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Antique John Deere Tractor: JD AO

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This is one of fourteen variations of the John Deere Model A - the orchard version. Production started in 1936 and ended in 1953.

JD AO Tractor


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Fred Dwinnell wrote on Friday, December 27, 2013 (PST):
  • I have 1947 JD AO that we restored I built new full fenders like new, runs good,I would like to know what it should be worth
    DC wrote on Sunday, June 02, 2013 (PDT):
  • Trying to find a fair appraisal value for my 1952 AO serial #281194; any suggestions or ideas
    Jeremy wrote on Monday, August 30, 2010 (PDT):
  • Hello ,i just bought a 1943 AO, i dont know much about it and i need a gas tank and a hood.
    Ron Sa wrote on Thursday, October 22, 2009 (PDT):
  • What is the scoop on the early A models having a center full fuel tank
    John Graham wrote on Thursday, August 20, 2009 (PDT):
  • I m restoring a 1936 AO Serial #AO 253229 need both right left dust shield fender reinforcements. From JD parts book - AAA 595R 250000-271999 right hand and A 963R 250000-252691 left hand. I understand AR and AO are interchangeable.
    Rizwan-ur-Rasheed Khan wrote on Sunday, June 01, 2008 (PDT):
  • I am from India. My father purchased two Tractors Model A amd M some time in 1947. Both worked upto 1976 at my orchards upto my full satisfaction. Due to non availabilty of spare parts,tractors were disposed off as scrap material some time in 1990. Few implements of 1947 including one Mold Bold Plough, spelling may be incorrect are still with me. Those implements if have any value as an antique, the same can be collected.
    Lon Nielsen wrote on Sunday, March 18, 2007 (PST):
  • My dad has serial #1180 she runs fine. had the radiator recored. We need fenders flarings nose cone.any help
    James Duncan wrote on Friday, July 07, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have a John Deere Model A tractor and my brother left water in the block and it cracked last winter. How do I fix this block- can I weld it? and what should I weld it with?
    Marian McGrew wrote on Sunday, May 14, 2006 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a picture of a JD model A tractor. I want to put a keepsake picture album of all the tractors my dad had on the farm.
    Dan Frieden wrote on Friday, February 24, 2006 (PST):
  • I have a J.D.A parts tractor,a 2-row cult.A J.d. corn picker#101.IF Interested in any thing please contact me. thank-you
    William wrote on Thursday, December 15, 2005 (PST):
  • I am looking for sheet meatal and raditor tanks for a aos. My email is shultzinator at hotmail.com thanks
    Dan wrote on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 (PDT):
  • I'm interested in buying a styled A, wide front. If anyone reading this wants to sell one, just let me know some basic stuff about it, how it runs, asking price, etc. Thanks for your help. Dan
    Drew wrote on Sunday, September 18, 2005 (PDT):
  • I was wondering if anyone could price a couple of AR's for me. One is a 1952 and is stuck and in fair condition. The other is a 1937 and is stuck and in pretty rough condition. Any info is helpful. Thanks.
    bruce wrote on Sunday, March 13, 2005 (PST):
  • I have ordered some of Bob Merten's sheet metal for my aos. I still need to get a grill but Bob isn't making one, he can't get the letters across the front to come out right. If anybody has a aos metal grill, [new or used] please email me back.
    Woody Mouw wrote on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have serial # 1711 for sale it is complete and restorable runs good have all sheetmetal including batwings, nose and fenders are dented but usable will sell for $10,000 it is located in Modesto ca. (209)545-1417
    RANDY MILLER wrote on Monday, April 05, 2004 (PDT):
  • IAM LOOKING FOR A MUFFLER FOR A 1946 AO DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY RESOURCES FOR ONE? THANK YOU.
    G Rogers wrote on Monday, November 24, 2003 (PST):
  • I have one of these AO tractor for sell, if any body need information please contacme at the e-mail adress.
    fred byrd wrote on Monday, July 07, 2003 (PDT):
  • 1937 gravely modeL L need info
    Jack Jory wrote on Thursday, June 26, 2003 (PDT):
  • I drove my Unkle's 1939 AO during several Summers in Siverton, Oregon in the late 1940s. He had a hop yard and walnut orchard. He had the tractor rebuilt at the dealer in Monitor, Oregon sometime in the late 1940's. It was a real work horse. We use to start in on gasoline after opening the petcocks on each cylinger. Once started, we would then switch over to stove oil or kerosine. It didn't look exactly like the tractor in the picture, the fenders looked different. I can remember having to stand on the wheel foot breaks when trying to turn sharply to the left or right. It could be hard to start on cold morinings. It was a flywheel start tractor. I can remember to this day the amount of muscle it took to get the fly wheel going fast enough to make it start. It was a real thrill for a young high school kid to drive it while plowing, disking or harrowing.
    Larry Stewart wrote on Thursday, February 06, 2003 (PST):
  • my father has a john deere that he identifies as a 1936 AO i know it is a multi fuel and that he ahnd my grandfather restored it almost 40 years ago. i grew up riding on it as it plowed, cut hay and bailed alfalfa every year. it sit at our ranch now and every once in a while we will fire it up just for kicks. it still runs great and could go back to work any time.
    Billy Ratliff wrote on Sunday, December 29, 2002 (PST):
