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This tractor was featured for the month of March in the 2009 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.
This is the orchard version of the famous John Deere Model A., built from 1934 until 1952, when it was superceded by the Model 60. This rare unstyled AO, only 248 were built, was powered by the famous 2-cylinder engine that gave Deeres the nickname, “Johnny Poppers.” The engine had bore/stroke of 5.5 x 6” for 309 cu. in. in two cylinders. At 935 rpm, the rugged motor produced a max of about 30 hp. Orchard versions had a downward exhaust, with shrouding over the air cleaner called “mushrooms,” and over the fuel caps called, “frogs.” This tractor was photographed at the historic Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale, Arizona.
Owner: Clarence E. (Hermy) Hermonson
Fountain Hills, Arizona
He found it on a neighboring farm in Michigan buried in mud up to its round spokes. “Luckily the tires had gone flat and wrapped themselves around the rims and spokes,” Hermy says.
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