday, September 09, 2004 (PDT):My favorite story about the Deere model R was at an antique tractor pull. The top weight class had a restored R and an Oliver model GM 99 (all of which came with a GM supercharger).The R was pulling the sled and started to bog down and some were saying it was done. How wrong they were. It settled down into a lug and could not be stopped. Full pull. The whining Oliver came in second.
DGT wrote on Friday, July 23, 2004 (PDT):I wish I could get one of these tractors you guys are talking about, but I don't yhink I'll ever get it.
Derek Smith wrote on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PDT):I have recently bored my John Deere R out .420 and put oversized 820 pistons in it. I have the american bosche injectors and i have been told that i need to replace my nozzle tips with those from an 820. HELP??
karen fowler wrote on Sunday, April 11, 2004 (PDT):need tires for r model john deere prices
Jim Nelsen wrote on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 (PST):My R was used by my step mother's dad and uncle in North Dakota. It's a 1954 and if the serial number register is right it is 250 from the last made. It has the export decals but was purchased new in Fessenden N.D. I have seen the purchase receipt. They traded a 39 D off for it. It has 6500 hours on the hour meter but the meter doesn't work now and I don't know if it worked when the tractor was retired in 1966. It sat in a shed after that, and was fired up a few times just to keep it free, but according to the neighbors, it sat for 13 years before I bought it in 1992. We pumped up the tires and pulled it out of the shed. I pushed in the clutch to see of the engine was free and not only was it free, it started! I think my heart was thumping louder than the tractor. The fuel was at least 13 years old and probably older. What a surprise. It has the origional paint, ans it looks good for it's age. The rear tires are 18.4-34 and were full of fluid, plus three cast iron weights per tire. The rear tires are still the 45 degree tread and are in very good shape. The fronts aren't bad either. It's kind of fun to hook it to the four bottom plow for an hour or so each fall. I was raised on the two bangers and have spent thousands of hours on them so I don't get much of a thrill listening to them run, but this R does excite me.
A. Jason Leedy wrote on Saturday, January 31, 2004 (PST):I love old John Deeres! My dad has a couple, including a restored 830. It has 28L26 tires on the back,it's awesome. One of my most memorable moments as a young kid involves an "R". A farmer that we knew brought his restored R to a local antique pull. There were no other tractors in his class that night so they let him pull last,just for fun. And fun it was! They could not stop that thing. After his first full pull they loaded everything they had on that boat and away he went. With the front end getting light and a heavy wrinkle in the rear tires my dad and I, along with about 12 or so other people, jumped on the boat to try and stop the green beast. We failed. As we stood there on the front of that boat we noticed that the big steel cable, hooked to the R, was actually coming apart. The track offical had to stop him at that point. If tractors could talk I don't think that R would say anything, but I bet she'd have a big ol' grin!!!
Ray Stroope wrote on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 (PST):I am new to old tractors. I own a 1941 jd b and a 1952 JD R.I am restoring the B right now.All it really needed was a good sandblasting and paint.As soon as i finish the B the R is going into the shop for sheet metal repair sandblasting and paint.I had to repair the pony motor trans and the tractor runs great.I think the R is an awsome machine. I can hardly wait to take it to town to show it off!! One thing i do need from you guys is a tire for it. The size is 18-26 Good year rice and cane.Would also consider 18.4-26 regular tractor tires if I could get two of them for a fair price.Thanks tractor guys.
JOE wrote on Monday, October 06, 2003 (PDT):My Dad bought two model R one in the spring of 1970 the other a year later.They replaced a model G and A. The power they had was ubelivable compared to the old G and A. We also had two 70 that were newer but could not touch the R for power. They are 1949 and 1951 model. We used them for many years until we bought a 4020 and later a 4440. We still have one of the R and despite the power and comfort of the 4440, there will never be a tractor like the R. Joe
Chris wrote on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 (PDT):Was there ever a front end loader made for the "R" model
Ernest F Janus wrote on Friday, June 13, 2003 (PDT):Hello Folks, We presently own two John Deere R diesel tractors and would be interested in selling them in the future to anyone, please contact us by e-mail.
David Sprague wrote on Thursday, May 29, 2003 (PDT):As a teanager I was allways inpressed with these tracters .They could comand your respect just by sitting still.I'm now in the market for one perfer the north east,us
Duane wrote on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 (PDT):hi there is a fine old gentleman who farms south of Sunburst Montana. he has used R s for farming his place i bet for over 50 years and he is still out there. I drove by him today he was putting in his crop with it, neither of them will give up. he gave me a hearty wave. wonderful mand no old folkds home for him or his tractor
Steve Sorensen wrote on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 (PDT):For sale, 1954 R, 23.1-26 rubber, fender extension's, brass tag, shutter's, pto and hydraulic's. Excellent all original tractor. Both motor's run good. 4750.00. 319-626-3075
Clay Marceaux wrote on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 (PDT):I have never restored anything before so I need a little help. I think I am looking at an R and I need to know where is the tag with ser. number,model number, located on an R, if it has one at all. Thank you.
Dick Southard wrote on Thursday, February 27, 2003 (PST):i just bought an r last spring, i love to hear it run i raked hay and disked with it last summer would love to find me a good A
Bill Marshall wrote on Tuesday, December 31, 2002 (PST):Regarding Model "R" John Deere's. My Dad bought one in the spring of 1961. I was 17 years old. It replaced as the farm working tractor a 29 Model "D". This "R" had the engine rebuilt. The former owner had 2 R's bought new and replaced them when the 4010's came out. We bought the "R" for $1800.00. The "R"'s, if not properly warmed up or put to work too soon would score the cylinder wall. This happened to this tractor. So it was rebuilt, 45 over and tuned up. The other R sold for $1700. but the tires were not so good. The first spring we broke an axle disking on soil bank, shop warranty, and in the late 70's the starting engine blew it's crank. Also I developed a crack in the head and had it replaced in the early 80's. This served as the main tractor on a 640 acre farm in North Dakota until thelate 80's when it was replaced by a 4025jd. I purchased this tractor in 2000 from my 84 year old Dad in exchange for a riding lawn mower and a small tilting utility trailer at a cost of $1265.00. The engine still runs good. I give hayrides with this tractor. What a show to start in cool weather. The tractor is apart right now, am having the rearend gone through. The rear oil pump that lubes the transmission wasn't working due to a bearing failure. This in turn lead to underlubing of the moving parts in the rear diferential. Both side gears need replacing as well as pump parts and the like. It will also restore the pto and hydrolics. Tractor has new rubber all the way around. In answer to several questions above, The Model "R" weighs empty 7200 lbs empty. My "R" has fluid in tires, about 450 lbs each, plus 2 wheel weight inside and outside of each rear wheel. I'm guessing about 150 lbs per weight= about 1200 lbs in weights totaling overall about 92 to 9400 lbs with fuel and water. There is a plug behind and to the rear of the flywheel to check for oiling of transmission. Transmission pump styles changed at serial # 5100 and were a little easier to service. My tractor is # 4384. Can you tell if I'm proud of my little smoker. My two grandsons, age 9 and 5 love it to, cuz it Grandpa's tractor 651-437-6256 Add. 3489 Cory Ln, Hastings Mn.
wayln weinzetl wrote on Friday, December 27, 2002 (PST):I have an john deere R that I can not get the pony motor to run. it has all new rings,an gaskets,the pistons and cylinder walls looked like new with out a ring groove. it has a lots of spark, and is getting gas. any help would be greatly appreciated. phone # is 218-766-3026 if not there leave message thank you
kenny bell wrote on Thursday, December 19, 2002 (PST):i was look at the different types of old tractors trying to decide on one thta i would want to get to rebuild and i have decided to get a R so if you have one for sell please email me.
steve hacker wrote on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 (PST):i have a 1949 R serial#1733 i am restoreing it now, it is running shape but looks rough, my dad bought it and a 15 tandem disk in 1977 for 1400.00 and when he go it the pony moter didnt run, he took it off and it has been setting outside, we always pulled it to start it, i plowed alot of ground with the ol tractor, we nick named it the "power house" there just wasnt much it wouldnt do around our farm. now i am all grown up, and love going to the shows, i am restoreing the R first, i hope my dad lives long enough to see it when i am done, it still runs good but needs some minor work, all the hydrylics still work good and pto work good, i am in need of some other parts like pony moter parts, fenders, battery box, hood, and poss a radiator, just thought i would share this,,,any idea's on locating salvage parts would be apreciated,,,thx steve
Don Sarchet wrote on Monday, November 25, 2002 (PST):Have owned 10 in the last 10 years. Still have 4 of them. Was raised on a 1927 or 28 D and had never been around an "R" until I bought the first one in 1992 Serial No. 7400. Fell in love with it and now it is my favorite model John Deere. Recently aquired Serial No. 1144, the 145th built. It is a keeper, has rope start on pony. Keep them poppimg.
Steve Sorensen wrote on Wednesday, October 02, 2002 (PDT):Looking for model R, Prefer not running, any year.I live in Iowa. E mail or phone 319-626-3075
Dan Pigg wrote on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 (PDT):We (Pigg family) have an old "R" picked up from around Bayou Lagrue, Arkansas. We threw some money at it and used it several years here in Indiana. Not too long ago we put it on a dyno in Sullivan (IN) and it cranked just under 51 horses. Kind of a lively one. It pulled 4 plows threw mighty heavy soil. I work here at the college in Terre Haute. It needs something to do now.
John wrote on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 (PDT):Please advise on removing the rear wheel 'web' from the axles on my '52 R. Is it as 'simple' as removing the two bolts and the retaining hub then sliding the web from the axle shaft? Does the wrb need to be pulled from the axle shafts with a puller? If you have done this and have advice or watch outs - please pass them on.
Daniel Whitlow wrote on Saturday, August 17, 2002 (PDT):my grandpa has a 1949 JD R. evry year i drive it through my home town parade.my grandpa also takes it to tractor pulls and always finishes in the top ten.
Rob Sura wrote on Saturday, August 10, 2002 (PDT):I own John Deere R S/N-15015 Restoring it in my spare time,overhaul has been done,front bushing's need replaceing will have to weight until next year.am useing it spring and fall.
Phillip Curtis wrote on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 (PDT):I own a model R SN 16396. My tractor driver drove it with out water. The engine froze up. I am looking for parts.
Phillip Curtis wrote on Saturday, August 03, 2002 (PDT):I own a R. I had just had the head and pony motor rebuilt. I had told my driver to keep a check on the fluids. We had been tring to break it in easy. I need a short block or a rotating assm. Or may be a R that has a lot wrong with other parts. Or may be someone has an R with a good eng ine. It made me sick when I pulled that pan.
Raymond Haas wrote on Friday, July 19, 2002 (PDT):Gotta Love That 2 Banger; I was told as a boy that you could set an R JD on 4 coke bottles 'right' then ic Smith Center Kansas at the County Fair they set one of Lenord Peterson's R JDs on 4 coke bottles. If I haden't seen it I would not have beleived it, and my own dad told us about it beforhand. Peterson now builds Excell RVs in Smith Center Kansas.
Ricky appling wrote on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 (PDT):this is a very nice tractor and looks like whoever restored it did a good job
Brian wrote on Thursday, April 25, 2002 (PDT):Can anyone tell me where i can find a complete grille assembly for a 1949 "R" Please contact me at my e-mail address I thankyou for your time Brian,Wi
DOUG CAMERON wrote on Monday, March 18, 2002 (PST):I LIVED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK IN 1968 AND WENT TO A FARM AUCTION NEAR SYRACUSE THAT YEAR. TO MY SURPRISE THERE WAS A "R" IN NEARLY NEW CONDITION SOLD FOR $1600. MY WIFE AT THE TIME WOULD NOT LET ME BID. TOO BAD.
