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1/26/16
    

"Gathering of the Green"

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN MARCH OF 2016. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS STILL HERE SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!

WORKSHOPS

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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 2016 “Gathering of the Green” conference. The workshop descriptions are listed alphabetically by title. Note that the workshop information is subject to change.
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The following workshop topics are currently scheduled for the 2016 “Gathering of the Green.” Check regularly for additions to the workshop list.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS – 2016


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!

A DETAILED 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 individual parts and assemblies. Tony will then walk you through an assessment 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 the other major assemblies, such as the clutch, transmission and differential. 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 has spent his entire adult career as a banker for Wells Fargo Bank, but is now happily retired. 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 an A that he and his son restored from the ground up several years ago. Round out the lot with a 3010 diesel and a 3010 gas that he uses around his acreage for loader work and his four-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.

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 – 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 of 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.

THE CHALLENGES of the 24 VOLT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM USED on TWO-CYLINDER & NEW GENERATION DIESEL TRACTORS – 1957 to 1969 – 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.

COTTON: From Farm to Yarn – Hyler Bracey

You have cotton in your life. It is in your closet (clothes), your wallet (bills), your office (paper), your gun (powder) your flowerbed (fertilizer) and your boat (nets). This session will be a practical overview of how cotton is grown, harvested (with John Deere pickers, of course), ginned and further processed. Some of the questions to be answered: How does a cotton picker “pick” cotton? Why does a cotton picker need lots of water? Why are cotton plants shorter today, but yield more cotton? How does a gin separate the seed from the lint? Where is most cotton grown? How much does it cost per acre to farm cotton? What does a farmer gross per acre? How much cotton is in a dollar bill? How much does a heavy smoker weigh?

Hyler Bracey, Ph.D.

Hyler has worked as a tugboat deckhand, owned and operated a cotton-ginning business, served as CEO of a large consulting and publishing firm, and raced stock cars. Hyler Bracey and his wife, Cass Flagg, enthusiastically collect and show antique tractors. Cass specializes in unstyled and Dubuque John Deere’s. Hyler focuses on the John Deere 20 Series. He has published several business books. In retirement he and his wife enjoy writing on tractor topics. Their articles have appeared in "Two Cylinder," "Green Magazine" and "Antique Power."

CRANKSHAFT SPLINE REPAIR – Richard Duane

In this workshop, Richard will present the procedures he has developed to repair the splines on both ends of the two-cylinder crankshaft.

Richard Duane

Richard was involved in vocational agriculture through high school in the mid-1950s, 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.”

DEERE DIESELS, A BIT of MANUFACTURING HISTORY – Ron Wieben

Stop by and join us in a conversation related to manufacturing John Deere products at Dubuque, Davenport and the Engine Works over the past 50 years of Ron's work life. This will be presented in the spirit of having a good time and maybe learning something from the experience of a Deere manufacturing engineer. You don't have to make the same mistakes or solve the same problems that were Ron's work. We will talk about several new design engines that had a very short life or never got off the drawing board. We will also cover the DEDEC Joint Venture that almost was. We will discuss how we learned to discover problems and resolve them through the "Stop Ship" process. Emissions regulations and how they caused a great number of new problems will be discussed. We will try to answer your questions related to our topic. Be prepared to hear "I don't know," because there are many answers that all of us collectively will not know.

Ron Weiben

Ron was the third of four brothers raised in and by the Mississippi River town of Guttenberg, IA. The town was their work place and their playground providing a cash crop of fish and services to sell, as well as a great place to study and get closer to nature. After high school, Ron attended the engineering college at the University of Iowa, and was awarded a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Ron had started his job with Deere three years before graduating through the Deere summer student program. This program gave both Deere and Ron a chance to look each other over and determine if they were a good match for each other. Both Ron and Deere decided the relationship was a good fit. He then started working full time at the John Deere Dubuque Works in manufacturing engineering. It was a time of great growth at Deere Dubuque with major new buildings, and new Ag, Construction and Forestry equipment being introduced each year. With the Dubuque factory running out of land on which to expand operations, Deere and Company started a study to determine a location for a second manufacturing facility. When the study results were presented, the chairman then told the study group the correct answer for the new factory was Davenport and construction started. Ron was assigned the role of determining what manufacturing operations would be moved from Dubuque, and how that would be done. The very young Davenport team shared many successes and some "Do-overs," but did finish their work ahead of schedule and on budget. After 13 months at the Davenport plant, Ron was given the chance to move to Waterloo to help start the new Engine Works. He joined the Engine Works team on January 1976. He and his peers determined how to get the factory equipment up and running to produce quality engines. This was the start of the “Ron Meetings” at the Engine Works. Ron was assigned the task of getting the engine test cells running. A daily meeting was held with six manufacturing engineers – each of them named Ron. They soon quit using first names. The period of major construction of major facilities was now over. The big projects now centered on new products, JV's, and increasing productivity in the factory, as well as making the engines emissions ready. Ron had spent 49 years and 8 months working for Deere and enjoyed the many different assignments and his peers.

