Quarter Scale John Deere 1936 MODEL B
Quarter scale John Deere 1946 model B.
244 Mabry Drive, Camden, Tennessee 38320
First, let me thank the publishers of GEM for a fine magazine.
And thanks to all the good readers who have written articles
sharing their experiences, expertise and information that has been
so enjoyable and helpful over the years. Hopefully, my article will
impart the enthusiasm and satisfaction that can be gained by
creating a machine that can be enjoyed by others. You readers who
build model engines, tractors and machines know already.
After many years of a very enjoyable hobby of restoring and
showing old gas engines, I began to realize that the time was fast
approaching that I should get away from the heavy work, and
cultivate an already burning interest in model building.
I noticed that the rear end of an early model Wheel Horse
tractor had some similarity to the Model B John Deere tractor. Yes,
I decided this Wheel Horse transaxle was the beginning of a scale
model 1936 John Deere, Model B. Taking a few measurements from a
full size tractor and after much study, I could go with the
one-quarter scale very well. Many weeks of spare time was devoted
to the scale-down process and development of actual measurements
for the numerous components I would fabricate and use. Many junk
yards, flea markets, metal and hardware suppliers were visited to
accumulate needed materials. The actual fabrication and manufacture
of 'Little B' began the fall of 1991. My hobby shop is used
primarily in winter, during inclement weather. By spring of 1993,
'Little B' was assembled, painted, stenciled and ready for
showing. It has had a very busy show season. It leads our Benton
County Two Cylinder Club in parades, and is a feature of our West
Tennessee Antique Tractor and Engine Club. It has been shown at
Heritage Days, festivals and other special celebrations in this
area. The 'Little B' has been featured in several
newspapers and farm publications, including
The Progressive Farmer and the Tennessee Cooperator. Several
dollars and many enjoyable hours have gone into this little
tractor, but I guess the greatest reward comes when you see the
'little guys and gals' jump, scream, yank at Dad's
pants leg and point as 'Little B' parades by.