April 29, 2011
Howdy folks. Hope everyone had a great week, but now it is time for Friday Fun and for you to kick back, relax a bit and enjoy the weekend. Last week’s edition brought you a look into all the different styles of John Deere inspired boots. This week we are switching it up a bit and bringing you a great story about refurbishing a 1963 John Deere 4010 Series 213 tractor…with a twist. The tractor actually belonged to the King himself, Elvis Presley.
Now for a little history lesson about the tractor itself. Elvis acquired his John Deere 4010 tractor with the purchase of a Mississippi ranch in 1966. Having grown up around farming in Tupelo, Elvis knew he needed the best equipment possible to care for the land he had just purchased. After Elvis sold the ranch, the tractor moved to Graceland and was used to maintain the landscaping on the property for decades.
The project was taken on by a group of students from Northwest Mississippi Community College. Four students and their instructor put in nearly 400 hours of work on the project in just 30 days. It wasn’t until they were finished when they found out who the tractor had belonged to. They were informed when John Deere representatives and officials from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. came to praise the students for their work and take the tractor to Graceland to be displayed at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.
Wow! Those students sure did a wonderful job restoring the King’s tractor. Not only did they do an impressive job, but it is also such a neat story. The students knew that they were a part of something special, however, I don’t think they knew the magnitude of the project. The tractor is currently on display at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum located at Graceland. John Deere, the college students, and the King himself have come together to bring a piece of history back and have a lot to be proud of.
Be sure to let us know what you thought about the project and bringing a piece of the King back to life in the comments section below!