Austin totally rebuilt a 1949 John Deere tractor for an FFA project. It was judged at our county fair, and he will take it to the State Fair to be judged there as well.
Austin has wanted to do a tractor since he was a young boy, but you need to have completed at least one year in the FFA program at our school in order to be in the classes. So he was anxious to get started.
Jay and Austin found a tractor for him and brought to the school, along with several other students who were doing tractors. Some rebuilt the entire thing, some only did body work. Austin did the full rebuild.
Here's some pictures to show just how involved he had to get in this project:
Once the new parts came in, you couldn't just re-assemble the tractor because you still had more body work to do. As Austin said "sooo many stupid dents!" lol
Austin earned a purple ribbon at the fair for all his hard work, and purple is the highest ribbon you can be awarded. We are extra proud because he was the only sophomore, and according to his Adviser, not many first year kids earn a purple.
As for the future of this tractor, it will remain a show tractor. With this being such a strong farming area, many have restored or rebuilt tractors over the years, so they appreciate all the hard work that goes into doing that. People are encouraged to drive their restored tractors through area parades, and Austin plans to do that next Summer.
In the meantime, it will travel to the State Fairgrounds next week to be judged there. We're keeping our fingers crossed!! :)