John Deere Tractor Runs on Coca Cola Son of John Deere business owner in Plymouth Indiana searches for vintage photo of tractor raised up on Coca Cola bottles and finds it with a little help from the TIAS.com collectors newsletter.
News-Antique.com - Sep 06,2007 - Garden City, New York - September 7, 2007 - Is running tractors on Coca Cola the answer to global warming and high fuel costs? Not quite.
In the August 14, 2007 edition of the TIAS.com Collectors newsletter a reader submitted an unusual request...
"Back in the late 30's to 1945 my father owned a John Deere implement business in Plymouth Indiana. During fair time he would take a tractor to the LaPorte County fair in Indiana, which at that time was the largest fair around. I don't know what model it was but it was either right before the war or when you could still buy tractors. I was probably maybe 5 years old then. They would place a plank under the back wheels and a board under the front wheels, jack it up and lower it down on top of 3 coke bottles to show the balance of a John Deere tractor. They then would rope off the area to keep people from touching it. I wonder if anybody out there has heard of this, seen this or has access to pictures of this.... Jim Roush"
A few weeks later, the newsletter received a response from from Marilin & Randy Grahan which said " This photo was labeled 'They run on Coke too' It's from a farm magazine from the 1940's." The email included a black and white photo of a John Deere tractor raised up on 3 coke bottles. It's quite an impressive image.
The TIAS.com Collectors Newsletter is emailed twice each week to over 276,000 subscribers around the world. It is the worlds largest email newsletter for collectors. Subscribers can view the online archive at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/cn/ or subcribe for free at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter