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Project by richgreer posted 08-10-2012 10:41 PM 2715 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoy my ‘49 John Deere A. I participate in plowing events (my favorite) and I also participate in organized tractor rides. Tomorrow, I will participate in a organized one day ride. I thought a one day ride, as opposed to the more common 3 day rides, would be a great chance to introduce my wife to this activity.

Hence, I built a buddy seat. You can see that the actual seat was a purchased product. The challenges was to build the platform for it to be bolted to. Many of my tractor riding friends are welders. I’m not. I incorporated a couple of angle irons into the projects, but most of it is built with white oak. This platform is SOLID. b.t.w. I chose white oak because it holds up to weather so well. I’m not going to put a finish on it because I want it to get that weathered look.

This was a case of “design on the fly”. When I started building I did not know what it would look like when I was done. It sort of evolved. Nonetheless, I am very happy with it.

The only white oak I could find was 8/4 QS (expensive). I resawed some of it to give me some 6/4 and 4/4.

My wife and I are looking forward to tomorrow’s ride.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.





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#1 posted 08-10-2012 10:56 PM

well rich this is one post that is making me smile a mile, that is sooooooo cool, i love the tractor for one, the other is the ingenuity of adding the buddy seat for you wife or others later on, a one day ride sounds so fun, after todays posts of the lumber jock changes, its really great to see and read this, that seat is SOLID, and it looks great…have fun and im glad your still here, your a great wood worker, and i always enjoyed your posts, thanks a bunch…grizz

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#2 posted 08-11-2012 12:36 AM

Love it!

-- So many projects....so little time.

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 12:39 AM

Haha! I hope it’s solid…wouldn’t want to lose anyone :D!!!!!!! Great job!

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 12:54 AM

you need to have someone take a photo with you driving and the wife riding and post on here

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 08-11-2012 12:54 AM

Very cool Rich…....Nice addition to the ole A. My Dad had a B and that was a hoot to drive….......fun stuff.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 01:06 AM

That is great – I love it. Enjoy the ride tomorrow.

I second Dan’s request for photos of it in use.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 01:20 AM

Thanks for sharing, Rich. My dad had a John Deer Poppin’ Johnnie. I think it was a 1952 Model B. Looked like yours. It was the first vehicle I got to drive…sitting in his lap at the tender age of three. :-)

Great memories just came flashing back to me of the old days.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 08-11-2012 01:21 AM

2 comments: If your wife is willing to spend the day on that rumble seat, she’s a WAY better sport than mine. “Friends don’t let friends drive red tractors”. Great job on the rumble seat.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-11-2012 01:50 AM

Once that weathers it will look like it was an original option! Nice idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 08-11-2012 02:34 AM

Looks good from here. Why didn’t you attach to the 3 point hitch. You could lift her up like a gentleman ;-))

Where do you go on a 3 day ride in Iowa? Drive through the corn and soybean fields ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 08-11-2012 02:43 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. Let me make a few comments.

Old tractors and organized tractor rides is a big deal in Iowa and much of the midwest. Buddy seats are fairly common. I estimate that 10% of the tractors on these rides have a buddy seat, in many different designs. I think mine is as good as any and better than most.

Grizzman – I’m not sure I would have posted this if it were not for the announcement today. I have a renewed hope for LJs

Katdaddy – The rivalry between the red and the green is pretty intense in the antique tractor world – especially on the organized tractor rides. In general, that red ones are faster. I top out at 14 mph. A lot of the red ones go over 20 mph. I go for a quality ride – not a fast ride.

Several – yes, I will get a picture with my wife and I on the tractor.

Regarding my wife – She is a good sport. I don’t know the exact number but I am confident that she has accumulated over 10,000 miles on the back of my motorcycles, including times in rain and other uncomfortable conditions. Riding on this buddy seat will be easy compared to some of the things she has endured. My biggest concern is that, since she is sitting up higher, she may take more exhaust fumes, if we are in a headwind, than she should.

For those of you who mentioned the Bs you remember – Great tractor. It’s horsepower was about 2/3rds of an A and it was a frustrated plowing tractor. It was more than strong enough to pull a 1 bottom plow but not quite strong enough for a 2 bottom. The A was explicitly built to pull 2-16s and I can personally attest that it pulls them great (even at 63 years old).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 08-11-2012 02:56 AM

TopMax – - John Deeres of this era did not have a 3-point hitch and, due to patent issues, would not have them until about 9 years later.

3 day tractor rides are very common in Iowa (and other midwest states). Essentially, there are 2 variations. The cloverleaf has a single base and 3 days of rides on different routes from and back to the base station. The point to point to point and back to the original point are also common. This years WMT (radio station sponsor) TractorCade was from DeWitt to Clinton to Macqueoda and back to Clinton. There were 550 tractors in this ride. It was a big deal for the riders and the many, many people who hosted this event.

The organized tractor rides are always on the roads. Local police usually stop traffic at intersections. My biggest complaint – my tires wear down too fast. Road travel is hard on conventional tractor tires.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 08-11-2012 03:20 AM

Nice add-on ! Certainly does look solid.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#14 posted 08-11-2012 03:30 AM

But where does the cooler go?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 08-11-2012 04:05 AM

Rich, I thought those bars in the 3rd picture looked like after market 3 point parts. Looks like where my dad’s 50 3 point lift was, but I could be grossly mistaken; haven’t seen it for over 40 yrs ;-)

I wondered about those tires on road trips. If it is that popular, you’d think some one would come out with a road tread.

Why don’t you run up to Dubuque and tell my aunt Mae “Hi.” While you’re headed north, you could see the rest of the relatives at Iowa City, ect on up to Minnesota. By the time you get home, you’ll need tires for sure! ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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