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3/6/18
    

"Gathering of the Green"

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN MARCH OF 2018. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS STILL HERE SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS – 2018


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Typical workshop These are the highlights            Hi, it’s Meli again and I’m delighted to provide you with a short description of each workshop, drop-in session and special activities (designed for the ladies) during the 2018 “Gathering of the Green” conference. The workshop descriptions are listed alphabetically by title. Note that the workshop information is subject to change.

      The WORKSHOP SCHEDULE containing workshop titles, names of leaders, days and times is NOW POSTED on its very own PAGE.

The following workshop topics are currently scheduled for the 2018 “Gathering of the Green.” Check regularly for additions to the workshop list.


The 8010 and 8020 TRACTORS – Darrel Fischer

Darrel, along with friends Darrel Miller and Roger Hayenga, will give us the complete story of the 8010 and 8020 from early development to where they are today. We will find out who has serial number one, how many units are known to exist today and the latest on the plows that were made to go with the tractor.

Darrel Fischer

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.

ART of FINE TUNING a TWO-CYLINDER ENGINE – Cork Groth

Cork has a beautiful old 1937 unstyled “B” that runs like the celebrated “Singer sewing machine.” It’s no wonder that two-cylinder enthusiasts seek Cork out at tractor shows asking that he listen to their tractors and give them a quick assessment of how to make their old machines run better. In fact, Cork has found it helpful to take his own little “doctor’s bag” loaded with most of the necessary tools to offer an informed “diagnosis.” In this workshop, Cork will discuss carburetion, ignition, timing, valve adjustment, compression and the process of getting everything in sync – all of the elements to make your tractor “run like a Deere.” We know you’ll have questions, so come prepared to participate in the discussion at this popular workshop.

Cork Groth

You will find Cork to be an interesting and entertaining workshop presenter. He is a well-known expert in his special fields of interest – John Deere GP tractors and their carburetors. Born and raised on a farm in Scott County, IA, Cork graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and while there conducted a research study on carburetors. He operates his own full-time business, “Cork’s Tractor Trauma Center,” where he rebuilds carburetors and magnetos in his machine shop. He loves the challenge of the “odd and unusual,” but admits that at any given time even the most common carbs and mags can be the “most challenging” of all. He is willing to tackle any carburetor or magneto from any antique tractor, as well as “ground-up” restorations of the GP Series tractors. Cork and his wife, Eileen, live in Eldridge, IA. Eileen is the one you are most likely to reach when you call. Don’t be surprised and hang up if you get the answering machine with the message, “You have reached Buttons-n-More and Carburetor Cork, either button up or sputter out at the beep,” …you’ve got the right number!

BASIC TRACTOR RESTORATION: The Rusty Acres Approach – Dan Peterman

Join full-time restorer, Dan Peterman, who operates his own restoration shop, as he focuses on the basic restoration of a tractor from its initial purchase to its first appearance at a tractor show or in a parade. He will cover some of the little extra tips of the trade to make your restoration easier and also focus on the products that help make a restoration turn out like it should. Dan will also touch on detailing and what it takes to make your tractor stand out in the crowd.

Dan Peterman

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 acquired his initial skills from his dad, Ken, who started the business on a part-time basis while working full-time as a machinist and later as a diesel mechanics instructor. After graduating from high school in 1992, Dan joined his dad full-time for about ten years until his dad’s death in April of 2000. He continues the tradition by doing all types of work on tractors, be it mechanical, body work or painting. Dan’s knowledge is apparent if you have read the many 'Rusty Acres Approach to Restoration' articles which appeared in the "Two-Cylinder" magazine. His restoration business has customers from all over the United States, including New York (Long Island), New Jersey, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, just to name a few. Dan’s reputation has spread nationwide. His restorations have been in books, videos and calendars worldwide.

COMBINES: 12A to 55 – Chris Fink

In his workshop Chris will be speaking on John Deere combines from 1940 through 1969. He will cover the 12A, 25, 30, 40, 42, 45, 55, 65, 95, 96, 105, and 106. He will discuss the highlights for each model, and the evolution between each model. There should be plenty of good discussion of these machines, because Chris has had the opportunity to work on most of these combines.

Chris Fink

Chris grew up on the same farm where he currently lives today in Lanark, IL with his wife, Deanna, and their two daughters, Samantha and Katelyn. While he was growing up, his family grew corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, and feeder cattle, and had a farrow-to-finish hog operation. His family did all their own repair work and a lot of custom fabrication. So, from an early age, Chris helped rebuild tractors and all sorts of things. Currently, Chris and his wife own and operate a 2700-acre cash grain farm to support his hobbies of collecting combines. He enjoys working on all types of machines and implements.

CORN PICKERS – Bob & Phyllis Johnson

If you ever wanted to know anything about corn pickers, this is the place to be. In this workshop Bob will cover the basics of corn picking machinery from the 1800’s to the latest versions from the sixties. He will cover the Deere models, as well as the other brands. Bob and Phyllis will also include information on the men who invented them and the companies who manufactured them.

Bob & Phyllis Johnson

Bob and Phyllis have been collecting corn pickers and information about them for over twenty years. They have over 25 different pickers in their collection, as well as over 30 walking plows. (Phyllis is the “plow lady” in the family.) They have recently published a book, Corn Pickers and the Inventors Who Dreamed Them Up. They currently farm near Sycamore, IL, where Bob is also a USPS mail carrier.

The DEERE “G” TRACTOR – John Bennehoff and Chris Boyens

Join these well-known “G” experts as they cover 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.” For those interested in the Model G, there should be some useful information to take along when you go Deere hunting.

John Bennehoff

John grew up on a farm near Freeport, IL, where he still lives with his wife, Paula, and son, Wesley. He bought his first old Deere to restore in about 1972, and has been finding more ever since. Wesley is also starting to dabble with the old Deere’s. John 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

Chris Boyens is currently employed by Deere & Co. in the Des Moines area. He previously served as the Customer Representative for the John Deere Collectors Center. A native of the Quad Cities area, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Boyens is a longtime member of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association, Inc., and has served on the Board of Directors. He is a member of Deer Valley Collectors. He resides in the Des Moines, IA area.

DEERE HISTORICAL ENGINEERING BREAKTHROUGHS – Jack Wiley

Two John Deere Historical Engineering Breakthroughs: Computer-Aided Design of Spring Reset Plow Standards and Control of Tractor Power Hop

In the early and mid-70’s, Deere and International Harvester were involved in a dispute over a patent held by IH for their design of a spring reset standard for moldboard plows. To help clarify the details of the reset behavior, computer-based dynamic models were created in a joint effort by engineers at the Technical Center in Moline and at the Plow and Planter Works. The results of these mathematical models were in complete agreement with tests of real plow standards. The success of these early experiences provided the basis for the design of an entirely new reset standard that was introduced on the Model 2700 plow. This was the first computer-aided mechanical design executed by John Deere engineers, a process used routinely throughout the Deere organization today.

Power hop is a type of dynamic instability that can occur when a tractor is operating under moderate to high draft loads in the field. Observers often describe the tractor motion as “porpoising.” This dramatic behavior primarily occurs in 4-wheel drive and mechanical front wheel drive tractors. Research to develop an understanding of the phenomenon and how to control it began in the mid-70’s, but did not completely pay off until the early 90’s. A major outcome was the need for much lower inflation pressures in radial tires – pressures as low as 6 psi, depending on load, speed, and tire size. In addition to being essential for power hop control, the new lower pressures provide for improved tractive performance, reduced fuel consumption, improved ride, and significantly reduced soil compaction. These new guidelines for inflation pressures and power hop control were introduced in 1992, and are now in use worldwide by all tractor and tire manufacturers. Highlights and extensive video examples of both these engineering breakthroughs will be presented in the workshop.

Jack Wiley

Jack grew up on a farm in southern Indiana and received degrees in engineering from Purdue University and the University of Illinois. He began his career at the Deere & Company Technical Center in 1972 and retired in 2002. He was involved in Deere’s early entry in Computer-Aided Engineering. His primary efforts were in engineering analysis and vehicle dynamics, with an emphasis on tractor performance. He and his wife live in Moline, IL.

