The Nuts and Bolts of His Passion: Restoring a John Deere 435

A Texas teenager wins the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition with the restoration of his 1960 John Deere 435.

| February 2019

 Jordan-with-Tractor
The national champion and his finished project. “This is my first year and I was not expecting this,” Ricky Shilling says. “I was just expecting to come up here and do my best.” Photo courtesy of Ricky Shilling.

Inside a barn in Fayetteville, Texas, a small town halfway between Austin and Houston, Ricky Shilling spends his free time restoring antique tractors. At 16, he’s already accomplished at his craft.

In October 2018, Ricky was named grand champion of the Chevron-sponsored Delo Tractor Restoration Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. He bested 11 of the country’s top high school-age tractor restoration enthusiasts competing for the title in Indianapolis as part of the annual national Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention.

The competition is open to high school students from all over the U.S. Entries were narrowed to 12 finalists who presented their projects to a panel of four tractor restoration experts. Each project was graded on the restoration process, safety precautions, results, documentation and oral presentation.



steam-cleaning-housing
Steam cleaning the tractor’s transmission housing. Photo courtesy of Ricky Shilling.

As grand champion, Ricky won a $10,000 cash prize, which he intends to put toward his education. “The value of the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition goes well beyond bringing an antique tractor back to life,” said Dan Holdmeyer, Industrial and Coolants Brand Manager, Chevron Products Co. “This event is a combination of a vocational and business school experience that provides lessons our participants will take with them throughout their lives.”



SUBSCRIBE TO FARM COLLECTOR TODAY!

Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.




Facebook Pinterest YouTube

Classifieds

click me