DEERE HITS the SNOW: John Deere Snowmobiles – Darren Redding

Deere & Company has manufactured and/or sold many products throughout their 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 will be assisted by Ron Leonard, who spent many years with the snowmobile program at Deere. He was there from the beginning to the end, and will provide a detailed insight into all the events that happened.

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.

DIESEL SHOP TOUR – MID AMERICA DIESEL SERVICE – Al Hollander

We will offer two tours of this Davenport-based business during the conference. Space is limited to 30 attendees per tour, so sign up early at the table located near the Check-In area. Al and the staff of Mid America Diesel will give you an up-close look at the components that supply fuel to the diesel tractors of yesterday and today. You will see two-cylinder and modern pumps and injectors being dismantled, inspected, repaired and tested on the bench. They will talk about common problems, electronic controls and additives. Al will share his views of the use of soy diesel, both pro and con. He will talk about the growth of diesel tractor acceptance in our industry – in 1961, a farmer had to special order a tractor as a diesel, but by 1964 he had to special order a gas! This will be an important program for diesel enthusiasts, and a chance to get your questions answered.

Al Hollander

Al Hollander has owned Mid America Diesel Service since 1984, and has worked in, and managed diesel component repair shops since 1970. Mid America serves the agricultural, industrial and trucking industries, repairing pumps and injectors of all types and sizes. This shop repairs over 100 John Deere 4020 systems alone every year. His technicians have vast experience in the world of extremely tight tolerances. While most of us worry about a thousandth or two of wear, they live in the world of one hundred thousandths of an inch! Join us on this tour, but bring your magnifying glass!

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 also 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 up 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.

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, and has been in the oil business for 35 years. He has a passion for old tractors of any color, including a few Deeres.

GP RESTORATION and ROUND SPOKE WHEELS – Cork Groth and Chris Adolphs

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. 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.

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!

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 also 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.

THE 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 14 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.

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.

JOHN DEERE MODEL G: From Front to Back – John Bennehoff

Join this well-known “G” expert as he covers 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 at 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.

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 a number of 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.

L, LA, LI & 62 HISTORY and DEVELOPMENT – Dale & Dwayne Ridenour

Do you have one of these amazing little tractors, or are you interested in purchasing one? Either way, you’ll have questions. Dale and Dwayne Ridenour know the series inside and out – and they are well-versed in the interesting history of the L Series including the Model 62. Do you want to know more about the implements which were available for these little giants? Well here’s your chance to ask questions about anything related to the L Series.

RESTORATION of the MODEL L SERIES – John Hoffman

John Hoffman has several magnificently restored tractors in this series, so he comes to this workshop with much expertise. Discussion will start with the frame-up restoration of a Model 62, and then will address the same thorough process on an unstyled L, a styled L and an LI. He will cover procedures involving parts, mechanics and painting. Questions throughout the presentation are encouraged.

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. These were frame-up restorations ranging from the parts to the mechanics.

LP TRACTORS – Art Fellows

Participants will be educated on the proper way to restore an LP cylinder and the liquid propane system. Participants will gain better knowledge on dealing with their liquid propane provider and places to get parts from.

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.

LOCTITE ADHESIVES and SEALANTS for TRACTOR MAINTENANCE – 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.

MACHINE SHOP TOUR – ABRAHAM’S MACHINE SHOP – Dave Mattison

Join us for a tour of the Abraham's Machine Service shop. You will take a short bus ride from the RiverCenter to the shop located only a few blocks from the RiverCenter where you will listen to a presentation of their machining and repair capabilities and view work being performed on John Deere two-cylinder engine components. Sign up for this tour near the Check-In table located on the first floor concourse of the RiverCenter South building. Note that space is limited, so sign up as quickly as possible.