DEERE TWO-CYLINDER SINGLE BARREL CARBURETORS – Mark Schraut

Mark will focus this workshop on John Deere carburetors used on two-cylinder tractors. He will cover topics such as operation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting related to a variety of carburetors. An important part of the workshop will address the “dos and don’ts” of making repairs, as well as the procedure to successfully disassemble, repair and reassemble a carburetor. In his 20+ years of experience, Mark has worked on some incredibly manhandled, odd and unusual carbs as well as a few which look like gadgets from a Rube Goldberg contest. You’ll enjoy looking at a few of these examples. Be sure to bring all your questions regarding all carburetors, and Mark will do his best to provide answers in this entertaining and informative workshop.

Mark Schraut

Mark was born and raised on a farm near Royalton, MN. From the day he could walk, Mark spent much of his free time on the John Deere tractors on his father’s farm. At a young age he began tinkering with small engines around the farm. In 1978, Mark opened a tractor repair business. Then in 1988 he began to repair broken John Deere carburetors for a salvage yard in Minnesota. His business grew and in 1994 Mark discontinued tractor repair to work full-time on carburetor repair. He worked out of a shop at his home until 2004 when his business outgrew that location. He then moved his business to his present location in Rice, MN. Since then Mark has expanded into distributor and magneto repair, and now has two full-time employees. Mark’s Carburetor and Magneto Service also manufactures and supplies many obsolete parts for John Deere carburetors.

DISTRIBUTOR IGNITION – Tom Donahy

If you want to learn about distributor-type ignition systems used on two-cylinder tractors, then don’t miss this workshop! You will learn about the relationship between volts, amps and ohms, and how to apply this information to your tractor back home. You will learn how to install points and condensers as well as how to use a timing light. The focus of the workshop will be on understanding the ignition system and troubleshooting with a voltmeter, rather than the expensive and frustrating “trial and error” method. Two helpful worksheets will be used to transfer theory of operation to practical “hands on” diagnosis in the field.

Tom Donahy

Tom Donahy owns the first homestead in the State of Kansas. He taught auto mechanics for twenty-three years, specializing in ignition, charging and starting, fuel systems and emission controls. He has worked in a Ford dealership, as well as a number of independent repair shops including one of his own. In addition to farming 1,000 acres, he has been a college-level history professor focusing on the American Civil War. Tom owns a 1952 water pump A, 60, 530, 630, and a 1971 Model 4020.

E-SERIES HIT and MISS ENGINES – John Boyens and Rie Faulk

Meet author and “E” expert, Rie Faulk, and John Boyens, the magneto and gas engine guru, to learn about the history, different models, and the workings of the most iconic gas engine line in John Deere history.

John Boyens

Born and raised in northeast Iowa, John spent most of his school years working on the family farm and a neighboring farm outside of Lamont. Growing up on the farm provided him with the opportunity to work on many different types of machinery and even create a few. Through clubs and projects, John was able to refine his mechanical skills and finally begin working on his own toys. After high school, he joined the Air Force where he could broaden his skills to work with aircraft. Many moves and years later he settled in the Quad Cities area with his wife, Jan, and chose the career path of a tool and die maker. John got into the hobby of antique gas engines in the early 70’s, and now has collected over 20 engines and one tractor. He started JWB Machine & Magneto in 2002. John enjoys going on tractor rides in his spare time.

Rie Faulk

Rie and his dad started collecting engines in 1978, and started seriously collecting John Deere’s in 1980. After much research and several trips to the Deere archives, he wrote a book, John Deere Type “E” Gas Engines, Development and Variations. Rie currently lives near Fort Wayne, IN.

ENGINE HEADS and COOLING SYSTEMS – Bill & Jared Dies

Here’s an important topic that will be of much interest to “Gathering” attendees. Join this experienced father-son team, who operate their own radiator and automotive service business, for an interesting discussion of your tractor's cooling system. Topics will include radiator and engine head inspection, diagnosis and repair. Head and valve rebuilding tips will also be covered, as well as currently available coolant types, which will be compared and contrasted. Put this workshop on your list and come with questions.

Bill & Jared Dies

Bill was raised on a dairy farm in Scott County, IA. He began doing mechanical work at age 11 in addition to his regular farm chores. He is a graduate of North Scott High School and graduated from Universal Trades School of Auto Mechanics. Bill continues to perform graduate work at the school of hard knocks. Before opening Bill's Radiator and Automotive Service, he worked as a mechanic making repairs on cars, trucks and tractors, and has also worked as an emergency mechanic for a petrochemical company. Bill opened Bill's Radiator and Automotive Service in 1973, and in 2008 he sold the business to his youngest son, Jared. Jared was raised in DeWitt and grew up helping his dad at the shop working on different types of automobiles and machinery. He took an interest in auto mechanics early on and has been working at the shop for over 20 years. Bill and Jared specialize in restoring and rebuilding radiators, and have worked on nearly every type of two-cylinder John Deere head, which have come from at least 14 different states and two countries.

FARMING in AUSTRALIA – Dallas Law

What are the challenges and opportunities of farming in a land of extreme environments? What are the obstacles confronting the Australian farmer? How is it different from farming in America? What can we learn from the cross-pollination of farming practices and methods? Australia is a land of varying and diverse environments. It is a challenge and a struggle to maintain viable farms. Drought, health of soil and feral pests, such as rabbits, create daily difficulties for the Aussie farmer. This workshop will cover the daily adversities and how Dallas overcomes them. He will address such topics as -
  • Comparison of agriculture here and there
  • Variation in commodities, land subsidies on pricing
  • Differences in Aussie and American regulations
  • Environmental regulations’ effect on farming
  • Genetic modification/use of chemicals
Ambitious agenda? Sounds like a meaty menu? It is! There will be something for every farmer’s appetite. Learn how farming “down under” can put your farm on top!

Dallas Law

Dallas is a John Deere enthusiast, experienced mechanic and farmer of sugar cane, soy beans and avocados. As such, you know he is not afraid to get his hands dirty! This will be Dallas’ fourth trip to the Gathering of the Green. When you consider the nearly 20 hours of air travel and changes in time zones over 10,000 miles, you know Dallas is committed to John Deere and to the Gathering.

FUELS, OILS and LUBRICANTS – Brad Thomas

Brad will provide a little history of the changes to oils over the past years, and the challenges they present to the owners of older equipment. He will also discuss the changes in lubricants and how they apply to the older machines. Gasohol and biodiesel will also be discussed.

Brad Thomas

Brad was born and raised in the Quad Cities area, and has been in the oil business for 35 years. He has a passion for old tractors of any color, including a few Deere’s.

GP RESTORATION – Cork Groth

In this workshop, Cork will share some of the techniques he has learned during many GP restorations. Some examples include – removing stuck pistons; replacing the leaking felt seals with modern seals; getting proper lubrication to the governor; carburetor and magneto rebuilding; P.T.O. and mechanical lift rebuilding; rabbeting and machining main and rod bearings; getting the slop out of the clutch linkage; brake relining; proper tappet adjustment; and the list goes on. Please bring your GP questions and Cork will do his best to answer them.

Cork Groth

You will find Cork to be an interesting and entertaining workshop presenter. He is a well-known expert in his special fields of interest – John Deere GP tractors and their carburetors. Born and raised on a farm in Scott County, IA, Cork graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and while there conducted a research study on carburetors. He operates his own full-time business, “Cork’s Tractor Trauma Center,” where he rebuilds carburetors and magnetos in his machine shop. He loves the challenge of the “odd and unusual,” but admits that at any given time even the most common carbs and mags can be the “most challenging” of all. He is willing to tackle any carburetor or magneto from any antique tractor, as well as “ground-up” restorations of the GP Series tractors. Cork and his wife, Eileen, live in Eldridge, IA. Eileen is the one you are most likely to reach when you call. Don’t be surprised and hang up if you get the answering machine with the message, “You have reached Buttons-n-More and Carburetor Cork, either button up or sputter out at the beep…you’ve got the right number!

GPS: What It Is and How It Works – Steve Corban

Have you ever wondered how a round globe on the top of a tractor can allow it to drive itself through a field? We'll start by looking at how some satellites above the earth can tell us where we're at, how all the different options for accuracy levels work, and why you'd choose one option over another. We'll then cover the various applications of GPS in agriculture, including steering, mapping, and implement controls.

Steve Corban

Steve Corban is a Senior Product Engineer at the John Deere Development Center in Silvis, IL. Over his 8-year career at GCHPDC, he's worked on various automation and technology projects for combines including AutoTrac, RowSense, and yield mapping. He's a 2010 Ag Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois. He also farms with his uncle and cousin on the side.

