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"Gathering of the Green"

A biennial nationwide conference for
John Deere collectors, restorers & enthusiasts.

THURSDAY
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
and DESCRIPTIONS - 2022

Typical workshop       The Gathering of the Green 2022 will again offer a wide variety of extremely interesting and informative technical, historical and human-interest workshops and drop-in sessions which will appeal to John Deere antique two-cylinderand New Generation tractor enthusiasts - ranging from the beginner to the most experienced. Skilled workshop and drop-in session leaders from across the country will assemble in the Quad Cities March 16-19, to share their experience and knowledge with "Gathering" attendees. Watch for details as workshop topics are confirmed.

      Ladies - we will again have a hospitality area, and even more fun activities for you to participate, learn, and have fun with your friends in 2022!

These are the highlights

The following workshops are confirmed for the 2022 Gathering of the Green Conference. Please check back often for scheduled times for these workshops and additional workshops that will be added. *

*Workshops may be subject to change.*

Engine Heads and Cooling Systems - Bill and Jared Dies


Thursday 8-9:30am


An interesting discussion of your tractor's cooling system, every type of two-cylinder John Deere head. Will include radiator and engine head inspection, diagnosis, and repair. Head and valve rebuilding and currently available coolant types.

Bill & Jared Dies are an experienced father-son team, who operate their own radiator and automotive service business.

Loctite Products - Brad Perkins


Thursday 8-9:30am


Brad will describe the many excellent Loctite products available to tractor restorers, and share the procedures of proper application of these products, including thread lockers, gasketing products and adhesives.

Brad Perkins has worked for Henkel Corporation as a salesman for Loctite brand products since 1999 and has been a workshop leader at several Gathering Conferences.

GP Tractor Changes & Improvements - Jack Beck    new


Thursday 8-9:30am


This Workshop will focus on many of the external changes made to the Model GP Standard during its production run from 1928 - 1935. The GP was a work in progress during its entire production run. The material presented is based on my observations and research.

Jack Beck was raised on a dairy farm near Litchfield, Nebraska. Retired from careers in teaching, oil industry research and motor sports, Jack collects and restores John Deere tractors and equipment, including the Model "D", "GP", "B" and implements used with these Tractors.

The Deere "G" Tractor - John Bennehoff and Chris Boyens


Thursday 8-9:30am


Covering the Model G tractor from the beginning of the unstyled to the end of the styled production, including information on parts interchange from year-to-year and details to watch for when buying and/or restoring a "G."

John Bennehoff worked for about eight years as a farm equipment mechanic but has since gone into the tool and die trade. He also operates Dietrac Machine, making various clutch and governor parts for two-cylinders.

Chris Boyens is employed by Deere & Co. as the Brand Standards Manager. He is a member of Deer Valley Collectors and is the founder and president of Classic Green.

The 6030 Tractor - Brad Walk


Thursday 10-11:30am


Brad will share the history and novelties of the 6030 tractor.

Brad Walk owns and operates a diversified grain and livestock farm which consists of cattle, hogs, corn, beans, and wheat. After purchasing his first 6030 tractor in 1998, he developed my6030.com specializing in buying, selling, and customizing John Deere 6030s.

Tractor Mower and Hay Tool Development 1929-1940 - Jack Beck    new


Thursday 10-11:30am


Jack will provide information on the development of John Deere Mowers designed to be used with Tractors. It will show the progression of the Power Mower, and Ground Driven Mowers during the period of 1929-1940 cumulating with the #5 Mower which was in production longer than any other John Deere Mower. Development of other Hay Tools for use with a Tractor will also be discussed.

Jack Beck was raised on a dairy farm near Litchfield, Nebraska. Retired from careers in teaching, oil industry research and motor sports, Jack collects and restores John Deere tractors and equipment, including the Model "D", "GP", "B" and implements used with these Tractors.

Wreath Making (John Deere Wreath) - Susie Shollenberger


Thursday 10-11:30am


Suzie will host a make-and-take session. This wreath is all about the Yellow and Green. So easy and cute, and Susie will provide all the materials needed for a nominal $15 fee, payable at the workshop.

Susie Shollenberger has been a fresh and silk floral designer for over 25 years in the Quad City Area.

Building a Gratitude Book - Pat Hinderman    new


Thursday 10-11:30am


*Bio & Description coming soon*

History of Barns - Rick Collins


Thursday 10-11:30am


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Basic Tractor Restoration: The Rusty Acres Approach - Dan Peterman


Thursday 10-11:30am


Dan covers the basic restoration of a tractor from its initial purchase to its first appearance at a tractor show or in a parade.

