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Antique John Deere Tractor: JD Model 420C w/ROPS

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The John Deere 420C tractor in this picture is a nicely restored 1957 420C with ROPS. The 420C was produced from 1956 through 1958. Picture contributed by Bruce Banning.

JD Model 420C w/ROPS Tractor

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Comments on this Tractor

jrawson wrote on Monday, October 11, 2010 (PDT):
  • I m wanting to buy a 420C dozer please email if you have one for sale. Thanks 405-277-3334
    jrawson wrote on Sunday, October 10, 2010 (PDT):
  • I m interested in the 420C for sale please email me. Thanks
    Ed Burrell wrote on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 (PDT):
  • I have a 1957 or 58 420c for sale. Right steering needs attention,also needs exhaust manifold. Bottom at 50%+ Email or call 14012127460.
    Phylis Nixon wrote on Monday, May 11, 2009 (PDT):
  • Where can I find info in re; to the antique tractor show in NB soon My husband heard about it on CHSJ, but the have NOTHING on their web page. Let me know soon please.
    michael procak wrote on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 (PDT):
  • i own a 420c and recently broke a already welded track link .if someone could point me in right direction to get my hands on track parts i would really appreciate it
    Brian wrote on Tuesday, October 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • I m looking for a left footrest for a 420C. please let me know how much . please send a photo if possible. thank you.
    Randy Matthies wrote on Monday, May 07, 2007 (PDT):
  • For Sale - Best offer My mother is selling 2 each 1958 420c crawler . My Father was rebuilding but just resently passed away. 204 727-0947
    eugene john wrote on Friday, July 28, 2006 (PDT):
  • forgot to put my telephone number down for the 420c tractor for sale 724 847 3332 best offer
    eugene john wrote on Friday, July 28, 2006 (PDT):
  • i have a 420c for sale with high lift attachment best offer
    AL GAGNON wrote on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 (PDT):
    rc schmidt wrote on Thursday, June 08, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have one of these. It is pretty rough but works good. I know that they bring good money at auction. I would sell it if I got the right price. I like this machine but like all old machines it taks a lot of attention.
    harold marten wrote on Sunday, February 12, 2006 (PST):
  • i have a 420c and recently purchased a good set of rollers does anyone have any advice on changing these things since they have been on the machine since 1957? thank you harold marten rr3 st.catharines ont.can.
    gary brubaker wrote on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 (PST):
  • I receptly purchased a 1958 420 c loader. I am interested in a complete air breather and exhaust manifold for this crawler. I am also interested in buying one with a blade.
    scott shaddon wrote on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 (PST):
  • How much do you want for it?
    Frank Matthie wrote on Sunday, July 10, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am looking for Braden Winch for my 420 Crawler and also I am looking for rear sprockets. Please call or Email me I have 6 of these 420 Crawlers. my home number 315-262-1244
    Nathan Rogers wrote on Thursday, November 25, 2004 (PST):
  • WOW!!!What a beauty. I have never seen one of those.I am 12 and I got my first J.D. 420U. It has been running very well lately but it has a problem with the starter. Every once in awhile the starter gets stuck but is no problem fixing it. Could you tell me what is wrong with it?
    Brian Bulas wrote on Friday, June 11, 2004 (PDT):
  • i have a 420c with loader but spun a main bearing. Looking for a motor. I still use this tractor and need it. Use it for fencing and general farm yard work
    Brian Bulas wrote on Friday, June 11, 2004 (PDT):
  • i have a 420c with loader but spun a main bearing. Looking for a motor. I still use this tractor and need it. Use it for fencing and general farm yard work
    Zach Cotton wrote on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST):
  • Good job with keeping it in good shape.
    Dylan wrote on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST):
  • nice piece of machine
    E P wrote on Friday, January 16, 2004 (PST):
  • Nice machine want to drive it some day
    Ron wrote on Friday, September 12, 2003 (PDT):
  • I recently adopted two 420's an industrial and an agricultural,woth fixin?
    art b wrote on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 (PDT):