HISTORY of BARNS – Rick Collins

Join master timber frame contractor, Rick Collins, for an interesting look into the history of barns. Rick will discuss timber framing methods as well as deconstructing, reconstructing, and moving existing barns. He will feature the story of a barn built just 30 miles from the Quad Cities in 2009.

Rick Collins

Rick has been an avid supporter of the Timber Framers Guild over the last decade, and during that time served on the Board of Directors for six years in all positions except Secretary. He has also strongly supported the TFG in its FDOL approvers Apprenticeship/Journey worker program, and since 2001 has hosted eight Guild training events in Illinois, some of which have involved intensive barn restorations and new barn constructions using age-old timber framing techniques. Rick began his construction career in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1990, and received a B.S. in Wood Science in 1995 from the University of Illinois. Since 1996 he has been self-employed, owning and operating Trillium Dell Timberworks, one of the finest and most diverse timber frame companies in North America. Trillium Dell Timberworks regularly works on restoration projects in the US and abroad that include churches, courthouses and log cabins, as well as timber frame barns and houses. Rick also takes on apprentices from England, France, and Germany, and is a member of England’s professional trade group, Carpenters Fellowship. He travels to Europe and South America frequently to study the traditions and techniques that shaped the timber building legacy in the Americas, and to learn from existing structures that predate the European conquest. Besides a fantastic office support staff of three, Trillium Dell Timberworks currently has ten carpenters, of which two are registered apprentices and three journey workers, a companion from France and several US interns. Trillium Dell Timberworks regularly takes on small- to full-scale restoration projects, as well as new timber frame construction and the occasional piece of furniture or other woodworking project. Rick has regularly presented programs on conservation and preservation for the last 16 years, writes frequently for trade journals, and is working on his first book. Rick often consults nationwide on conservation, restoration, and new construction issues relating to timber framing.

IN-DEPTH ASSESSMENT of a TWO-CYLINDER TRACTOR for RESTORATION – Tony Knobbe and Mike Williams

For the past few Gatherings Tony and helpers have done a basic assessment and teardown of a tractor when considering a purchase and/or restoration. This time he will do a more in-depth analysis of the engine components such as valves, head, block, cylinder walls, pistons, and crankshaft, and then determine the level of repair/machining necessary to bring the beast back to life. He will then delve into an in-depth discussion of the two-cylinder clutch, including its design, common problems and diagnosis. Tony will bring his newly created cutaway of a John Deere Model B clutch, fashioned so that we can all see the inner workings of this mysterious beast. The workshop is sure to have you itching to grab a wrench and dive in.

Tony Knobbe

Tony grew up on an all-John Deere grain and livestock farm in western Iowa, but he had spent his entire adult career as a banker for Wells Fargo Bank. Tony retired in 2015, but soon thereafter was called upon to enter politics, and is now serving as Chairman of the Scott County (Iowa) Board of Supervisors. His tractor collection includes the John Deere Model 60 that his dad bought new in 1956, which he recently fully restored. Other tractors include three un-styled models, including a Model A that he and his son restored from the ground up several years ago. Round out the lot with a 3010 Diesel and a newly acquired 4010 Diesel that he uses around his acreage for loader work and his twenty-acre farming operation with partner Les Shollenberger. Tony has been active in the Deer Valley Collectors, one of the four sponsoring “Gathering” clubs, having served as president. He currently serves as Chairman of the “Gathering of the Green.”

Mike Williams

Mike was born in 1937 in Mt. Carroll, IL. After serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the late 50’s, he entered into a partnership with his father in a John Deere dealership in the early 60’s. Upon the death of his father, the business was sold as part of the estate settlement. Mike served an apprenticeship with a machine shop and welding firm in Clinton, IA, and obtained a National Board of Underwriters Certification for Repair and Modification of Pressure Vessels, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and American Petroleum Institute (API) certifications for pressure vessel and process pipe work. He retired from Starbuck Machinery Co., a design, build and maintenance providing firm for the bottling and packaging industry, and is currently providing machine and welding services for John Deere collectors worldwide. Self-described as a “lifelong John Deere nut,” Mike’s favorite tractor is the Model D, but all green and yellow machinery and tractors have a great deal of interest for him.

JOHN DEERE CRAWLERS – Chris Aspegren

This workshop will include a brief history of the John Deere crawlers and their evolution into the construction market, from Deere’s purchase of the Lindeman factory to becoming one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction equipment. Beyond a brief history, this workshop will discuss the process of purchasing a crawler through its complete restoration. In addition, Chris will address some of the needed specialty shop tools and some tricks of the trade to restoring a crawler. Some examples are as follows: removing master track pins, removing and rebuilding final drives, repairing direction reversers, rebuilding track rollers, examining drive sprockets, removing stubborn bolts, and fabricating linkage. Come prepared with any questions you may have, and Chris will do his best to answer them.

Chris Aspegren

Chris is a project manager for a major road building company in northern Illinois. His interest in John Deere crawlers began as a small child watching road construction projects while growing up on a horse ranch. After restoring several standard tread tractors, Chris purchased a Model 40 crawler at the age of 15 without any knowledge of crawlers. Over the last 15 years, Chris purchased and restored six crawlers, from a BO Lindeman to a 440 ICD. His crawlers have appeared on several calendars, including John Deere’s 2009 dealer calendar and the "Green Magazine" 2010 (1954) calendar. Chris’s 440 ICD appeared on the cover of "Two-Cylinder" magazine, in addition to being used as a model in the construction of the Ertl 440 model toy crawler.

JOHN DEERE MODEL B TRACTOR SERIES: Running Changes – Bruce Johnson

This workshop will cover the ongoing changes on the Model B tractors, including the factory accessories that were available. Bruce will show all the serial number breaks for major changes, along with the minor changes throughout the production of the Model B. In addition, he’ll discuss the different wheel options and at what point certain features were added such as the temperature gauges and shutters.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, and is a graduate of Kishwaukee College where he received an Associate Degree in Agricultural Mechanics. After graduation, Bruce worked for a John Deere dealer as a mechanic and as a service manager. He restored his first tractor, an unstyled John Deere B, over 30 years ago. The tractor was given to him by his father, Ralph Johnson, a prominent International Harvester collector and restorer. Since that first unstyled Model B, Bruce has built a collection of thirteen different unstyled Model B tractors. He has restored many other tractors and has had at least one example of his handiwork at most of the Two-Cylinder Club Expos. Bruce works as a project engineer for a major food company, and is also serving as a Two-Cylinder Technical Council representative, specializing in the Model B. He regularly fields phone calls and emails from collectors seeking information on their Deere tractors.

The JOHN DEERE MODEL H TRACTOR – Dan Price

This workshop will focus on the John Deere Model H tractor. Topics will include background on the development of the H, features and details of the tractor, production numbers and war-time effects on production, tests at the Nebraska Testing Laboratory, and evolution of the tractor and parts changes over its production life. Optional equipment will be discussed including the unique Power Lift for the H and related patent information, as well as the power shaft variations, fenders, electrical options, etc. Wheel weights, wheel and tire information, and part number changes will be discussed as part of the presentation. There will be a discussion of the other versions of the H including the HN, the HWH, and the HNH. Some of the implements intended for use with the Model H will be identified and discussed. Much of the information that will be presented is probably already known to many of the workshop audience, but it is likely that many facts and details presented aren’t commonly known and will be of interest to those desiring to know more about the John Deere H – the smallest and the last of the Waterloo two-cylinder letter model tractors.

Dan Price

Dan was born and raised on a diversified farm in scenic northeast Iowa. His father and uncle shared labor between their two farms, and Dan’s only direct exposure to John Deere during his youth was his uncle’s old Model A. The A was tired and neglected, but it was a tough old beast and refused to die despite some abuse heaped on it by Dan during haying and corn picking seasons. That was his first realization that two-cylinder tractors were built to take it. Dan left the farm and acquired an AAS in Mechanical Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, both from Iowa State University. He was drafted and served in the US Army for two years. As an engineer, Dan has designed overhead traveling bridge cranes, monorails, and other specialized material handling systems for over 40 years, and his company furnishes such equipment to many Deere facilities, including all of the Waterloo and Moline facilities, as well as the Des Moines Works, Ottumwa Works, and others. Dan acquired his Model H tractor from the original owner back in the mid 1970’s. That tractor celebrated its 72nd birthday in 2013, and he has now owned it longer than the original owner. Dan has a particular interest in the evolution of the Model H tractor over the years of production. Dan and his wife have four children and four grandchildren, and live about 15 miles north of Waterloo, IA, the home of two-cylinder John Deere tractors.

