Why Chip Foose Loves John Deere

December 22, 2009

Most of our readers have likely taken notice of the John Deere Big Buck Sales Event, a promotion featuring the giveaway of a Chip Foose-modified John Deere 4020 Tractor and 3 John Deere Gator utility vehicles. Another incentive specific to this promotion is 0% financing for 48 months on any new John Deere purchase.

For those of you living under a rock, unfamiliar with the legendary Chip Foose, here is a short biography detailing his accomplishments along with some images and a video pertaining to the contest and providing some background on the John Deere 4020 tractor. Any questions you may have concerning the contest, please leave them in the comment form below and we’ll be happy to provide you with any further details.


Chip Foose Bio:

Known for his clean designs and sophisticated style, Chip Foose is a living legend in the automotive industry. His customization of classic American hot rods and muscle cars include the iconic and eye-catching Impression, Stallion, Foose Coupe, and Grand Master.

Chip and his team turned clunkers into dream rides for five seasons on Overhaulin’ on The Learning Channel. In addition, his design work has been seen on the big screen in movies like Blade Runner, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Cars.

Chip is a three-time winner of the prestigious Ridler Award from the Detroit Autorama, seven-time winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award from the Grand National Roadster Show, and holds a Best in Show from SEMA. He was the first person awarded the Good Guys Trendsetter Award and has been recognized with seven Good Guys Street Rod of the Year awards.

In addition, his designs have earned him a place in the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, the Darryl Starbird Rod and Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame, San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the Diecast Hall of Fame.


About this project:

Chip Foose has worked on cars, trucks, motorcycles, school buses, and event the Motor City Hotel in Detroit. The Big Buck is his first tractor.

The 4020 will be completely taken apart, detailed, and then rebuilt. All components will be removable, so the tractor could be returned to stock.

Chip was surprised when he saw how big the tractor is; he wasn’t expecting it to be so tall.

When the tractor arrived, Chip drove it off the truck himself. Then he took it for a spin around the block because he was having so much fun driving it.


Awards & Recognition:

SEMA Best in Show

  • 2002: Speedbird, 2002 Thunderbird

Hall of Fame Memberships:

  • 1997: Hot Rod Hall of Fame – Youngest Member Inducted at age 31
  • 2002: Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame
  • 2003: Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame
  • 2005: San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  • 2009: Diecast Hall of Fame


  • Five seasons aired on TLC from 2004 to 2009
  • Premise: The Overhaulin’ team worked with the car owner’s friends to surprise the owner with a custom overhaul. Each overhaul was completed in one week by Foose and a team of talented mechanics known as the A-Team.
  • In Season 3, Chip himself was the mark. The Overhaulin’ Crew teamed up with Chip’s father to overhaul a ’56 Ford Pickup that Chip wrecked as a boy.


View more video footage on our John Deere Video Page and on the MachineFinder YouTube channel.

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  • Justin Gerard

    Very Cool! I think that this is a very interesting project. I like the idea that all of the components will have to be removable, so that the tractor could be returned to stock… Not that anyone would want to do that after Chip Foose tricks it out.

    I am really looking forward to the end result.

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  • Cameron Hileman

    So excited about Foose redesigning a tractor! Cant wait to see the finished product!

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  • Dan Chasey

    We are the dealer on the West Coast that has had a lot of dealing with Foose Designs on this deal. I cannot reveal much about it yet.. but the pictures are so cool to see the progress as it come along. It will be unvailed on Thursday at the Commodity Classic in Anaheim/ I myself, hardly cant wait and I have been the one ordering the misc parts that they have been using. Before too long the picture will be out. It is so cool. go to the website: http://www.deere.com/en_US/CCE_promo/big_buck/index.html# and check out the video’s.

  • http://facebook John Nowacki

    I like Chip Foose , but if anyone else wont say it I will , What a piece of crap and a huge dissapointment , he took one of the best looking tractors ever made and just plain screwed it up .He could have went a lot of different directions with this build and came out with something really off the hook

  • Machinefinder

    Hi John – we certainly understand that the design did not hit everyone’s expectations and your (and everyone’s) opinions are appreciated. Thanks very much for stopping by to comment as well.

  • http://jopelkey@cableone.net Jimmie Pelkey/Animal

    Love your show, The tranny in my 99/F150 is being rebuilt for the secound time now. This time I believe it will be done right. I love my truck, It is possibly the best F-150 that I have ever owned. Out side of the 1958 Wagon I once had. Then came my 59 X-Police car, Super car it was. I have served in the Army from 1963 untill 1975, Nam Vet, 100% disabled and relie heavely on my F150X-stend a cab long bed pick up. I would like a new one, “BUT” So far I’ve not found a “NEW ONE” that I like, The 2011 Super Duty coming out might be the answer, But MONEY is a factor here. Keep up the good work, And I will keep watching the show. Just wish I could draw as well as you Chip. God Bless you and your crew. Nice work everyone…
    Jim Pelkey/Animal Denison, Tx.

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