My name is L.J. Guillory, and I restored this 1955 Ford 600 Series tractor with the help of my granddaughter, grandson, and great-grandson (and Steiner Tractor Parts!).
In 2018, my grandson and his friend found the tractor in the woods. It had been used to disc deer plots several years before it was abandoned. When it was found, the engine, transmission, and rear end of the tractor were full of water. The gas tank was completely destroyed. My grandson decided that the tractor was too far-gone, and since he didn’t have the time to invest in its restoration, I was happy to take on the challenge. In 2019, at the ripe age of 82, I began working on the tractor. My granddaughter and I sandblasted the parts of the body that could be restored. My great-grandson did the welding work.
About five or six layers of old paint were removed by hand and the parts were repainted with original Ford paint. Other parts such as a fender, heat shield, and battery tray had to be fabricated. I replaced the distributor, carburetor, coil, and gas tank. The tractor also required new oil and wiring. After a lot of hard work and long hours, the restoration was complete in early 2021.
I am very proud to use this beautiful tractor as a showpiece. It was truly a labor of love and best of all, it gave me an opportunity to make lasting memories with my grandchildren.
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