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Farmer transforms used tractors in his junkyard

Posted by Green Fun Store on 12/30/2010 to Current News/Events of John Deere
The Diamond Farms junkyard near Kingsley, Iowa is a little different from your average dump. Its owner, a farmer, collects antique tractors and restores them, hoarding them on his farm.

Duane Junck tells his CBS affiliate that he has been collecting the used tractors for years now and that "everything I buy goes to the Junck yard." Jokingly, he says: "Well I went to sales and stuff but they kept following me home you know."

Junck affirms that the first used tractor he ever restored was a John Deere tractor loader. "Bought a 36A," he asserts, when he first started "collecting because it was the same year as I was made." Currently, he is fixing up a used tractor made back in 1915 - one of only seven Wallis Cub tractors left in the world.

His pride and joy, a one-of-a-kind custom-modified Model T that he named "John Henry," in honor of John Deere and Henry Ford. Ultimately, Junck enjoys the meticulous work that is required of his craft: "It's just a challenge you know," says Junck. "It's just something to take care of the time you know."