Dave Mattison

Dave Mattison is General Manager of Abraham's Machine Service where he has worked for 38 years. In business for 87 years, Abraham's provides the Quad Cities and surrounding area with professional engine component repair, ranging from small, single-cylinder to large V-16 diesel engines. Services include repairs and machining of crankshafts, blocks, heads, connecting rods, and driveshafts. The staff consists of eight employees with experience levels of up to 40 years.

MAGNETOS: 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 touch on “pre-battery” lighting systems. 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 70s, and now has over 20 engines and one tractor. He started JWB Machine & Magneto in 2002, and enjoys going on tractor rides in his spare time.

MOW the GRASS! THE LAWN and GARDEN DEERES – Darren & Mark 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 and his dad, Mark, 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 and Mark 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.

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. The majority 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 ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS – 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, which is now available through Davenport Tractor. His current interests are New Generation gas and LP tractors, and New Generation high crop tractors.

NEW GENERATION CARBS – Gary Hoefling

Gary will focus on the differences between the Dubuque-built and the Waterloo-built New Generation carburetion systems, the differences between the Marvel, Schebler and Zenith on the Waterloo tractors, and what makes the four- and six-cylinder systems different from the two-cylinder systems. He’ll also review the theory and principal of operation, and discuss the four circuits of a carburetor, how they work and how every John Deere tractor is made to start at idle. He’ll also talk about the problems with the original carbs on the Waterloo New Generation tractors, and what we have done to eliminate those problems.

Gary Hoefling

Gary Hoefling was born in 1961 on a family farm in Marcus, IA equipped with a complete set of red machinery. He grew up with four brothers and two sisters. As a boy, he had an interest in mechanics and always wanted to understand how things were designed. From his first lawn mower to his first pickup to his first tractor, his first project was always taking off the carburetor, tearing it apart and figuring out how it was made. He graduated from high school in 1979, then attended Iowa Lakes Community College for diesel mechanics. His first taste of green equipment was in 1980 when he went to work for a local John Deere dealer while attending college. He hasn’t looked at another color since. He has spent over 35 years working on John Deere equipment at three different dealerships, serving as mechanic and service manager. At one dealership he managed The Motor Works, a business that buys and sells John Deere engines and parts. In 2002 he purchased that business. On September 11, 2001, he started his own tractor repair business, G.H. Repair. He later merged G.H. Repair with The Motor Works to form one complete parts and repair company for John Deere equipment. In 2007 he acquired Robert’s Carburetor Repair, adding the antique side of John Deere tractors to his existing restoration business. In 2008 he moved Robert’s and The Motor Works, all under the ownership of J&G Regional Services Inc., into a new 6,750 square-foot energy efficient building with the latest green technology. Putting his businesses together under one roof completed the merger of his companies. Gary’s passion is to make sure that every carburetor made out of cast iron or brass is restored to its highest possible standard. His motto is “If it’s made of cast or brass we can fix it.”

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 had, and Ronnie will do his best to answer them.

Ronnie Peters

Ronnie grew up on a 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.

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. The majority 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 PLOWS – David Wolfe

This session will cover plows manufactured from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. He will cover the newer frames, high speed shares, coulters and trip mechanisms. David will identify sources of parts and have parts catalogs available for reference.

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.

THE OTHER PLOW COMPANIES – David Wolfe

After many years of research and writing about John Deere plows, David decided to look into the companies that were competitors of Deere. He will give us insight into when these companies started, how they started and what happened to them over the years.

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 Corp, 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.

OTTUMWA HAY EQUIPMENT, the 60’S and 70’S – Roger Russ

Roger will provide a firsthand look at the development of pull-type forage harvesters, self-propelled forage harvesters and various mower conditioners and windrowers from this era. He will also give us the full story on the famous hay cuber. The 336 baler will be covered, as well as a brief history of the 14T and the 24T balers.