JOHN DEERE POWR-TROL SYSTEMS – Dan Brotzman

This workshop will include general information on the Powr-Trol System, including how the system – pumps, valves, rockshaft and cylinders – works, adjustments and basic maintenance.

Dan Brotzman

Dan has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past twenty-five years with restoration tips. Dan is currently ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. His initial certification was granted in 1975, and he has kept current through scheduled testing with ASE. Dan began collecting and restoring two-cylinder John Deere tractors in 1980, and in the mid-1990’s began collecting and restoring New Generation tractors. He has completed many “frame with an empty transmission case” restorations on two-cylinder and New Generation tractors. Dan describes restoring tractors as his working retirement. In 2006, he published a John Deere New Generation serial number guide. For a time, he bought everything John Deere he could (especially corn planters). He thought he would save them from the iron scrappers. Most of the implements have been liquidated and he now focuses on a few of his John Deere tractors -- unstyled A, 4020D, 70D, and 40S. He is currently liquidating the last of his John Deere plow collection to focus on A. C. Gilbert Erector Sets.

JOHN DEERE SNOWMOBILES – Darren Redding

Deere & Company has manufactured and/or sold many products throughout its history. One of the interesting ventures was into snowmobiles, which were designed and built from 1972 to 1984. Join Darren Redding, experienced collector of John Deere snowmobiles, as he reviews the history of JD snowmobiles from introduction to the company’s exit from the market. In addition, he will talk about the interesting features of the various models produced, as well as the story of the Deere racing team. Plan to attend this session which Gathering planners hope will expand your knowledge of all things Deere.

Darren Redding

Born in 1969, Darren is a native of Kokomo, IN, and the son of a John Deere mechanic, so tractors and John Deere equipment of all types have been a part of his life from the beginning. Darren has a degree in horticulture from Vincennes University and a degree in agribusiness from Northwest Oklahoma State University. He served in the US Army and is a Desert Storm veteran. After working for Chrysler Corporation for eleven years, Darren started his own business, DMR Lawncare LLC, a full-scale lawn maintenance and landscaping company. With John Deere green and yellow in his veins, he began restoring tractors with his dad in 1993. Since then, Darren has assembled a significant collection of full-size tractors, lawn tractors and snowmobiles, and now specializes in old John Deere snow machines. You will see his articles in "Lawn & Garden Collector” magazine, which he writes with the assistance of his dad, Mark. Darren enjoys lawn and garden equipment and does considerable research on this aspect of the hobby. He is the other half of Redding Farm Toys. Darren and his wife, Polly, have one daughter, Emilee.

JOHN DEERE TWO-CYLINDER DIESEL TRACTOR REPAIR & RESTORATION – Albert Ulrich

This workshop is intended to be as informational as possible for those interested in the total repair and restoration of the John Deere diesel tractor. The information to be presented is based on Albert Ulrich’s experience over the years of having completely disassembled and reassembled many of these tractors of different models in all states of disrepair and operating condition … to the point of having to remanufacture some parts which are unavailable today. These tractors, upon completion, were work-ready for the farm, or show-ready. The tractors were all equal to the day they were manufactured, and some had been tweaked and restored beyond the capabilities of their day of complete manufacture. Albert’s session will be filled with important information and of help to all who attend. Come with your questions.

Albert Ulrich

Renaissance Tractor became the third facet in the total business entity of Ulrich Trucking, Inc. and Crane Service in late 1999. A new shop building with overhead hoist, diesel fuel room and additional machinery necessary for complete repair, overhaul and restoration became a reality. A large storage building was added to house additional tractors and for parts and inventory with the goal of supporting and enhancing sales of parts and whole tractors. Auctions were attended, and inventory acquired, and the nucleus of a sound basic business was up and running. Ongoing work with these old and newer tractors and the ability to totally disassemble and reassemble these machines has allowed for improvements and a product ready for work, show or play as they go out the door. Some new parts have become a requirement when NOS or good used ones are not available. Albert is attending this year’s Gathering with the intention of sharing his expertise as he interacts with the inquiring minds of John Deere two-cylinder and New Generation enthusiasts.

“LA” TRACTOR ASSEMBLY and START-UP – Dale & Dwayne Ridenour and John Hoffman

You will probably never find three people more knowledgeable on the John Deere 62 through LA tractors than these gentlemen. To demonstrate this expertise, they will start with the basic components of a tractor, completely assemble it, and get it running. This will be a great way to pick up the tips and tricks needed for your restoration. Along the way, they will answer any questions you might have about the history of the tractors and implements that go with these little machines.

John Hoffman

John was born and raised on a dairy farm in Huntley, IL. His John Deere collecting started over twenty years ago when he met his wife to be, Brenda. Her father, Harold Dobbratz, had a start on the L Series tractor, and John took off from there, slowly adding to the collection, which he has now completed. His first restoration was actually a 1951 John Deere R. He then decided to start tackling the L Series, beginning with the John Deere Model 62 and on through the L's. John has restored the Model 62, the unstyled L, the Styled L, and the LI. John has also restored a 1922 Waterloo Boy, which will be on display at the Gathering. These were frame-up restorations ranging from the parts to the mechanics.

LAWN and GARDEN TRACTORS: Repair and Restoration – Darren Redding

Deere & Company began producing lawn tractors in 1963, and has since has become a major player in all segments of the turf maintenance field. With almost fifty years in the market, there have been many “Little Deere” models manufactured, and Darren Redding has a large number of them in his collection. Not only does he collect the venerable little machines, he restores them and knows their history too! Join Darren for a trip back into the history of the “Little Deere’s” as they share information on specific models, including the collectable ones. This year Darren will devote more of this session to the repair and restoration of these machines. Bring your technical questions!

Darren Redding

Born in 1969, Darren is a native of Kokomo, IN, and the son of a John Deere mechanic, so tractors and John Deere equipment of all types have been a part of his life from the beginning. Darren has a degree in horticulture from Vincennes University and a degree in agribusiness from Northwest Oklahoma State University. He served in the US Army and is a Desert Storm veteran. After working for Chrysler Corporation for eleven years, Darren started his own business, DMR Lawncare LLC, a full-scale lawn maintenance and landscaping company. With John Deere green and yellow in his veins, he began restoring tractors with his dad in 1993. Since then, Darren has assembled a significant collection of full-size tractors, lawn tractors and snowmobiles, and now specializes in old John Deere snow machines. You will see his articles in "Lawn & Garden Collector magazine," which he writes with the assistance of his dad, Mark. Darren enjoys lawn and garden equipment and does considerable research on this aspect of the hobby. He is the other half of Redding Farm Toys. Darren and his wife, Polly, have one daughter, Emilee.

LOCTITE PRODUCTS – Brad Perkins

Longtime Loctite expert, Brad Perkins, will describe the many excellent Loctite products available to tractor restorers, as well as share the procedures of proper application of these products. Topics will include threadlockers, gasketing products and adhesives. The presentation will include Loctite product features, benefits and typical applications on John Deere machinery, as well as package availability. In addition, Brad will discuss the newest maintenance and repair products available from the company. A leaking tractor is an issue with every restorer, so this workshop is an important and timely one.

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins lives in Cedar Rapids, IA, and is a graduate of Coe College. He has worked for Henkel Corporation as a salesman for Loctite brand products since 1999, and has been a workshop leader at several Gathering conferences. Brad’s sales territory covers eastern Iowa and the Quad Cities, including all of Deere & Company’s production and engineering facilities in this area. His territory also includes all John Deere dealerships in eastern Iowa.

LP TRACTORS – Art & Scott Fellows

Participants will be educated on the proper way to restore an LP cylinder with the liquid propane system. Participants will gain better knowledge on dealing with their liquid propane provider and places to get parts for your project. Two-cylinder, as well as New Generation tractors, will be covered.

Art Fellows

Arthur Fellows is now enjoying retirement. He has been involved in farm safety for many years. As a volunteer fireman for 46 years, he developed and conducted the first farm rescue program for first responders in New York State. His experience as a dairy farmer for many years turned him into a lover and restorer of John Deere tractors, equipment and Syracuse plows.