  • I have an AOS that I need bat-wings and grill for. A couple of years ago I purchased a fiberglass grill that did not work, I also have bat-wings that I don't think I will be able to mount because they will have to be twisted as they are put on to make the correct shape. I would appreciate any information on AOS sheet metal.
    Jeremy wrote on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 (PST):
  • For all of you wondering about how many of these tracors were built here are some numbers for you. There was 762 gasoline tracors, 733 All-Fuel tractor, and there was no LP-gas tractors built.
    Bob wrote on Sunday, September 08, 2002 (PDT):
  • Looking for any parts for 1947 John Deere A (tricycle wheel). Please advise.
    Zach wrote on Monday, July 15, 2002 (PDT):
  • I saw two of these AO's at the expo show in Waterloo, Iowa on July 13, 2002 along with hundereds of other two cylinders
    TENA ENGLAND wrote on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 (PDT):
  • LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE 1ST JOHN DEERE TRACTOR.
    joe wrote on Thursday, April 11, 2002 (PDT):
  • Saw one like this sell last week for $21500.00 Went to Canada...
    Jeff Douglas wrote on Monday, August 27, 2001 (PDT):
  • I am restoring an AOS and I need a real good photo of the Decal on the Dash. Its the one of the deer jumping over the rock facing to the right above this is JOHN DEERE and below is MOLLIN.ILL.
    Jeff Douglas wrote on Monday, August 27, 2001 (PDT):
  • Rodney, Send me your e-mail and I will send you info on a new nose for the AOS.
    Rodney wrote on Saturday, June 09, 2001 (PDT):
  • i am looking for the nose for an AOS, are there any reproductions around, any help welcome
    Jeff Douglas wrote on Sunday, May 20, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have an A ser# 1251 it has spoked front wheels , almost all sheet metal is in need of repair but it runs and looks like an AOS
    DAN MAIER wrote on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 (PST):
  • ALL SHEET METAL PARTS ARE NOW AVALABLE FROM BOB MERTEN HIS NUMBER IS 541-352 6926 AND HE IS REPRODUCING HIMSELF FOR THE AOS STREAM LINED ,IF ANYONE HAS A USED REAR FUEL TANK SUPPORT FOR A AOS PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT MAIER DMC 7,THANKS
    robert sterling wrote on Tuesday, November 07, 2000 (PST):
  • I am in the process of restoring AOS 1179. Any advice or extra parts for an AOS you may have would be appreciated.
    Ted Jacklovitz wrote on Thursday, November 02, 2000 (PST):
  • My Dad owens 37 AOS it didnot come with steel or front nose cone it is 10th one built and starts on 2nd crank.I call it BATmobile.it is one of 25 of are old johndeeres.
    Darol wrote on Sunday, October 29, 2000 (PST):
  • At Merced College in California we have a Model AO dating back to 1936. However, the ID tag states only Model A but the serial number refers to all AO parts in the book. Do we have a true AO or some kind of hybrid? The fenders have been scabbed back together after some branch blight as some point in time but the hood has the protector shield over the fillers. True AO or what?
    Scott Repik wrote on Sunday, October 15, 2000 (PDT):
  • That is a AOS because it is stream lined. My father and I restored a 1936 John Deere AR. It is a little the same.
    STANMORRISON wrote on Saturday, September 23, 2000 (PDT):
  • I ENJOY LOOKING THROUGH THE TRACTOR SHED,AND JUST BY ACCIDENT I SEE THE NAME WILLIE YOUNG I WORKED FOR HIS FATHER OPERATING THE MODEL A. IN THE LATE FIFTIES.I WOULD LIKE HIS E/MAIL ADDRESS OR IF THAT IS NOT POSIBLE MAYBEYOU COULD FORWARD MY ADDRESS TO HIM, AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE ENJOYMENTI GET FROM YOUR WEB SITE THANK YOU.
    Willie Young (Western Australia) wrote on Sunday, July 16, 2000 (PDT):
  • Wehad a model A and a model AN when I was a young fella in Scotland.When we sold up to emigrate to WA one was 21 and the other was 22.and still going strong. Now I am trying to get one similar to restore but that type of configuration did not seem to be used in this State. I think I may be on the trail of one in South Australia. I have recently completed restoring a 1948 Fordson Major E27N. They were made in England from 1945 to 1952 after production of the old Fordsons ceased at the end of the war. I often wonder how many US made tractors lie at the botton of the Atlantic still entombed in the many allied ships torpedoed during WW2. Knowing the way these old beasts were made they`d probably fire up after a couple of pulls on the flywheel even down there. Eh? Regards to you all.
    Ed Long wrote on Saturday, February 26, 2000 (PST):
  • my e-mail adress is jdtractorholic
    Ed long wrote on Saturday, February 26, 2000 (PST):
  • I am currently restoring an aos what a job trying to find parts.I have everything except the pipe between the air cleaner and the carb. can anyone help if so please e-mail me thanks
    Roger Roberts wrote on Wednesday, November 03, 1999 (PST):
  • This tractor is an AOS and not really an AO the serial number on this tractor runs from 1000-184?. I own two of these and the one pictured does not have the correct front rims. The were solid in nature and no slits. The slit rims came after the AOS was dropped from production in 1941.
    Ed Reynolds wrote on Sunday, September 26, 1999 (PDT):
  • My dad bought new a tractor which said AO on the side. It had the side exhaust and the air cleaner didn't have a stack but the sheet metal was all AR so was this an intentional hybrid? It was a 1952. In 1953 they looked the same but were designated 60 O.
    Gary wrote on Sunday, September 26, 1999 (PDT):
  • Looking for information on 1947 John Deere A flywheel start.


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