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TAS Country : September 30th 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010 Tasmanian Country 23 Tractors HOWLER: The John Deere 435 howls as it plows. GM heart FAR LEFT: While most model 435 production was centred at Dubuque Iowa, 371 examples were built at John Deere's factory at Monterey, Mexico. This tractor has the small clam shell type rear fenders fitted and has a wide track setting for row crop work, the rear wheel centres have been reversed to allow a few extra inches of track width. LEFT: John Deere Model 435 from the owners manual shows the standard model 435 tractor fitted with optional rear fenders. The model 435 was John Deere's first small diesel powered tractor and the first John Deere with 560/1000 revs per minute power take off speed options. ALL WORK: Steering and dash of the 435. Deere's Rosario factory in Argentina South America as the model 445 which appeared in 1963 and was built through to 1972. I am lucky enough to have an example of a John Deere model 435 on display at the vintage tractor museum at Westbury. This tractor was delivered new in Westbury with a side delivery John Deere baler and actually driven for the owner by my grandfather who called it the greyhound due to it being long and skinny. People who remember the tractor also recall the howl of the GM 2-53 2-stroke engine at work but it was something that never bothered grandfather as he was completely deaf. The tractor was eventually traded in on a new Case David Brown tractor and the fate of the 435 was unknown until an eagerly received phone call asking if we were interested in a GM powered John Deere for our collection. Apart from the fact it was a model 435 excitement rose as we wondered if this was indeed the tractor originally sold in Westbury that grandfather drove --- when the current owner told us he had gotten it from the Case David Brown dealer where it had been traded in we knew we had found the 435 we had been looking for. It was in surprisingly good condition with only the plastic steering wheel disintegrated and the rear mudguards rusted out in places. This model 435 runs the optional 5-speed transmission but not the power steering, has the standard seat, small rear fenders, lights and the sliding adjustable rear wheels. Whilst I still regard my model R diesel as one of the best John Deere tractors built, the howl of the GM Detroit Diesel 2-stroke with its blower never fails to put a smile on my face when we fire it up and the amount of new reproduction parts should hopefully ensure that one day we will have a tractor restored to as-new condition. The combination of John Deere with a GM engine makes for an irresistible collector tractor, unfortunately there are few to be found ''on the loose'' here but with an ever improving exchange rate and a fair idea of how many model 435s were sent to Southern USA it might be time for the serious collector to take a holiday overseas and bring back a little extra ''baggage'' and avoid the 'gators at the same time.
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