Scott Fellows

Scott Fellows is a paid firefighter in Fairfax County, VA. He also worked in the welding supply/propane industry for 17 years. The last 18 years he has concentrated on propane delivery and installation. He has enjoyed restoring many tractors with his father, including a 1955 propane Model 60.

MAGNETOS and DISTRIBUTORS: Theories & Problems – John Boyens

This session will cover how a magneto works from the “ground” level to give the magneto novice a chance to learn the “+” and “-“ of magnetos. The focus of the session will be on the general procedures for repairing the various magnetos used on John Deere tractors and engines up through the 1950’s. Information will be provided on what magneto belongs on what tractor by serial number. There will be examples of all the different types utilized, and some of the not-so-utilized and common replacements, and the pros and cons of each. John will also address the theory, common problems and repairs on distributors. Advance mechanisms will also be covered. If you ever had questions about mags, this is the time to ask them.

John Boyens

Born and raised in northeast Iowa, John spent most of his school years working on the family farm and a neighboring farm outside of Lamont. Growing up on the farm provided him with the opportunity to work on many different types of machinery and even create a few. Through clubs and projects, he was able to refine his mechanical skills and finally begin working on his own toys. After high school, he joined the Air Force where he could broaden his skills to work with aircraft. Many moves and years later he settled in the Quad Cities with his wife, Jan, and chose the career path of a tool and die maker. John got into the hobby of antique gas engines in the early 70’s, and now has collected over 20 engines and one tractor. He started JWB Machine & Magneto in 2002. John enjoys going on tractor rides in his spare time.

The MODEL M TRACTOR – Charlie Thompson

Deere and Company has always been in the forefront of research, development and manufacture of farm machinery. Nowhere is that more evident than in the evolution of the John Deere Model M. Designed to replace the L and LA, its purpose was to give the small farmer more power. Deere began research on the M in 1942. Late in 1943, a prototype Model 69 was being built. By spring 1944, the prototype was finished. Experimental prototypes of the M, such as the XM-14 and XM-09 were tested. In spring 1947, the M project was completed, and the first one rolled off the assembly line. Charlie Thompson is an expert on the development of the M. In fact, Charles has two rare prototypes – the XM-14 and XM-09 in his collection. This workshop is for all interested in John Deere history and their launching of a new model tractor.

Charlie Thompson

Charlie was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. In 1966, his parents auctioned off the farm; however, Charlie has never lost his interest and enthusiasm for tractors. His passion for all types and colors of tractors began when he was just 5 years old. In addition to his two rare prototypes, Charlie includes in his collection a rainbow of tractor brands and colors. He is quick to acknowledge; however, that the John Deere GP’s are his favorites. Charlie knows the importance of tractor assemblies like the Gathering of the Green. As a founding member of Central Wisconsin Tractor Club and a member of the Fox Valley Two Cylinder Club, tractor talk is in his DNA!

MOLDBOARD PLOW SETUP: “The Perfect Furrow” – David Wolfe and Tyler Buchheit

Join authors and plow enthusiasts David Wolfe and Tyler Buchheit for this workshop that will focus on the tractor-type moldboard plows built in the two-cylinder and early New Gen era. This workshop will cover pull-type plows, as well as the semi-integral type, with a tractor and plow in a simulated plowing position. Plow setup will be the main focus. Depth, vertical, horizontal, and coulter adjustments will be covered as well as tractor wheel position and weight transfer. This will be a hands-on session working with a real tractor and plow. Actual adjustments will be made by assistants during the workshop. A general question and answer session will follow.

David Wolfe

David Wolfe operates heavy equipment for a living. David and his wife, Betty, also have a book business called Beda Company …”Be” is for Betty, and “da” is for David. David has written two books: Plows and Plowing and The John Deere Moldboard Tractor Plow, 1914-1960, that he is selling through Beda Company. Dave and Betty's son, Dennis, is manufacturing some new plow-lever parts and is making a plow setup video. These will be available through Beda Company. David started working on tractors and implements as soon as he could carry a wrench and has not stopped. He presently collects, repairs, restores and sets up John Deere plows. He has more than 80 plows in his collection, and no two of them are the same. About 50 of his plows are field-ready.

Tyler Buchheit

Tyler grew up on a 5th generation family farm in the beautiful rolling hills of southeast Missouri. He now lives in southwestern Illinois with his wife, Teresa, and children Adeline (9), Annie (6), Zachary (3), and Eleanor (1). His educational background includes two undergraduate degrees – one in agribusiness and the second in German language. He worked for a John Deere dealer in the parts department during college for two years, and he later worked in John Deere equipment sales. After a foray into a 10-year career in healthcare marketing and sales, Tyler decided to return to his roots working in agriculture. Tyler is presently working for an aftermarket agriculture parts company as a territory manager covering five states. He completely restored a Model 520 LP and a Model 60 Row-Crop, and mechanically restored a 1952 Model B and 1958 Model 720 Diesel and enjoys using the 1968 Model 4020D with which he grew up and has added a Model 148 loader. His favorite tractor is his Model 720 Diesel Row-Crop because of the sheer ruggedness and power. His main focus is on 20 and 30 Series two-cylinder tractors; however, he tries his hand on most any repair project, which doesn't require a laptop plugin to diagnose. He enjoys using his two-cylinders for more than just parades and shows, as his real passion is moldboard plowing. He has written "The Young Timer" articles published monthly in “Green Magazine” for the past 11 years. If you visit his website, MrBtractors.com, you'll quickly learn that he's Tyler "The Plow Guy" and sells used and new parts for John Deere Disk and Moldboard plows. Tyler really enjoys helping folks get the most out of their John Deere plows.

NEW GENERATION ELECTRICAL – Dan Brotzman

With the introduction of the New Generation tractors in 1960, John Deere made a great advancement in farm tractors. Dan will cover the basics, diagnostics and repair of the New Gen electrical systems. From reading his articles in “Green Magazine,” you know Dan is a great problem solver who offers excellent solutions to the challenges we often encounter when working on these great tractors.

Dan Brotzman

Dan has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past twenty-five years with restoration tips. Dan is currently ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. His initial certification was granted in 1975, and he has kept current through scheduled testing with ASE. Dan began collecting and restoring two-cylinder John Deere tractors in 1980, and in the mid-1990’s began collecting and restoring New Generation tractors. He has completed many “frame with an empty transmission case” restorations on two-cylinder and New Generation tractors. Dan describes restoring tractors as his working retirement. In 2006, he published a John Deere New Generation serial number guide. For a time, he bought everything John Deere he could (especially corn planters). He thought he would save them from the iron scrappers. Most of the implements have been liquidated and he now focuses on a few of his John Deere tractors -- unstyled A, 4020D, 70D and 40S. He is currently liquidating the last of his John Deere plow collection to focus on A. C. Gilbert Erector Sets.

NEW GENERATION ENGINES – Mark Redding

Deere & Company sponsored a 50th anniversary celebration of the introduction of the New Generation tractors in September 2010. The program included historical information from several of the people involved in the planning, design and manufacture of these revolutionary tractors. 50 years!! New Generation tractors are antiques and are popular with hundreds of John Deere enthusiasts everywhere. To that end, we have asked longtime John Deere mechanic, restorer and collector, Mark Redding, to discuss the engines in these ground-breaking tractors. His presentation will also address the change from two-cylinder to multi-cylinder engines and Deere Days in Dallas. Gathering attendees who are into New Gen tractors or just thinking about it should plan to attend this session.

Mark Redding

Mark Redding was raised on a farm in Howard County near the little town of Burlington, IN, so his involvement with tractors comes naturally. At age 14 he bought his first tractor, a JD Model H, and after graduating from high school in 1963, Mark worked for the local John Deere dealer, Howard County Equipment, as a mechanic for eight years. Most of his long career was working for Chrysler Corporation, retiring in 2003. Mark is a Desert Storm veteran, having served in the US Army Reserves for thirty-two years, and is understandably proud of his service to the United States. After a motorcycle accident in 1991, he began collecting and restoring antique tractors. His first restoration was a 1969 Model 630, which was the beginning of a long association with his son, Darren, who together have made John Deere a way of life. In 1993, Mark and Darren started Redding Farm Toys, a sideline company restoring JD tractors, lawn and garden tractors and snowmobiles. Because of his early introduction to and work on New Generation tractors, he specializes in these now antique and still beautiful machines. Mark’s skills are not limited to New Gen tractors as he is well-schooled in JD lawn and garden tractors too. Mark and his wife, Vicki, reside in Burlington, IN, where he owns and operates Redding Mowing Service.