Francis Kozlovsky wrote on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 (PST):My grandfather bought one in the mid 50's. The R was a very good tractor. We could out pull anything in it's weight class. Yes I did a lot of field work with it. Approx. weigth with out fluid or wheel weights is as I recall 3.5 tons.
Bill Cope wrote on Thursday, February 07, 2002 (PST):I need to trailer my Model R and want to be sure that its' weight doesn't exceed the rating of the traler. Does anyone know how much it weighs?
John Underwood wrote on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 (PDT): Here in australia dad got the first second hand "R" in 1966 -- we mostly ran two joined together in tandem (on behind the other -- no front axle on rear unit)--we had two tandem units (4 of model R) the harmonics of two heavily laden (with new equal sized rear tyres) powerful diesel exhausts is very unique-- in time I had three jd two cyls joined together, one model 80 plus two model R's they were just great --- they never gave in.
Dave Weissenfluh wrote on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 (PDT):What is the "going rate" for a 1950 John Deere "R" Deisel, fully restored?
gary wrote on Thursday, May 10, 2001 (PDT):I grew up with 2 cylinder JD's from the time the horses left the farm in 1950 when they were replaced by the "M". Right now I have an R for parts if anyone needs any. I bought it for it's parts but the R I had never broke down and needed any. I also have a 70 diesel standard that runs.
Dee wrote on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 (PDT):I put in a lot of time on old John Deeres as a lad and the "R" sure beat the heck out of the old "D". when it came to power. And what a joy it was to have a "road Gear" to move fields in.
bill wrote on Thursday, March 29, 2001 (PST):yes i drove one when iwas kid and loved it would like to own one know
John Settles wrote on Saturday, November 25, 2000 (PST):I own 32 John Deere"s and the R is one of my favorites, this fall during harvest I used it to pull two hopper wagons that hold 275 bu. each loaded or 33000# plus the weight of the wagons with no problem, not bad for a twobanger!
Ellwood D. Miller wrote on Saturday, November 18, 2000 (PST):e-mail address ES Triticum at aol.com
Ellwood D. Miller wrote on Saturday, November 18, 2000 (PST):My father bought an R in 1954 sn 19863. Sold it in 1957. I began looking for it in 1988. Found it, 1996,bought it,1998.It was still being used on a farm. It is back home. A local newspaper did a story, called it,"darned old Tractor",a quote from my father.
Keith Trimble wrote on Thursday, November 16, 2000 (PST):I am interested in a JD R tractor to buy. Contact me at 785-243-3798 or E-mail at pepper at dustdevil.com
Tom Anderson wrote on Friday, September 22, 2000 (PDT):Was the R available with full or wheatland fenders as an option ?
Jack Kerr wrote on Sunday, August 20, 2000 (PDT):I saw a very nice one at our summer show. Just as the one is in the photo. Our show was Aug 3,4,5,6, in Portersvill Pa. I have a 41 B .
Joel Williams wrote on Wednesday, August 16, 2000 (PDT):Finally took first place at a pull in the 8000 pound class and out pulled two JD G models. That is hard to do. Love this thing more every time I get on it. It is a real hit at the shows with people that have never seen one before.
Mark Krieger wrote on Saturday, July 15, 2000 (PDT):I've got an "R" (used to have 2), an "80", "50" and a Farmall. The R is my favorite of all of them...it is such a pleasure to drive and hear the lugging through the straight pipe! It is especially fun to pull at tractor pulls. I've beat an 830 twice! None of my tractors are restored, but all are in good shape and are going to be easy restorations someday. I enjoy hopping on any one of them and just taking a drive through the country.
Joel Williams wrote on Sunday, July 09, 2000 (PDT):I first saw one of these tractors at a show about eight years ago. The guy made a full pull out the other end and was going to take the sled around and back to the starting line but they wouldn't let him. The thing just wouldn't die. I knew right then I wanted one and I finally got it. Had to go all the way to Ontario Canada to get it bit I got it now. I collect Farmalls but I had to add this one to the collection. Looking for an 80 and an 830 next. This is an awsome machine for sure.
