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Antique John Deere Tractor: JD General Purpose

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This picture is a 1934 version. The John Deere GP was first introduced in 1928 and had an arched front axle for high clearance of crops.

JD General Purpose Tractor

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Mark A. Dotts wrote on Thursday, February 21, 2013 (PST):
  • We have what we believe is a 1928 or 1929 JD GP It has the mechanical lift gearbox, PTO,original PTO driven mowing machine, and water injection. I need info on the linkage from the mechanical lift to the mowing machine and so on.P.S. the tractor was built in Iowa can t remember the city
    Judith Thomas wrote on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 (PST):
  • My dad had a GP, not sure what year. He had a jig in front that he used to chop firewood for our furnace in an old farmhouse in Michigan. Sold it to a neighbor in the early 80 s. God bless whoever has it now...thanks for the memories!
    Ronald Meek wrote on Monday, April 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • Restored a 1935 GP, last year built only #, ledgible is the 2 at the beginning of the serial #. Steel rear - replaced with tread from regular tractor tires, fronts are cut offs with round spokes. starts and runs very good.
    carol Shepardson wrote on Thursday, September 14, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have a 1931 GP. The serial number is worn off. The first 3 numbers are missing. The last three look like 141. According to the date behind the flywheel it was inventoried or built on 2-13-31. Does anyone out there have a 1931 GP with the date of 2-13-31 or a date close to that so I can figure out what my serial number is?
    JACK FAULKNER wrote on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 (PDT):
    JACK FAULKNER wrote on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 (PDT):
    paul yale wrote on Thursday, August 11, 2005 (PDT):
  • I bought a 1929 GP model in great condition. It was restored in the early 80s, and has been sitting in a museum in central Maine until now. Anybody know how I could get a reprint owners manual for this tractor? I would like to get it running and maybe power an old cordwood saw that I have. thanks, any info would be helpful.
    Tom Hutchinson wrote on Friday, May 13, 2005 (PDT):
  • I recently had restored the 1931 John Deere GP that my father started farming with. My father's brother restored the engine about 35 years ago. It was stored inside until I had it restored completely over the last 6 months by Jack Cook of Monrovia Indiana. It truly looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. It is one of my proudest possessions. I'm looking forward to my first antique tractor show.
    Ronald Clement wrote on Thursday, September 16, 2004 (PDT):
  • I had a John Deere GP in the 1940's, It was tricycle shaped meaning the front wheels went in the center furrow and the back wheels were in two out side furrows so you could cultivate two rows. We had a two row cultivator to mount to the tractor. The back wheels were chain driven inside a casting so that the tractor had plenty of height for the row crops. corn, cotton etc. On the hood it had painted General Purpose and as I remember it was also cast in the radiator along with the John Deere. The tractor pictured at the front of this artical looks like a model "D". How ever I am not implying that it is as I dont realy know but I thought that they called them "GP" as they could be used for plowing, cutivating and other farm jobs. Some Time in the 50's our GP was sold to a man who took it to Mexico. I wish I had it now sitting on my front lawn. The land I farmed is now a school./
    Lowell DeVries wrote on Friday, January 16, 2004 (PST):
  • I have a 1934 GP that is used each year to plow in the state plowing contest pulling a #52 2-12. In Aug 2004 it will be used to plow in the National plowing contest to be held at Twin Brooks, S.D. annual threshing show the third weekend in August.
    Dave Bueck wrote on Sunday, September 21, 2003 (PDT):
  • Does anybody have pictures of; 1) John Deere General Purpose before 1940 with narrow front axle? 2) Oliver 70 Row Crop? Much obliged
    Ed Wagner wrote on Saturday, July 05, 2003 (PDT):
  • I grew up around 3 GP's, 1 on all rubber with lift and lights,1 on steel with extension rims on rear, 1 for parts.The one on steel was what Ilearned to plow with, on "new" ground (tore down a woods), couldn't get a flat.Grandad bought the one on steel new in 1930, My uncle finally sold it (partially restored )in 1990.
