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Hot rod Deere 4020 unveiled at Commodity Classic

Agriculture.com Staff 03/04/2010 @ 4:17pm

It's been a mainstay of the machine shed on a lot of farms in the U.S. for decades. But by the looks of one on the trade show floor at the 2010 Commodity Classic, the 4020 may have a new future on the hot rod circuit.

On Thursday, automotive designer and hot rod builder Chip Foose of Huntington Beach, California, was joined by representatives from John Deere to unveil the product of months of design and iron work: A 1970 Deere 4020 tractor that's been given the hot rod treatment by Foose and his crew at Foose Design.


Chip Foose, automotive designer and hot rod builder, fires up the 4020 tractor his shop customized for Deere at this year's Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California.

The project wasn't an easy one -- with 14-gauge steel comprising much of the tractor's body and other parts constructed of heavy-duty steel, Foose says customizing the tractor took much more manpower and hours than a typical hot rod fabrication. And, throughout the whole process, he says he wanted to make sure the original integrity of the tractor was left intact.


Automotive designer and hot rod builder Chip Foose talks about some of the challenges of customizing a Deere 4020 after unveiling the tractor at this week's Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California.

"It's pure 100% John Deere. Everything we added is bolt-on. Within a day, we could have it in the field," Foose said Thursday while unveiling the tractor. "We didn't want to destroy the value there."

What's next for the 4020 after its appearance at Commodity Classic? Deere public relations manager Barry Nelson says the tractor will make a swing around the country before eventually landing on a farm. Deere will be giving the tractor away this summer as part of the John Deere Big Buck promotion.


Barry Nelson of John Deere talks about the customized 4020 tractor and the plans for it after its unveiling this week at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California.

"We wanted a well-known and creative auto designer to work on a John Deere classic and then share this customized tractor with people across the country," says Deere marketing manager Steve Geick.

It's been a mainstay of the machine shed on a lot of farms in the U.S. for decades. But by the looks of one on the trade show floor at the 2010 Commodity Classic, the 4020 may have a new future on the hot rod circuit.

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