  • machine looks great.i wish mine could look half as good as yours.i am looking for clutch fingers to rebuild my own pressure plate. no one will sell me just the parts--just the whole you know of a company that will sell parts only.thanks for your help.PS-this machine is great
    806 man wrote on Sunday, June 22, 2003 (PDT):
  • my 806 and 856 will out pull any a john deere. if you are a jd fan sell all then farly soon. deers arnt green but why do they paint them green. so pull you green ones out and sell them. go red go red!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    paul weaver wrote on Friday, June 06, 2003 (PDT):
  • was wondering about specifications on the jd420c, power, weight, etc. currently have a 1945 oliver hg42. wonder if the 420c woulkd be a step up. kinda like jd's, have a couple in the barn.
    Charles Woodall wrote on Sunday, April 13, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have for sale a 420C Crawler Dozer, Don't know what it's worth. It runs good, Make offer.
    Alain Cote wrote on Thursday, January 02, 2003 (PST):
  • Very nice job on the 420C. I have one identical to it & have many spare parts available.
    Tommy White wrote on Sunday, April 28, 2002 (PDT):
  • I saw a big john deere in my fathers shed. it was red though. He says he didnt paint it. Im still trying to figure it out.
    Robbie Siebenmorgen wrote on Sunday, April 28, 2002 (PDT):
  • I saw one of these going down the highway the other day on a big semi trailer with two John Deere model R's. The truck had California plates and was up here in Indiana. Go figure.
    Robbie Siebenmorgen wrote on Sunday, April 28, 2002 (PDT):
  • I saw one of these going down the highway the other day on a big semi trailer with two John Deere model R's. The truck had California plates and was up here in Indiana. Go figure.
    Lavoy wrote on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 (PDT):
  • If you need parts for MC through 440 crawlers, visit our website at
    brent martin wrote on Sunday, March 31, 2002 (PST):
  • We have a jd 420c that we are restoring and I am wondering where to get parts such as top roller and bracket.As far as we could find out about her is that she is around 1954-55 and a 420c as far people could tell us.Any information would be nice to know.
    L. Bothe wrote on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 (PST):
  • What is a 420c with a loader on it in good shape and running good. what do they go for price.
    flyin mojo wrote on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 (PST):
  • i flew to the moon on one of these tractors
    Ralphing Ralph wrote on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 (PST):
  • I was shaving today on my tractor and I Ralphed. Right on the Tractor. It went all over the tractor. Then it stalled after spitting on my leg. This must be the most worthless, junkiest, punkiest, Ralphiest, worstiest, tractoriest, Piece of poo-poo pants on this side of poop hill.
    Emmanuel fortin wrote on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 (PST):
  • I bought a 420c a year ago I'm missing the too top rollers if anyone would have some for sell please write me.
    Ken Egolf wrote on Saturday, July 14, 2001 (PDT):
  • Just find one of these sitting for sale, was interested in what it may be worth. It is in rough shape! I am new to old tractors, but was intriged by this one.
    Frank Matthie wrote on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have a 420C crawler in mint condition. Runs like a top. I am looking for an exhaust manafold for another I am working on fixing up.Thanks Frank
    Bruce Banning wrote on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 (PDT):
  • Jerry Yarber, Is your 420C with no engine for sale? If so , where is it ?? Thanks, BB
    John R. Murphy Bathurst New Brunswick Canada wrote on Monday, November 27, 2000 (PST):
  • Thought I would go in and see your 420c..She is kinda pretty..I just picked one up but it doesn,t have all the goodies yours has,mine is the dry tractor,,she was previously used commercially to haul harrows at a peat moss farm,,underpcarrige is excellent. I also have a dealer technical manual hard cover covering the 420 and 430 line..
    Jim Taylor wrote on Friday, November 24, 2000 (PST):
  • That machine must be very rare for I have never seen one like it before. All the same it is a credit to you . A very nice example.
    John Gehman wrote on Thursday, July 06, 2000 (PDT):
  • Recently saw one of these at a Church Camp. Used for snow removal, etc. Looking for new tracks, since these are very badly worn. Any ideas if they are still available? Thanks.

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