    sr wrote on Monday, December 30, 2002 (PST):
  • looking for info. on jd 300 hyd.pump
    Paula Dailey wrote on Thursday, May 17, 2001 (PDT):
  • I need a photo of a John Deere tractor that would have been used on farms before and during the great drought and dust storms please call me at National Geographic School Publishing 202 857-7074. Urgent.
    Ray Holdiman wrote on Saturday, March 10, 2001 (PST):
  • I bought a John Deere GP in 1948 used it for four years. then traded it to the John Deere Dealer in Bozeman, Montana. Before I traded it I painted it as a school shop project. there were no decals avaiable then so I painted around the raised letters with black paint I saw it in the summer of 1999. Still the same Paint job. Still runs. It was a 1928 model.
    Chuck Watson wrote on Saturday, December 09, 2000 (PST):
  • I would like to restore my dad's old GP but someone stole the radiator and I need a replacement.
    John Sheehan wrote on Sunday, November 05, 2000 (PST):
  • Looking for a GP. Will pay cash, or trade '39 L parade ready w/#7 Mower.
    Karl Lesch wrote on Thursday, May 25, 2000 (PDT):
  • I am in the process of restoring my grandfather's 1928 GP, and I need to find two (2) complete spark plug assemblies. Any help on where I can aquire these would be greatly appreciated. Thanks- Karl
    Victor Turner wrote on Sunday, March 12, 2000 (PST):
  • I am trying to restore my grandfather's John Deere GP standard ser#213465. I am having trouble with the magnito, it does not have enough fire to the plug. I need some help on finding a new mag. Any help on this would be good.
    JIm Quarles wrote on Saturday, January 29, 2000 (PST):
  • I was a John Deere serviceman in S.W. MO. back in the '60s and early '70s. Restored a GP we traded for one winter. The head mechanic where I worked had grown up running a GP in Western Kansas during the Dust Bowl days. Said you'd take 10 gallons of Kerosene and 10 gallons of water to the field (milk cans). Under load it burnt about 50-50. He said the steam generated in the cylinders made the thing act more like a steam engine as it had way lot more torque - couldn't kill it. Tractor I restored in 1969 or so is still used in parades, etc. That 4" exhaust pipe it had sure barks!
    Clare Gingrich wrote on Tuesday, January 18, 2000 (PST):
  • I restored a 1930 GP crossover a few years ago (standard tread) which as I discovered later was one of 64 built. Showed it at Expo II and III in Waterloo Iowa. I have more recently fould the last GP "over the top steer" Sr# 405254. It is in fairly good condition and hope to be able to take it to Expo in the future. Clare
    Brent Moore wrote on Tuesday, January 11, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 1933 John Deere General Purpose I am going to restore I don't know much about restoreing but love to try I was wondering if someone could give me some pointers. Brent
    Neal Stockheimer wrote on Saturday, December 25, 1999 (PST):
  • I have a 1931 gp that I am restoring and i need rings valve guydes valves head gasket intake and exzost manafold gaskets and packing for flywheel and drive poley can some one help me and shopor repair manuals for ' specks'on it .it was my grand fathers . help please! papabear1000 at AOL.COM THANK YOU;-)
    Les Hunt wrote on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 (PST):
  • I have one of these that my grandfather bought when it was about two years old - not sure of age but I believe it was made in the early 30's. I am now in the process of restoring it and am in need of some parts. The original throttle control has been moved and the block and head are now cracked. It still runs though! Any help appreciated.
    Marcus Widener wrote on Saturday, September 18, 1999 (PDT):
  • My Dad had a l930 model GP standard. I worked any hours and miles on it. I have it at my home and am going to restore it if I can. It is in very bad condition.
    Dennis Fischer wrote on Wednesday, July 07, 1999 (PDT):
  • My dad had a 31 GP which I was to get but a greedy relative forced me to sell on the estate sale. It had belonged to a neighbor, who had bought it new. It had steel rears and rubber replacements on the front. I wisch I could find one to restore someday, but right now I'm bussy with 17 others ranging from a 36 "A" to a 720 your web site. I use it for referance quite often.

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