Roger Russ

Roger grew up in North Central/Northwest Kansas, near Russell/Hays. His dad was a farmer. Roger attended Kansas State University and graduated with a BS in Agriculture (Ag Mechanization) in 1968. He spent four years in the Air Force with one in Vietnam as an English language instructor. The last two and a half were in Spokane, WA working at the Survival School. Roger's career with John Deere started in February 1973 as a marketing representative, but on the service side. After four years, 42 states, six provinces of Canada and Europe twice, he was promoted to Field Test Supervisor over 16 mechanics in 1977. That increased to 52 mechanics, 19 trucks and 34 tractors during his four years as supervisor. he then worked as a Test Technician from 1981 until 1985, working with round baler belts, forage harvester cutter heads/stationary knives/rotating knives, plus other challenges. In 1985, Roger moved back to marketing as Service Training Coordinator, developing training materials for Area Service Managers, working on DTAC, Operators Manual videos, and product improvement programs. He retired in 2001. Roger still farms in Ottumwa, Iowa, growing wheat, beans and corn with a full line of equipment, except hay tools. He also manages his father's farm in Kansas.

JOHN DEERE POWR-TROL SYSTEMS: Description, Overhaul & Testing – Gary “Mac” McLaughlin

This workshop will include general information on (1) hydraulics, including the laws of physics relating to hydraulic systems, the relationship between area, pressure and force, and the relationship between volume, area and distance; (2) hydraulic pumps used on John Deere tractors; (3) the Powr-Trol system for models A, B, G, R, AR-AO, 50 and 60, including working parts and oil flow, operating, release and relief valves, remote cylinder operation and flow, rockshaft operation and flow, metering screw and throttle valve, and positioning the inner check valve for various cylinders; and (4) overhaul and testing, including checking relief valve cracking pressure on the tractor, disassembly, checking inner and outer check valves, testing check valve for leakage and adjusting cam blades and operating valve. You can have your Powr-Trol in top-notch working order after attending this session.

Gary "Mac" McLaughlin

Gary was born the youngest of five to a potato farmer in Caribou, ME. His father was a certified welder who taught him to stick, gas and tig weld at a very young age. They had a small machine shop on the farm, and his dad also taught him how to run a 9” South Bend lathe. (Gary now has that 1949 lathe in his shop.) At age nine he was working the field, and at twelve swaging hydraulic lines on the harvester. In high school he studied drafting, mechanics in motion, engine theory, electronics, and other courses. In the late 80s, he went back to school at Harvard Ellis Tech, an FAA FAR Part 147 school, and earned an A&P (airframe and power plant) mechanic’s license. Harvard Ellis Tech is also a Part 145 Repair Station where the students learn on operational aircraft performing repairs, inspections, and modifications. Gary graduated in the top 5% of his class and went on to work for a Delta commuter airline maintaining Saab SF 340B turboprops. He then moved to corporate aviation working on Canadair and Lear jet products with Bombardier Aviation Services. This included overhauling hydraulic pumps, cylinders, and struts before becoming a “return to service” inspector. He left aviation after 9/11 and now designs and builds prototype machinery including hydraulic presses, and troubleshoots hydraulic systems for industry. Gary has a 1951 John Deere B that he pulled from the weeds and restored completely.

PLANTERS: 290 to Plateless – Claude Butt

Claude’s workshop will be a presentation and discussion of John Deere tractor drawn planters from the Models 246 and 290 up through the early plateless models. The focus will be on collection, restoration, parts availability, operation, seed plate selection and current usefulness. Several popular models and identification will be discussed.

Claude Butt

Claude has been around agriculture all his life. He grew up on a corn, soybean, hay and dairy farm in northwest central Indiana in the 1940’s through the 1960’s. He and his wife, Bonnie, own this farm as well as his grandfather’s farm. His grandfather farmed with a John Deere GP and H. His dad worked for him and inherited the “Green Spirit” and passed it on to Claude. Claude’s first memories of John Deere were playing on the Model H in his grandfather’s barnyard. He later drove this H cultivating two rows, while he followed his dad cultivating four rows with a John Deere 60. When he went off to Purdue University to study Ag, his dad sold the dairy cows (his cheap help was gone), and he upgraded to a 730 Diesel. This was when Claude decided the Ford 600 tractor (that he learned to farm with) had to go, and his dad added a new John Deere 3020 Diesel. One day while Claude was driving the 730, the clutch acted funny. He learned they ruined the crankshaft splines on the clutch driver. The 730 left the farm when traded for the first tractor Claude owned, a 4020 Diesel Power Shift, which today is in his toolshed. Claude is the second and fifth owner of this tractor, and uses it occasionally with a 148 loader with forks. Another tractor he cherishes in his toolshed is the very first tractor he purchased. It is a running 1936 unstyled A in working clothes purchased for $45 back in the 1960’s. They dyno tested the tractor in an ag class while Claude was at Purdue and it produced a mighty 20 HP. He has always been interested in farm seed and farm machinery. This led to a 38-year career of seed testing, seed production, seed sales and consulting with four different seed companies. A big part of his work was with row crop farmers and their corn and soybean planters. Selection of planter seed plates with the right cell size to match kernel seed size was always a popular task. In addition, the mechanical condition and operation of the planter were reviewed with the farmer to achieve the best possible seed delivery to the soil. Planter plate selection was often a mystery to many farmers, so Claude compiled a “Guide for Plate Planters” while he worked for one seed company. This was a popular seed plate reference for most major brand planters, and also included tips for best planter operation and maintenance. The focus was on John Deere planters since they were the king in popularity. Over the years he has had a strong passion for John Deere. His focus was on the Dubuque models. It was easy to have a John Deere interest, since when he traveled with the seed business, he found John Deere tractors and implements for sale all over the Midwest. For a time, Claude 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 focuses on a few of his John Deere tractors – the unstyled A, 4020D, 70D, and 40S. Claude is currently liquidating the last of his John Deere plow collection to focus on A. C. Gilbert Erector Sets.

