John Deere 4020: Something Sporty
A refurbished and souped up 4020 tractor from the 1970s was on display at John Deere's booth during the 2010 Commodity Classic.
May 18, 2010
From its working life in Ohio for the past 40 years, this John Deere 4020 has been rescued and given a second life. The unit has benefitted from sporty additions along the way. This uniquely designed machine made its market debut at the company's display booth during the 2010 Commodity Classic, held in Anaheim, CA.
This particular 4020 was updated by legendary automotive designer Chip Foose. "I've looked at tractors for years and always thought they're narrow," said Foose. "They look almost like a dry lakes car or even some of the old Indy cars, so that's the direction I took."
To accomplish this, Foose updated the unit's engine, transmission, clutch, and fuel system. He also added turf tires in the back and three-ribbed tires in the front.
In agriculture equipment circles, the 4020 is a true classic. Between 1963 and 1972, John Deere built more than 170,000 of these tractors at its Waterloo, IA, facility. These featured 6-cylinder, 404-cubic-inch engines, Powershift transmissions (which allowed for no-clutch shifting), and adjustable front-end and extended rear axles. According to the company, the 4020 was also the first tractor to offer a Roll-Over Protection Structure, now standard equipment on all models of tractor.
Between March and June 2010, the Chip Foose John Deere 4020 toured the country as part of the company's spring show circuit. At the end of June, the unit will be given to one winner as part of John Deere's Big Buck Promotion. Rules for this program can be found at www.JohnDeere.com.