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Offline Bamabww

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1942 LA John Deere
« on: March 01, 2014, 02:44:06 pm »
The first tractor my dad ever owned was a 1941 LA. It was the first tractor I ever drove. He kept it until 1967 and let a slick talking car dealer talk him out of it. I remember crying as it left our driveway.  Dad later told me he regretted selling it an hour after it left. A few years ago after I got the kids thru college and off the payroll, I tried to find dad's LA. He remembered the guy's name and I called everyone with that same name in 4 counties surrounding us but no one had any lead on dad's tractor.

I finally placed a wanted ad on Craigslist for a LA and in a couple of weeks a guy only 75 miles away replied that he had one for sale. I went to look at it, we made a deal and I brought it home without telling dad about it. We invited dad up for Father's Day dinner and I parked the LA in our back yard. Dad drove up and went straight to the tractor with a grin from ear to ear.  When I got out there he said "Wayne, you found Little John!"  It was the happiest I had seen him since way before momma got sick and eventually died. That tractor brought him back some joy of younger days.

I explained how I got the tractor and how I had hunted "Little John" but couldn't find it. He said "well, this can be Little John now."  When he was able he enjoyed driving the tractor around the field and pulling his great grandchildren in a wagon I have to pull behind it. I carried it to our local antique tractor "plow day"  and they let him lead the "Parade of Power."  Good times indeed.

 











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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 03:25:19 pm »
Dang I wish our L looked that good!!!!!
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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 04:00:41 pm »
That's a beauty!

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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 05:17:32 pm »
Wow, great looking baby  :)
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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014, 05:34:18 pm »
I love it. Have always loved the L and LA.
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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014, 07:44:48 pm »
Nice looking tractor. Thats my favorite style of john Deere
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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014, 08:05:30 pm »
That is a fine looking tractor. The new ones sure dont have the style the old ones did.
I guess that applies to a lot of things,though.

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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014, 08:26:36 pm »
Thanks very much for your compliments. I love it as well and have really enjoyed having it around.  I'll try to post a youtube link where my dad is plowing with it at Plow Day.


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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2014, 10:13:12 pm »
I love the sound of that tractor.

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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2014, 08:53:29 am »
I have to stick with the sound of a 620 with a chrome straight pipe pulling a 4 bottom...  but I do like the L.  Going to try to talk PA into getting it out this summer.  It and the Long frame B both need to be cleaned and painted.
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Re: 1942 LA John Deere
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2014, 08:04:25 am »
Bama,

What a sweet story.  You are a good son. 

Oh, and the tractor is cute too!  That's the sort of tractor I see myself on when I dream about my farm. :)

Seriously, your tale brought tears to my eyes.  Very rich indeed.

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