NEW GENERATION HYDRAULICS – Ronnie Peters

In this workshop Ronnie will attempt to explain and simplify the mysteries of the New Generation hydraulic system. He will cover the system from front-to-back including the main pump, steering motor, steering valve, rear pump, rockshaft, remote cylinder valves and finally the hydraulic brakes. Bring your questions and problems that you have, and Ronnie will do his best to answer them.

Ronnie Peters

Ronnie grew up on the farm and pursued that occupation until he was 24 years old. At that time, he became a tractor mechanic. Early on he worked on Case and IH tractors, and then moved to Deere. He was the service manager at the Deere dealership in DeWitt, IA for ten years until he opened his own shop in 2005. He is not a big “collector,” but has a Farmall C, a Cub Cadet, a 2520 and a 4430 around the farm. He has owned ten 4020’s over the years, but people kept stopping by and offering him lots of money to part with them.

NOTES from a JOHN DEERE TIN BENDER – Gene & Drew Holmes

You think it’s hard to straighten your sheet metal! Gene Holmes spent 34 years at the John Deere Downtown Tractor Works (now the Component Works) with visits to the northeast site tractor assembly and Product Engineering Center (PEC). He started in the tool grinding department, was accepted into the John Deere tool and die apprenticeship, spent 21 years in tool and die making, and the remainder of his time at Deere as a tool supervisor. You’ll hear about the history of sheet metal tooling changes, difficult parts, and the trials and tribulations of new parts production, including assemblies such as the two-cylinder orchard parts, fenders, 30 Series bumped out nose, and the New Generation gas tank and hood. If you’re interested in what’s going on related to producing a tractor, don’t miss this one.

Gene Holmes

Gene Holmes lived in many towns around Iowa, but settled down in Waterloo during high school. He spent five years in the Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Korea. Gene spent thirty-four years at the Deere & Company Downtown Tractor Works (now the Component Works) along with job-related visits to the northeast site tractor assembly factory and Product Engineering Center (PEC). He started in the tool grinding department, and then was accepted into the John Deere tool and die apprenticeship, spending twenty-one years as a tool & die maker, and the remainder of his time at Deere as a tool supervisor. Gene is married with three children – and tractors are in the family. Gene is joined by his son, Drew, who owns a beautiful Model R, and is a John Deere enthusiast through and through.

SAFETY TRIP STANDARDS – Tyler Buchheit

Tyler’s presentation topics will include – “A Magicians Guide to the John Deere Safety Trip Standard,” “Saving the Plow One Trip at a Time,” “How They Work & Why They Won't,” “What to Look for When Buying or Assessing Your Purchase,” “How to Disassemble (Without Being a Houdini),” and “How to Make Them Work Without Tripping for No Good Reason.” If you have a John Deere plow made between 1955-1977 and it has safety trip standards this seminar is for you. Bring along your best top hat, white rabbit, and magic wand, or perhaps just a few good questions.

Tyler Buchheit

Tyler grew up on a 5th generation family farm in the beautiful rolling hills of southeast Missouri. He now lives in southwestern Illinois with his wife, Teresa, and children Adeline (9), Annie (6), Zachary (3), and Eleanor (1). His educational background includes two undergraduate degrees – one in agribusiness and the second in German language. He worked for a John Deere dealer in the parts department during college for two years, and he later worked in John Deere equipment sales. After a foray into a 10-year career in healthcare marketing and sales, Tyler decided to return to his roots working in agriculture. Tyler is presently working for an aftermarket agriculture parts company as a territory manager covering five states. He completely restored a Model 520 LP and a Model 60 Row-Crop, and mechanically restored a 1952 Model B and 1958 Model 720 Diesel and enjoys using the 1968 Model 4020D with which he grew up and has added a Model 148 loader. His favorite tractor is his Model 720 Diesel Row-Crop because of the sheer ruggedness and power. His main focus is on 20 and 30 Series two-cylinder tractors; however, he tries his hand on most any repair project, which doesn't require a laptop plugin to diagnose. He enjoys using his two-cylinders for more than just parades and shows, as his real passion is moldboard plowing. He has written "The Young Timer" articles published monthly in “Green Magazine” for the past 11 years. If you visit his website, MrBtractors.com, you'll quickly learn that he's Tyler "The Plow Guy" and sells used and new parts for John Deere Disk and Moldboard plows. Tyler really enjoys helping folks get the most out of their John Deere plows.

SAFETY WHILE WORKING on YOUR TRACTOR – Scott Fellows

This session will focus on being safe while working on your tractor, and will include ways to make a safe shop that won't break the bank. We will look at small "Harry homeowner" to large dealer shops. Safety in the field and safe trailering practices will also be discussed. We hope to give you many ideas on better safety practices, and where to find economical shop equipment.

Scott Fellows

Scott Fellows is a paid firefighter in Fairfax County, VA. He also worked in the welding supply/propane industry for 17 years. The last 18 years he has concentrated on propane delivery and installation. He has enjoyed restoring many tractors with his father, including a 1955 propane Model 60.

SEALS: Types and Applications – Jim VanBergen

What is a double-lip seal? What is a V-pack? These and many other questions will be answered in this session on seals. Topics covered will include hydraulic cylinder sealing, wheel and axle seals, shaft seals, and repair and replacement of seals. Bring all the questions you can!

Jim VanBergen

Jim is the owner and President of VB Seals, located in Ames, IA. VB Seals is a distributor of seals and sealing products, being in business since 1989. Jim has been in the seal business for 40 years representing and selling for many of the leading seal manufacturers, such as Chicago Rawhide, Freudenberg, Parker, SKF, Hallite, T-Lon, Saint Gobain, Greene Tweed, and Trelleborg. VB Seals covers all areas of sealing needs for a variety of customers, primarily in the north central United States, but does reach out globally as opportunities arise. Some of VB Seals key customers are John Deere, Rockwell and Quincy Compressor.

STARTING, CHARGING & LIGHTING: 24 Volt Systems – Tom Donahy

The John Deere-Delco system used on these tractors presented some unique challenges. This workshop will show how the system is similar to the familiar 12-volt system and how it is different. He will explain how the system works along with practical troubleshooting techniques, including polarizing and full fielding the generator, along with diagnosing starter and lighting problems. Hopefully, this class will simplify this somewhat mysterious system.

Tom Donahy

Tom Donahy owns the first Homestead in the State of Kansas. He taught auto mechanics for twenty-three years, specializing in ignition, charging and starting, fuel systems and emission controls. He has worked in a Ford dealership, as well as a number of independent repair shops, including one of his own. In addition to farming 1,000 acres, he has been a college-level history professor focusing on the American Civil War. Tom owns a 1952 water pump A, 60, 530, 630, and a 1971 Model 4020.

From STEEL to RUBBER, EARLY DEERE WHEELS – Chris Adophs

Round spoke wheels were developed in the early 30's for use on tractors equipped with the "new" rubber tires of the era. They have long been prized by collectors and can add considerable value to a tractor. When were these wheels available? What wheel is appropriate for each model of tractor? Who made these wheels? What can I tell by the hub casting number? Chris has been collecting information about wheels and will attempt to answer these questions and more. He will also provide a usable reference to identify wheels produced for John Deere tractors from the 1930's and into the 40's.

Chris Adolphs

Chris was exposed to two-cylinder John Deere tractors at an early age on his grandparent’s farm. He also attended the first Two-Cylinder Expo in 1987 at the ripe age of three. His interest in antique tractors was rekindled a number of years ago when he and his dad brought home his Grandpa Adolphs' 1954 Model 50. Around the same time, his boss, Matt Dobbe, bought a couple of A's to work on during the winter. Chris was hooked and started looking for a tractor of his own. He purchased a GP that needed a lot of work from a good friend. While restoring the GP he took an interest in the unstyled tractors, and started collecting literature from that era. Chris has worked for GSA Turf Services for the last 13 years installing and servicing lawn sprinklers. He resides in rural Delmar, IA with his wife, Lindsay, and their son, Parker.