DEERE MOLDBOARD PLOW SET-UP – David Wolfe and Tyler Bucheit

Join authors and plow enthusiasts, Dave Wolfe and Tyler Bucheit, for this workshop, which will focus on the tractor-type moldboard plows built in the two-cylinder and early New Generation 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 set-up will be the main focus of their presentation. 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 southern Illinois with his wife, Teresa, and daughter, Adeline. 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 JD equipment sales. He completely restored a Model 520 LP and a Model 60 row-crop, and mechanically restored a 1952 B and 1958 720 Diesel. He focuses on 20 Series two-cylinder tractors; however, he tries his hand at most all later model Waterloo-built John Deere’s. He enjoys using his two-cylinders for more than just parades and shows, as his real passion is moldboard plowing. He writes "The Young Timer" and "Saw it on eBay" articles published monthly in the "Green Magazine."

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. We hope to give you 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 16 years he has concentrated on propane delivery and installation. He has enjoyed restoring many tractors with his father, including a 1955 propane model 60.

THEORY, TROUBLESHOOTING & ADJUSTMENT of JOHN DEERE DISTRIBUTOR IGNITION SYSTEMS – 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 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 teaching American Civil War. Tom owns a 1952 water pump A, 60, 530, 630, and a 1971 Model 4020.

THE 8020 TRACTOR – Darrel Fischer

Darrel, along with friends Darrel Miller and Roger Hayenga, will give us the complete story of the 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 Fischer 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.

TIRES for TRACTORS and IMPLEMENTS – 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 on 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 ten years, and currently travels around the country to antique equipment shows selling his products.

TIP SHOP: JOHN DEERE TWO-CYLINDER and 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, which is now available through Davenport Tractor. His current interests are New Generation gas and LP tractors, and New Generation high crop tractors.

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 16 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.

TRACTOR and SHEET METAL RESTORATION, PREP and 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-three 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.

JOHN DEERE TWO-CYLINDER 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.

TWO-CYLINDER CARBURETORS - Single Barrel – 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 of 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 in 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 a large number of obsolete parts for John Deere carburetors.

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.

If you are planning to attend Albert Ulrich's workshop and have questions you would like Albert to address, please e-mail them to him at Renaissanceman@toledotel-wb.com. He will include answers during his workshop presentation.

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.

POWR-TROL LOAD & DEPTH CONTROL – Gary “Mac” McLaughlin

Have you ever wondered how this mysterious system actually works? Our hydraulics expert, Gary McLaughlin, will add a second session this year to cover Load and Depth Control theory and operation in the 20 and 30 Series two-cylinder tractors. Gary will cover what happens when your tractor hits a tough spot and the system “lightens the load” to help you through. He will explain the internal operation and how to select the proper setting to maximize enjoyment at your next plow day.

