Feb 05, 2014
A love story really. Love of a man and his trusty old tractor he'd used well for 48 years, but also a family love story for Grandpa/Dad. The story came my way via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/machinerypete) this week. I got the following note from Kyle H. from Carbondale, IL:
Dear Pete: "This picture (above) is of a 1964 4020 powershift that my grandfather Gerald Palm bought new in Havana, IL. The tractor was used daily up until about 5 years ago. Grandpa always dreamed of seeing it look new again, but didn't figure he would because he had lung cancer and was getting in bad shape, so for Christmas my father and I began to bring it back to life. Before restoration the tractor had well over 14,000 hours and spent a lot of its life outside. Within a little over a month there wasn't a bolt untouched and everything rebuilt. He (Grandpa) was like a kid in a candy store to see the final product and passed away November 2012."
Here are a couple pics of the restoration work in process:
Kyle relayed more about Grandpa's 4020:
"The tractor was featured in Antique Power July/August 2012 edition. He used it to do everything from plowing to feeding livestock to using as tranportation to check cows when a pickup would get stuck. All the parts came from Deere except the tach which was an OEM red needle powershift tach which came from eBay because it is discontinued from Deere."
"He was hesitant for years to do a restoration because he loved to use the tractor and didn't want to scratch the paint whenever it would get finished!"
What a beautiful, thoughtful and truly special gift to give to your father/grandfather in the twilight of his life...his favorite tractor from a life of farming, brought back to like new condition. Like I said...a love story.