The Industrial Impostors!!
This page will include any tractors that can be mistaken for official industrial versions, but are actually "normal" tractors, and any other information to help you decide that your tractor really isn't industrial. Just remember, there are EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE! I can be wrong!
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Many times (for later tractors), the only real difference from an agricultural tractor and industrial tractor is a yellow or orange paint job. However, beginning in the late '40s, Deere began using a yellow primer on some of their cast iron pieces. This can be easily mistaken for an industrial tractor. However, I don't think the primer was used on sheet metal. I could be wrong.
Also, Deere often did custom paint jobs for their customers. A tractor could be painted any color the customer wanted. So agricultural tractors could be painted industrial yellow, if wanted.
Just to make things hard--Remember, industrial tractors could (and were) painted green/yellow from the factory. Isn't this hobby fun!
No I don't mean a U.S. soldier! I can't remember exactly where or when, but I have heard of some industrial Model Gs running around. Gs were never built by the factory in an industrial version, but there have been some conversions by people today to see what it would be like.
Hs were never built by the factory in an industrial version, but there have been some conversions by people today to see what it would be like. You can see an example, and the story behind it, here.
In the early 1950s, a JD dealer in Ukiah CA modified about 35 M's to compete against Ford 8N's in the hilly orchards and vineyards in the area. They had a lowered front axle and had their rear final drives rotated 90 degrees to the rear (The MI had its final drives rotated forward). 6 or so still exsist. You can see pictures of one for sale at www.vintagetractors.com There are no serial number records for the modified tractors, but the one at the above website has serial number 23016. Assuming all the tractors had similar serial numbers, they cannot be mistaken for an MI. Remember, MIs had numbers in the 10001-11032 range.
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