Jesse L. wrote on Thursday, June 29, 2000 (PDT):I'm 19 years old and started restoring my own tractors when I was 15. I just aquired a 1949 "R" Diesel about a month ago form a good friend who has owned it for 10 years. What a neat tractor it is. Its just somthing about that knocking diesel sound they make that makes them so unique. This "R" that I have is in excellent orginal condition. It has 5400 original hours on it, the hour meter stiil works I hope to use it this fall to do custom plowing for neighbors.
Cornelius wrote on Monday, June 26, 2000 (PDT):My dad has owned an "R" John deere for 35 years, he's probably rebuilt it one end to the other already, but as long as we can get parts for it we'll keep using it. I never want to be without one!
Doug Salmon wrote on Saturday, June 17, 2000 (PDT):Have a chance to buy an R in fair condition. Runs OK but needs worked on. Rubber poor. What would be a fair offer to purchase. Somebody give me an idea what an R is worth these days. Thanks.
Wayne Pilchak wrote on Saturday, June 17, 2000 (PDT):My model R pup starter magnito isn't throwing any spark. Is there any way of testing the coil as i've put new points and condencer in. Everything else seems to be okay,moving freely , no rust. Appreciate any comments.
Kevin Smolkowski wrote on Monday, June 12, 2000 (PDT):Why don't more of you all post pictures of your tractors? I am in the middle of my Model R restoration and love posting the story as I go. www.smolkowski.com/tractors
Dale Br umm wrote on Tuesday, May 16, 2000 (PDT):While attending the John Deere tractor school in Moline in 1949 the model R was one of the subjects. The first R did not have a compression release and during testing the rack stuck open and it ran faster and faster until the flywheel "exploded". One piece went through the roof and another went through the floor and another broke the wheel off an A that was close by. A new wheel was cast and before testing began a compression release was installed. The reason Deere did not make diesels before was because Catapiller had an interest in John Deere.
Robert Coppock wrote on Saturday, March 25, 2000 (PST):I have an R that I use once in a while. The old timers hear it pop and stop by to see the old gal work. They are good for an R story.
Ke vin W. Mull wrote on Friday, February 11, 2000 (PST):This E mail is for Doug Fulller, I am not the guy that called. But I might be interested in your J.D. R. Please contact me by e-mail. Or boy Phone 219-872-3253. Thank you.
Doug Fuller wrote on Saturday, January 29, 2000 (PST):Would the person from Ohio who was interested in my John Deere R please call back, I was suppose to send a picture but lost your address and phone number. You live North of Cinncinati. Thanks Alot!!!
DOUG FULLER wrote on Wednesday, December 22, 1999 (PST):I have two JD R's for sale. One is real straight and runs good. The other has rougher sheet metal; and runs. If interested call in the eve. 715-435-4113.
Doug Henke wrote on Saturday, November 27, 1999 (PST):I think the R is the best diesel JD built. I have had 4 of them in the last few years. I kept 2 of them as they seem to be in great shape and have had to do very little work on them. The problem with most of them you find is they have been worked so hard that everything needs to be rebuilt. Sure am glad I got 2 real nice ones, only problem is which one to drive first. Love to get both running at the same time. Sounds great.
Scott Bosler wrote on Tuesday, October 26, 1999 (PDT):My dad has owned an "R" for 15 years. We have used it in the field and it has become the "flagship" tractor of our local threshing bee. It is one of the best tractors that I have been around as far as the total package for an old tractor.
Bud Arter wrote on Saturday, September 11, 1999 (PDT):my dad just bought an R about six months ago and we are in the process of rebuilding it and restoring it.we are having a hard time finding .045 pistons. if any one knows were there are aset of pistons we like to know.
Terry Stefancik wrote on Sunday, April 18, 1999 (PDT): As a youngster I used to operate an "R" all day long. I really love those old tractors. You couldn't beat them for fuel efficiency, although the ride was a little rough and the hydraulic system needed updating.
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