Dan Peterman owns and operates Rusty Acres Restoration, located in Webster City, IA. Although 90% of his work is restoring John Deere tractors, he restores other makes as well. Dan's knowledge is apparent if you have read the many 'Rusty Acres Approach to Restoration' articles which appeared in the "Two-Cylinder" magazine. He has been business and restoring tractors for over 30 years.

Corn Shellers - Randy Kube    new


Thursday 1-2:30pm


Randy will discuss design and operation of the two primary styles of corn shellers, including the models of shellers manufactured by Deere and Company.

John Deere Industrial - Chris Boyens


Thursday 1-2:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Decals - Travis Jorde


Thursday 1-2:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

John Deere Powr-Trol Systems - Dan Brotzman


Thursday 1-2:30pm


Dan will cover general information on the Powr-Trol System, including how the system (pumps, valves, rockshaft and cylinders) works, adjustments and basic maintenance.

Dan Brotzman has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past 30 years with restoration tips. He is ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. He began collecting and restoring two-cylinder and New Generation John Deere tractors in 1980, having completed many "frame with an empty transmission case" restorations.

Underutilized Schrubs - Wil Carew    new


Thursday 1-2:30pm


Looking for something a little different, a little out of the ordinary, blooming when others don't, or that next "Wow" plant? Wil reviews overlooked shrubs that could be the next star for your yard!

Wil Carew is a Master Gardener (2005), Master Composter (2005) and Tree Steward (2007) in Linn County, IA. He enjoys sharing his horticultural knowledge with those who enjoy plants and other Master Gardeners, on WMT Radio, the Linn County Horticultural Hot Line, and various classes at Kirkwood Community College, public libraries, and gardening clubs throughout the state.

All About Gauges - Jerry Trcka    new


Thursday 1-2:30pm


Jerry will highlight the running changes in oil, temperature, and amperage gauges for various John Deere tractors. He will also discuss molds for recovering old steering wheels.

Jerry Trcka Before restoring tractors and gauges became a full-time career in 2010, he worked in the manufacturing field as a welder and then later in the food industry as a truck driver. His trucking career led to taking the gauges apart and restoring them. In 2005 he and his wife, Missy, started their own business called EverGreen Restoration.

The 8020 Tractor - Darrell Fischer


Thursday 3-4:30pm


Darrel, will cover the story of the 8020 from early development to final production, including complimentary plows.

Darrel Fisher is a long-time farmer from Central Illinois who has collected "anything green" for many years. His favorite is the 8020, but also has a paddle scraper, a Wagner tractor, a low radiator G, an open fan shaft A, and many others.

Hit and Miss Engines - John Boyens & Rie Faulk    new


Thursday 3-4:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Drop In On Decals - Travis Jorde


Thursday 3-4:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Slant Dash Deeres - Carl Swisher    new


Thursday 3-4:30pm


Carl will discuss electric start and lighting on John Deere tractors, which first became options on A and B General Purpose and Standard Tread AR-AO, BR-BO (and D) tractors in early Fall, 1939. A heavy cast dash was added that served as a new steering shaft support and the term "slant-dash" was born. Details will include the various configurations and features of the electric start and lighting "slant dashes", concentrating primarily on A and B tractors, including a working list of known survivors, major changes made during production of the slant dashes, evidence, and timing of the start of production, and some archival photos, film and information on the earliest known pre-production electric start and lighting tractors.

For his age, Carl Swisher is a relatively "newbie" to two-cylinders and the Green community. He was drawn to the styling of A and B tractors designed by Henry Dreyfuss for 1939, the history and various changes made on these tractors throughout the war years. He bought a 1939 A with fragments of an electrical system still intact, a steep learning curve and lots of research, brought the A back to life. He found a "B" to go with it, and has added several more!

4020-4000 Production - Dan Brotzman    new


Thursday 3-4:30pm


Dan will focus on many of the production changes that occurred during the 4020-4000 production period from 1964-1972. Many of the production changes have appeared in Green Magazine over Dan's 30 years of writing for Green Magazine, now many of those changes will be consolidated into this single workshop.

Dan Brotzman has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past 30 years with restoration tips. He is ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. He began collecting and restoring two-cylinder and New Generation John Deere tractors in 1980, having completed many "frame with an empty transmission case" restorations.

Field of Dreams - Eldon Trumm    new


Thursday 3-4:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

The Art of the Fine-Tuning a Two-Cylinder Engine - Cork Groth & Craig Schroeder


Thursday 3-4:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*


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