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  • Making my dream come true!  Bought a John Deere A tractor from the Waterloo Boys!
    Making my dream come true! Bought a John Deere A tractor from the Waterloo Boys!
  • Johnabilt- half John Deere, half Peterbilt!
    Johnabilt- half John Deere, half Peterbilt!
  • Beginning the process of tearing apart the engine and making sure it is in perfect working condition
    Beginning the process of tearing apart the engine and making sure it is in perfect working condition
  • Steve Koser - going over parts of the engine
    Steve Koser - going over parts of the engine
  • Ivan happy with the progress on the tractor.
    Ivan happy with the progress on the tractor.
  • The Waterloo Boys have spent endless hours working on the tractor.
    The Waterloo Boys have spent endless hours working on the tractor.
  • Planning out the route
    Planning out the route
  • Road testing the tractor to make sure it can pull the weight of a camper and all the supplies
    Road testing the tractor to make sure it can pull the weight of a camper and all the supplies
  • Ron Burkholder and Red Hurst.
    Ron Burkholder and Red Hurst.
  • Waterloo Boys at it yet another Thursday evening.
    Waterloo Boys at it yet another Thursday evening.
  • My grandkids Taylor and Tanner, and son-in-law JR Martin
    My grandkids Taylor and Tanner, and son-in-law JR Martin
  • A 1984 Peterbilt 359 cab is purchased to become the tractors new cab
    A 1984 Peterbilt 359 cab is purchased to become the tractors new cab
  • Cutting apart the Peterbilt cab
    Cutting apart the Peterbilt cab
  • Tractor Cab Frame begins to take shape.
    Tractor Cab Frame begins to take shape.
  • My 98 year old Aunt- Lizzie Lapp.  She has been an incredible support and encouragement.  She plans to ride with me on the tractor when I am in PA!
    My 98 year old Aunt- Lizzie Lapp. She has been an incredible support and encouragement. She plans to ride with me on the tractor when I am in PA!
  • Johnabilt- Part John Deere, part Peterbilt.  This emblem was designed by Eugene Nolt.
    Johnabilt- Part John Deere, part Peterbilt. This emblem was designed by Eugene Nolt.
  • Loading up the tractor for display at the Thresherman's Reunion.
    Loading up the tractor for display at the Thresherman's Reunion.
  • At the Thresherman's Reunion at Rough & Tumble, Kinzers, PA
    At the Thresherman's Reunion at Rough & Tumble, Kinzers, PA
  • Going through the parade at Thresherman's Reunion
    Going through the parade at Thresherman's Reunion
  • On display at Thresherman's Reunion
    On display at Thresherman's Reunion
  • Interview with Murph and Casey of WIOV radio station
    Interview with Murph and Casey of WIOV radio station
  • Bucket air ride seats from Hunter Peterbilt!
    Bucket air ride seats from Hunter Peterbilt!
  • Placing the cab onto the tractor
    Placing the cab onto the tractor
  • Grandson at work.
    Grandson at work.
  • Painting by Irvie Martin - looks great!
    Painting by Irvie Martin - looks great!
  • Fresh from the paint shop of Irvie Martin
    Fresh from the paint shop of Irvie Martin
  • Irvie Martin unloading it at ERM for interior and wiring
    Irvie Martin unloading it at ERM for interior and wiring
  • Wiring up the cab at ERM.
    Wiring up the cab at ERM.
  • Grandson Tanner helping in the shop
    Grandson Tanner helping in the shop
  • Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Installing the lights Ron Burkholder and Tanner Martin
    Installing the lights Ron Burkholder and Tanner Martin
  • Ready to add the shiny stacks!
    Ready to add the shiny stacks!
  • Wiring is complete!
    Wiring is complete!
  • Lights work!
    Lights work!
  • Check out the chicken lights across the top of the cab.
    Check out the chicken lights across the top of the cab.
  • December 28th, loading for pin striping and final exterior details.
    December 28th, loading for pin striping and final exterior details.
  • So mighty it can pull a Peterbilt rig!
    So mighty it can pull a Peterbilt rig!
  • Lighting up the night
    Lighting up the night
  • At the Harrisburg Farm Show with family
    At the Harrisburg Farm Show with family
  • Check out the rooster on the front of the tractor... proudly leading the way!!
    Check out the rooster on the front of the tractor... proudly leading the way!!

Watch the tractor evolve from ordinary farm machine to a retrofitted “Johnabilt” John Deere tractor with a Peterbilt cab! Follow the work and progress as the team plans, organizes, and develops the trip.

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