Now that we have actually begun our tractor collection, the next thing we have to do is decide HOW we want to do this tractor collecting thing. Do we want a stable of museum-quality absolutely perfect, authenticlly documented tractors or do we just want the tractors to be all there and running. I have a buddy who is into Model A Fords, and the Model A thing has become so onerous that the "inspectors" will downgrade a car if there is one more pleat in the upholstery than was in there originally. I personally don't think I have the temperment to try and out-restore the super-serious restorer, and I don't think it would be much fun. The John Deeres that I drove as a kid never looked new, and that's how I remember them......with a normal coating of dirt and grease on the control deck. Although the most cherished picture on the walls of my office is a photo of a perfect Model G John Deere, I think I would much rather collect "working" tractors; in "working clothes", that make that healthy John Deere sound as they boil dirt over the sides of a drag scraper.