Gary "Mac" McLaughlin

Gary was born the youngest of five to a potato farmer in Caribou, ME. His father was a certified welder who taught him to stick, gas and tig weld at a very young age. They had a small machine shop on the farm, and his dad also taught him how to run a 9” South Bend lathe. (Gary now has that 1949 lathe in his shop.) At age nine he was working the field, and at twelve swaging hydraulic lines on the harvester. In high school he studied drafting, mechanics in motion, engine theory, electronics, and other courses. In the late 80s, he went back to school at Harvard Ellis Tech, an FAA FAR Part 147 school, and earned an A&P (airframe and power plant) mechanic’s license. Harvard Ellis Tech is also a Part 145 Repair Station where the students learn on operational aircraft performing repairs, inspections, and modifications. Gary graduated in the top 5% of his class and went on to work for a Delta commuter airline maintaining Saab SF 340B turboprops. He then moved to corporate aviation working on Canadair and Lear jet products with Bombardier Aviation Services. This included overhauling hydraulic pumps, cylinders, and struts before becoming a “return to service” inspector. He left aviation after 9/11 and now designs and builds prototype machinery including hydraulic presses, and troubleshoots hydraulic systems for industry. Gary has a 1951 John Deere B that he pulled from the weeds and restored completely.

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 1970s. 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)

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.

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.

BRAIN FUN – Beverly Wilson

Join a fun workshop with Bev Wilson: Brain Fun – Spark Your Engine!

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.

DOLL HOUSE MAKING – Dan Peterman

Dan Peterman, an avid tractor restorer, is going to switch gears and take a break from his daily routine of the tractor restoration business and introduce the ladies, and interested gentleman, to his hobby of building miniature houses. He has been doing it for quite some time now, and it actually started by his mom buying a house kit. When she opened it up and looked at it she was going to throw it away because it was too difficult. He picked it up and started working on it, and found a new way to keep his mind off tractors. He will show you how to build them, where to buy them, as well as the materials, and will also show how to detail, electrify and landscape. He will include a PowerPoint presentation on the building process as well. It should be great for interested ladies, and maybe some men as well.

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.

A FEW of MY FAVORITE THINGS – 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 hygrangeas, 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.

FLOWERS and BOWS – Susie Shollenberger

We are going to take away the mystery of how your florist makes those beautiful corsages. You will leave the class with an artificial corsage that will survive the trip home! There is a nominal fee for supplies of approximately $15.00.

Susie Shollenberger

Susie Shollenberger has been a fresh and silk flower arranger in the Quad City area for more than twenty years.

SHARE YOUR UNEXPLAINED STORIES – Barbara Douglass

Have you ever heard your name being called or knocks on the door and no one was there? Have you ever had anything go missing and suddenly reappear? Have you ever smelled a familiar scent suddenly from long ago or a long ago memory? Have you ever been thinking of someone and the phone rings and it’s them? These are a few of the unexplained stories in our lives and we are looking forward to hearing more. Come join us as we explain the unexplained.

Barbara Douglass

Barbara Douglass 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 in order to embrace who you really are. Barbara 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. Barbara now happily resides in Geneseo, IL.

CARD MAKING and SCRAPBOOKING – 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 19, from 10:00 to 11:30 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.

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.

TWO CYLINDER GENERAL REPAIR – Mike Williams

Mike Williams is a recognized expert on John Deere two-cylinder tractor clutches, crankshafts, governors, fuel tank repair, machining and welding. He will do an informal drop-in this year rather than a formal class, so that he can address a greater variety questions and problems. We know you’ll have a “thousand questions” so plan on attending.

JORDE DECALS: A Review – 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 SYSTEM PROBLEMS – 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.

BEER and BULLGEARS – Tony Knobbe and Brian Holst

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. Brian and Tony have cooked up a game show theme sure to entertain the crowd and test the memories of the most well-informed John Deere trivia experts. They 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 has spent his entire adult career as a banker for Wells Fargo Bank, but is now happily retired. 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 an A that he and his son restored from the ground up several years ago. Round out the lot with a 3010 Diesel and a 3010 Gas that he uses around his acreage for loader work and his four-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,” and along with Les Shollenberger, organized the workshop leaders for this year’s conference.

Brian Holst

Brian grew up in Eastern Iowa, close to the banks of the Mississippi River, on the family dairy farm. Graduating from high school in the late seventies/early eighties, right in the middle of the farm crisis, he was motivated to find off-the-farm training to earn a living. After attending Indian Hills Community College in agricultural mechanics, he headed to the Texas rice fields for a period of time. Always wanting to return to the Midwest, Brian eventually landed back where he started, on the shores of the Mississippi. Brian currently resides in Eldridge, IA with his wife and five daughters. He has worked for several John Deere dealerships, and in many positions in service, parts, and sales. Brian is currently Manager of the John Deere Heritage Marketing Group and Branded Properties. He was previously manager of the John Deere Collectors Center.

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