TIP SHOP: JOHN DEERE TWO-CYLINDER & NEW GENERATION TRACTORS – Dan Brotzman

Everyone can use some common sense and handy tips with tackling a restoration project. Dan will bring you just that type of thing with topics such as filling in unwanted holes in sheet metal, patching in rusted out sheet metal, heat shrinking sheet metal, wiring tips, plastic body filler versus lead body filler, making an engine sleeve puller, changing a rear tractor tire, splitting a New Generation tractor, and more. There will be something for everyone. From reading his articles in "Green Magazine," you know Dan is a great problem solver who offers excellent solutions.

Dan Brotzman

Dan has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past twenty-five years with restoration tips. Dan is currently ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. His initial certification was granted in 1975, and he has kept current through scheduled testing with ASE. Dan began collecting and restoring two-cylinder John Deere tractors in 1980, and in the mid-1990’s began collecting and restoring New Generation tractors. He has completed many “frame with an empty transmission case” restorations on two-cylinder and New Generation tractors. Dan describes restoring tractors as his working retirement. In 2006, he published a John Deere New Generation serial number guide. For a time, he bought everything John Deere he could (especially corn planters). He thought he would save them from the iron scrappers. Most of the implements have been liquidated and he now focuses on a few of his John Deere tractors -- unstyled A, 4020D, 70D and 40S. He is currently liquidating the last of his John Deere plow collection to focus on A. C. Gilbert Erector Sets.

TIRES – Todd Friedrich

One of the single highest-cost items in restoring a tractor is tires. Todd will provide info on the types of tires available for tractors and implements, and the availability of the older tread patterns. He will cover where the tires are manufactured, and the materials used to make them. Once you have the tires, you need to protect your investment, so Todd will cover proper mounting, air pressure and long-term maintenance.

Todd Friedrich

Todd was born in Stillwater, MN, but his family moved to a farm in Wisconsin where they raised hogs, cattle, corn, sunflowers and rye. He currently owns a farm, but does not farm it. He has a collection of forty tractors, including orchard models and high crops. Todd decided to get into the tire business when he couldn’t find the proper tires that he needed for his own restorations. He used his skills as a mechanical designer to design his own molds and have them made. He has been doing this for twelve years, and currently travels around the country to antique equipment shows selling his products.

TOYS, TRACTORS and IMPLEMENTS – Bill Proft

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in collecting toys or miniatures. Time will be spent on all aspects of collecting John Deere miniatures, with a specific focus on how John Deere “Generations of Power” are represented. Scales, manufacturers, types, materials, what’s collectible and what’s not, restoration, and suggestions on what the future holds for the hobby will all be discussed. Bill has been writing a toy column in "Green Magazine" for 19 years and looks forward to discussing the hobby as well as answering any questions that attendees may have.

Bill Proft

Bill has been collecting farm toys for over 45 years. While he did not actually grow up on a farm, both of his parents were born on dairy farms in north central Wisconsin. Bill and his brother spent many summers on their uncle’s farm in Edgar, WI. He also lived there for two years while attending college. The combination of having received toy tractors and equipment for birthdays and holidays, and an uncle, who encouraged interest in tractors, sparked his continued interest in collecting. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently employed as the Sr. Chief Engineer and Market Manager for Rescue Vehicles at Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, WI. While Bill’s current collection of miniatures is beyond the 300 mark, he also has a few “real” tractors including a 1935 D, 1935 BR, 1948 M, and a 1957 820. Bill has been writing toy articles for "Green Magazine" since April 1998.

TRACTION ENGINES to TRACTORS – David Wolfe

David Wolfe

David Wolfe operates heavy equipment for a living. David and his wife, Betty, also have a book business called Beda Company … ”Be” is for Betty, and “da” is for David. David has written two books: Plows and Plowing and The John Deere Moldboard Tractor Plow, 1914-1960, that he is selling through Beda Company. Dave and Betty's son, Dennis, is manufacturing some new plow-lever parts and is making a plow setup video. These will be available through Beda Company. David started working on tractors and implements as soon as he could carry a wrench and has not stopped. He presently collects, repairs, restores and sets up John Deere plows. He has more than 80 plows in his collection, and no two of them are the same. About 50 of his plows are field-ready.

TRACTOR and SHEET METAL RESTORATION, PREP & PAINTING – Dave Nelson

The first thing we see when we amble down rows of nicely restored tractors at a show is the sheet metal and paint. Just like first impressions, the quality of the restoration is often judged by the quality of the sheet metal repair and finishing. Join this longtime two-cylinder restorer and auto body professional as he takes you through the process of restoring and refinishing John Deere hoods, grilles and other sheet metal parts, including assessment, straightening and repair, metal finishing, rust treatment, filling, sanding, priming and painting. Dave will share helpful hints, dos and don’ts, important tools, types of paint, painting equipment, techniques and safety. You will be able to view a hood and grill at various stages of reconditioning along with a hands-on demonstration.

Dave Nelson

Dave resides on a small hobby farm southwest of St. Louis, complete with a workshop building that would be the envy of any restorer. He is a professional auto body craftsman who has worked in the field for twenty-five years. During the last few years his focus has been on Mercedes, BMW and Infinity automobiles, all the while restoring beautiful John Deere tractors in the restoration facility on his farm. Both of his grandparents were farmers, which fueled his early interest in tractors. At age nine, Dave’s grandfather bought a Farmall B that Dave drove home for the first time, never having driven a tractor before. Four years later, Dave, his brother, and grandfather restored and painted the old tractor. In 1989, Dave was exposed to the green and yellow and the distinctive sound of a two-cylinder tractor at a show…he was hooked! Within four years he had a collection of fifteen tractors and did his first complete restoration in 1991. Dave has been doing sheet metal work and painting for other people as well as for himself and family members. He recently formed his own tractor restoration firm – Agri-Crafts. Dave and his wife, Maureen, and three sons reside in rural New Haven, MO.

TWO-CYLINDER POWER STEERING – Richard Duane

In this workshop Richard will cover the basic operation, maintenance and rebuild of the two-cylinder power steering system. He will cover the typical problems, as well as “unknown problems,” that most restorers don’t consider. A discussion of valve body reboring and new spools will be included. Seal installation, such as with cylinder vane seals, will also be covered.

Richard Duane

Richard Duane was involved in vocational agriculture through high school in the mid-1950’s, and also overhauled and painted farm equipment used on his farm. He began a flying career in September 1963 that ended in 1994, after twenty-seven years with USAir. He never lost interest in John Deere farm equipment, and has been restoring and making reproduction parts to repair the same (i.e., grille screens and steering parts). Richard and his wife, Ruth Ann, reside in Stevensville, MD with their Chesapeake Bay retriever dog, “Khane.”

WHAT’S NEW from JORDE’S DECALS – Travis Jorde

The application of decals is usually the final task in the restoration process, and is very important in giving the tractor a distinctive, finished appearance. Travis Jorde has researched the decals used on John Deere tractors and implements, and has manufactured them under license since 1972. In addition to decals for two-cylinder tractors, Travis will provide information on New Generation models. The workshop will include detailed demonstrations, actual hands-on experience, lots of pictures, and his subtle humor. Travis brings many years of experience to the decal phase of the hobby and is one of the early ones to see the need for accurate and quality decals.

Travis Jorde

Travis grew up with John Deere tractors and equipment, helping in the field for the first time at the age of six on the family farm in Kensett, IA. He graduated from high school in 1956, attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA, and continued his education at Mankato State University in Mankato, MN. His first teaching experience was in a junior high school in New Jersey. After seven years, he and his wife, Shirley, returned to the Midwest, settling in Rochester, MN. The plan was to teach a few years and eventually take over his father’s farm, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. After thirty-seven years as an industrial education teacher working with junior high students in metals, motors, drafting, and electronics, Travis retired. His years of experience in education, observation of farm equipment, excellent recall, research, and curiosity led to him making his own decals in the 1970’s. Interest in restoring cars and trucks in the 1950’s and 1960’s motivated the purchase of his first tractor, a 1936 BR in 1972, followed by the search for Waterloo Boy tractors with his friend, Dudley Peterson. Travis is active in the manufacturing process and oversees the photography, art work, screen printing, and vinyl cutting of his decals – always keeping authentic detail in mind.


