Uvalde High School senior Riley Dalrymple is among 12 finalists in a national contest for restoration of a 1925 John Deere tractor. His finalist position is for the restoration itself. He is still in the running for a video contest associated with the event.
Dalrymple’s project is part of the Delo tractor restoration competition. This contest was established in 1995 to recognize multiple aspects of restoration, including creativity, technical aptitude, business knowledge, project management, budget management, planning and marketing.
Dalrymple’s year-long endeavor began with the acquisition of a 1925 Spoker “D” John Deere tractor which was purchased originally in Nebraska.
“I found it in Prosper, Texas, and was fortunate to have the current owner as a sponsor for my project,” Dalrymple said.
The entire cost of the renovation was funded by the owner. Dalrymple put an estimated 1,200 to 2,000 hours of work into the project without receiving any monetary award for the work.
“When I first received the tractor, it wasn’t operational. I began to tear it apart, evaluating each piece to be sure they met the manufacturer’s original specifications. I was lucky enough to find new old stock – brand new old parts.”
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