John Deere GP Wide Tread Completes Pair

Vintage tractor collector matches GP Standard with GP Wide Tread

| February 1999

  • Finished late last summer, the GP has already been to the state fair, and will probably go to a show at Waverly, Neb., this summer.
    Finished late last summer, the GP has already been to the state fair, and will probably go to a show at Waverly, Neb., this summer.
    Photo by David Miller
  • David Miller (right, at an engine show with Rick Rohrs) is more of an engine collector these days
    David Miller (right, at an engine show with Rick Rohrs) is more of an engine collector these days. But when he saw the GP widetread, he couldn't resist.
    Photo by David Miller
  • Painting the trim: hood, sheet metal, seat and flywheel.
    Painting the trim: hood, sheet metal, seat and flywheel.
    Photo by David Miller
  • The main case, with reassembly complete.
    The main case, with reassembly complete.
    Photo by David Miller

  • Finished late last summer, the GP has already been to the state fair, and will probably go to a show at Waverly, Neb., this summer.
  • David Miller (right, at an engine show with Rick Rohrs) is more of an engine collector these days
  • Painting the trim: hood, sheet metal, seat and flywheel.
  • The main case, with reassembly complete.

David Miller was chasing gas engines at a sale in a Wyoming when a funny thing happened. 

"I went to the sale because I was interested in some gas engines. And I got six of them. But I also got a tractor," he said. "It was just going way too cheap."

The tractor – a 1932 John Deere GP wide tread – may not have been on David's shopping list, but it made a good companion to a vintage GP standard he already had.

"It is a rare tractor," he said, "and that makes it more desirable. They only made about 4,000 of them."



The GP in general was not a best-seller, David said.

"It was underpowered and overweight," he said. "And there were quite a few problems with the carburetion."