SOMETHING OTHER THAN MACHINERY for the LADIES (and GUYS TOO)

ASTROLOGY – Kathryn Metcalf

Astrology has been around since the time of the Sumerians. There have been many famous astrologers throughout time, such as the Three Wise Men, Sir Isaac Newton and the prophet Nostradamus. Astrology is basically the study of the relationship between the planets, the Zodiac Signs and the twelve houses that depict the different areas of your life. In this class you will learn how to analyze these charts, as well as the Birth Chart. Having the Birth Chart done is like having a personality profile completed.

Kathryn Metcalf

Kathryn has studied many forms of “magic” – Tarot, Numerology, Palmistry, Reincarnation, Feng Shui and Hypnosis. She has also studied many religions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism. In her thirties she began to give readings for her friends and relatives while continuing to take classes in psychic development. At her “midlife crisis” at the age of forty-one she decided it was time to live her true passion. She began doing research and consulting with clients, as well as working at corporate and private parties. She uses the information that she has gathered over the years, her honed psychic ability and her sense of humor to motivate others to live their true lives.

BASKET WEAVING (Two Sessions) – Tracey Welch

Join professional basket maker, Tracey Welch, for a hands-on experience creating your own basket to take home with you. Cost of the class is $25.00 and includes cost of the materials. Enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up near the Check-In area on the first-floor concourse of the RiverCenter South. Remember, space is limited. Session is limited to 12 students.

Tracey Welch

Tracey is the owner and founder of Basketwerks. She weaves baskets, teaches basketry, and makes all her own stains from natural sources. In 1993, the wholesale branch of Basketwerks was born and is operated by her husband, Jim. It is now one of the largest suppliers of basket weaving materials in the Midwest. Quality product, explicit service, and a wide selection is what makes the business stand out from the rest.

BEE KEEPING and COOKING with HONEY – Ron Fischer

In this session, Ron will give us the complete story on how to enjoy the bee keeping hobby, from starting a colony to harvesting the honey. Taking it a step further he will share his knowledge and experience in using your honey for cooking and baking. THERE WILL BE FREE SAMPLES!

Ron Fischer

Ron Fischer lives on his grandparent’s farm near Orion, IL, and is the fifth generation to live there. The farm has been in the family since 1844 and is the fifth oldest in Rock Island County. Ron’s interest in bee keeping began in 1970 when he started a colony on his grandparent’s farm to pollinate an orchard that he also planted there. Since then he has won numerous awards and participated in many bee keeping organizations in Illinois. He has also taken bee keeping courses at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University. His other interests include gardening, photography, baking, fruit trees, and antique tractors and equipment.

MASTER GARDENER – Will Carew

Join Master Gardener Will Carew as he talks about raindrops on roses and fungus on leaves, bright copper ninebark and cottenburr compost. He will touch on coralbells, tying up tomatoes on netting, flowering weigelas and hydrangeas, fruit, vegetables, tools, trees and gardening in general. These are a few of his favorite things.

Will Carew

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

OVERCOMING SENIOR MOMENTS – Bev Wilson

Join a fun workshop with Bev Wilson: What to do about those “senior moments.”

Beverly Wilson

Beverly Wilson has been a motivational speaker (and a trainer before retirement) for quite some time, but more recently with Senior College, Ladies Study Clubs, and Church Ladies Groups who want more laughter in their lives.

QUILTING – WAVEY PLACEMENTS – Sherri Freyermuth

Make these fun and easy placemats using three different fabrics, fusible bias tape, and a wavy template. They are so addicting that you will want to make them for every season. Great for gifts. We will make two in class with kit options for additional sets. Basic sewing skills are required. Reconditioned, vintage Singer sewing machines will be available to use upon request.

Sherri Freyermuth

The love of sewing started around the early age of nine, inspired through sewing projects from every generation starting back to a great-great-grandmother and her hand pieced “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt. The passion for quilting started in the late 70’s with a simple patched holiday tree skirt and mini wall quilts followed by bed size quilts made for family weddings, starting in the late 80’s. In 1992, a mid-arm quilting machine was purchased for custom quilting and upgraded to a long arm in 2011, when a factory closing forced a lost job and the decision to open a “Quilt Shop.” The “Heartland Cottons” name and barn logo were created in honor of her love of being raised a “Farm Kid.” Heartland Cottons is committed to sharing our love and knowledge of sewing with our customers to achieve the same satisfaction we receive when completing our own projects. Heartland Cottons supports the national program “Project Linus,” which makes and donates quilts to children 0-18 years old, by serving as a drop- off center and holding a once-a-month morning open sew for this great cause. We also support “Jessie’s Jems” a breast cancer “Sewing for A Cure” project created by an area youth who makes tissue covers and donates them to local cancer centers. Stop in for a friendly smile and see what our small town “Heartland” atmosphere has to offer.

SCRAPBOOKING and CARD MAKING – Ruby Brotzman

This hands-on session for the ladies is all about scrapbooking and greeting cards, including scrapbook borders, journal boxes and tags. Ruby Brotzman brings her skills to the Gathering on Saturday, March 24, from 8:00 to 9:30 A in the Wisconsin Room. For those interested there will be a demonstration on digital scrapbooking. You will be able to view storybooks, mugs and photo panels, as well as traditional items such as Pic Folios, Quick Kits and organizational products. A donation from $1-2 will be requested to help cover the cost of materials.

SHARING with OTHERS the GIFTS WE WERE GIVEN – Barb Douglas

Barb Douglas

Barb Douglas is an intuitive who has devoted more than 25 years to help people discover what makes everyone unique, and to empower and inspire through the world of colors, flowers, and learning more about yourself to embrace who you really are. Barb is a teacher, lecturer, and facilitator of group gatherings and discussion circles. She is a native of West Virginia, and has traveled throughout the United States and Europe in recent years. Barb now happily resides in Geneseo, IL.

WREATH MAKING – Susie Shollenberger

Flowers, wreaths and bows, oh my! Let’s make something beautiful! ($15.00 material fee)

Susie Shollenberger

Susie Shollenberger has been designing and making beautiful things for over thirty years.


DROP-IN SESSIONS

If you have specific problems or would just like to spend a little “face time” with our knowledgeable and experienced “Gathering” workshop leaders plan to attend these drop-in sessions.

BOURBON & BULLGEARS at the RADISSON ATRIUM WATERFALL LOUNGE – Tony Knobbe

Back by popular demand (so they say), we’ll host this late Friday afternoon event again in the lobby of the nearby Radisson Hotel. The format will be slightly different, however. Tony has cooked up a game show theme sure to entertain the crowd and test the memories of the most well-informed John Deere trivia experts. He will feature questions about the company, its founders, and its products. Sit back and enjoy a cold one, or maybe crank up your nerve and volunteer to be a contestant – either way, you’ll have a blast!

Tony Knobbe

Tony grew up on an all-John Deere grain and livestock farm in western Iowa, but he had spent his entire adult career as a banker for Wells Fargo Bank. Tony retired in 2015, but soon thereafter was called upon to enter politics, and is now serving as Chairman of the Scott County (Iowa) Board of Supervisors. His tractor collection includes the John Deere Model 60 that his dad bought new in 1956, which he recently fully restored. Other tractors include three un-styled models, including a Model A that he and his son restored from the ground up several years ago. Round out the lot with a 3010 Diesel and a newly acquired 4010 Diesel that he uses around his acreage for loader work and his twenty-acre farming operation with partner Les Shollenberger. Tony has been active in the Deer Valley Collectors, one of the four sponsoring “Gathering” clubs, having served as president. He currently serves as Chairman of the “Gathering of the Green.”

DECALS – Travis Jorde

Do you have questions about placement? Do you need some personalized instructions on how to apply the decals to your beautifully restored John Deere tractor? Stop by to address these issues or any other questions you may have. Travis is the guy to talk to about decals, and he encourages you to join him.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS – Tom Donahy

Here is your chance to get a little one-on-one time with electrical expert, Tom Donahy, outside of his scheduled workshops. He will have a little more time to address your particular problems and questions.

PAINTING and SHEET METAL – Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson will lead a regular workshop on the preparation and painting of tractors in addition to this drop-in session. The topic is always very popular, and we suspect that the time allotted in the regular workshop will not permit Dave to answer every question. To that end, Dave will host a drop-in session so more questions can be addressed, including those items that pertain to your specific problem or question. Dave is a highly-skilled auto body craftsman who operates his own business, Agri-Crafts, in New Haven, MO. Don’t miss this drop-in session.

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