The 1939 Styled John Deere Model A Tractor
The 1939 John Deere Model A, serial number 479547, as bought. There were 11,000 of these 1939 year models built, serial numbers 477000 to 487999.
RR #6 Box I67 Frankfort, Indiana 4604I
One day a friend came up to me at the Rough and Tumble Show at
Kinzers, PA, in August, 1986, and asked me if I wanted to buy a
tractor. He named three that he had for sale. The only one that I
was interested in was a styled Model A. I asked him what year it
was, but he didn't know. I told him that if it was a
four-speed, either 1939 or 1940, I would be interested.
In the early spring of 1987 I went to see him. We went to see
his tractors. But his tractor turned out to be just like my 1945
Model A, a six-speed of the years from 1941 to 1947. So I
didn't progress any farther with any deal.
On July 11, 1987 I, along with many other members of the Clinton
County Antique Machinery Club, began to move tractors into the
Clinton County Fairgrounds for our tractor show in connection with
the annual 4-H Fair at Frankfort, Indiana. There were 105
registered tractors there along with other drills, wagons,
planters, plows, and a model Case steam traction engine. I took my
old GP, AR, and BR tractors.
There were three tractors with 'For Sale' signs on them.
One was a 1940 Model A. A closer look showed it to be a 1939 Model
A tractor. It was all painted up like new, but there were a few
things that I noticed that it needed.
All John Deere historians know that the 1939 Model A is merely a
1938 Model A in styled form. It had the old style engine and
transmission. The 1940 has the new style engine like the 1941 to
1947 six-speed tractors, yet it is only four speeds. A brief
breakdown of them is:
410,000 to 459,999, 1933 to 1937 open front 4-speed
trans.460,000 to 476,999, 1938 open front w/12 spline rear axle and
477,000 to 487,999, 1939 styled, w/same as 1938.488,000 to
498,999, 1940 styled w/later engine and 4-speed trans. 499,000 to
583,999, 1941 to 1947 styled, same as the 1940 except six
There are just 11,000 each of the 1939 and 1940 year models. And
I rarely ever see any of them at any shows.
A few of the changes unique to the 1938 and 1939 Model A
covering both the un styled 1938 and styled 1939 are the 12
spline rear axles and different rear axle housings from the earlier
Needless to say, I bought that old tractor, serial number
479,547. It was built on October 10, 1938 and shipped to the
Indianapolis area. The enclosed photograph of it shows it in the
same condition as when I bought it.
When I tried it out my overalls got caught in a split in the
seat, so I replaced it with another seat that I had at home.
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