Restoration of First Tractor Driven by Father-Son
Mar 21, 2012
Tractor of the month owned and restored by Gerald Allen Largent, Vandalia, Illinois.
When Gerald was a young boy, he always enjoyed helping his dad on their farm. He couldn’t wait until he was old enough to drive the Farmall H. When was 9 years old, his dad decided it was time for him to learn. He was so excited, but his Farmall H didn’t have power steering and he couldn’t turn the wheel. Seeing the disappointment in his son’s eyes his dad traded in that tractor for a 1959 John deere 630.
For the next 51 years, he has followed in his dad’s footsteps using John Deere tractors and equipment on his farm, as well as teaching his own son how to drive a tractor. For the last several years, he had been searching for a John Deere 630 that he and his son could restore together. Luckily, last year, he found a one-owner 1959 model in Hermann, Missouri. He spent many hours working together with his son to restore it.
He is so thankful to have been raised on a farm a thankful that he could raise his own kids in the same manner. He and his son will remember restoring this tractor for the rest of their lives.