Model D Crawler

The John Deere tractor ran very well on distillate, kerosene, good grade furnace oil, light grade fuel oil, at a cost of about 6 cents per gallon which looked awfully good to the average farmer during the depression period. Jesse had thought a lot about putting tracks on a John Deere, so in 1932 he put a pair of Best tracks and rollers on a John Deere Model D. They had built 3 or 4, when word got back to John Deere.

Colonel Wiman the head of John Deere, was a man of vision and requested that one be sent back to Moline for a demonstration. So they sent one back to JD with Jesse to demo it. It was a raw cold day, Jesse drove it onto a log and spun it around, Col. Wiman was ecstatic. By the way, he wasn’t known as the Colonel yet. When the demo was over, Jesse and the Colonel went back to his office and warmed their cold feet up on the radiator. He then told Jesse that they were discontinuing that model of D. Jesse said it was all worth it. “There I was, just a little dealer, warming my feet with thee top man at John Deere, Charles Deere Wiman.”

I have arranged the photos in groups of different crawlers, I need the help of you and your knowledge of the Model D to tell me if I have them correctly separated.

This is the very first Model D that Jesse added tracks to.

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

First Model D

 

 

 

 

 

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Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

Model D Crawler

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Model D Crawler

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This would be the last Model D converted into a crawler.  Notice in the upper right portion of the forth photo below that there is a brand new Model GPO Crawler.

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

Last Model D Crawler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: There are no Model D Lindeman Crawlers that have survived but Bob Smythe reproduced a version of this last model and invited me to take it for a drive.

5 Responses to Model D Crawler

  1. lance bowman says:

    if you like rare JD models, check out the April 2011 issue of Green Magazine it has a whole section on rare JDs. also google JD 60 crawler, a man built it out of 60 and 2010 crawer parts.

  2. Tom Crain says:

    The fella I bought my ’34 A & ’35 B O (3rd one built) up in OH always said there was a collector out in Wyoming I believe who had a rather large collection of 500-600 John Deeres and supposedly had a Lindeman GPO & a Lindeman D plus many others of every make & model.

  3. gordon manchak says:

    I was totally surprised to hear that a model D john deere crawler ever existed. Amazed to find these photos as well. Thanks for the pics and insight. Where would or could a person go to view one in person?

    • Ted E. says:

      There are none of the original Model D’s still around, the only one that I know of is a reproduction done by Bob Smythe of Portland, OR. He sold his complete JD Collection of over 70 BO Lindemans, GPO Lindeman, D Lindeman, BI Lindeman, High Crop Lindeman, Waterloo Boy, Ls & LAs to Polk Auctions a few years back. I have seen a photo of the D and High Crop sense he sold them but can’t find out where the are. Some one said they are in Texas somewhere. I wish they would contact me so I can update the serial number lists. If you or anyone else find out were they are please let me know.

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