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SYSK: Teenager restores 1965 John Deere tractor


Aplington-Parkersburg junior Aaron Mulder spent more than 300 hours restoring a 1965 John Deere 3020 tractor.

Mulder was encouraged by his FFA advisor and his dad, who also restores tractors, to pursue the project.

"It was pretty beat up. Had some rust on it. I had to fix the gas tank and radiator," said Aaron Mulder.

It took about a year to complete the restoration, but all Aaron Mulder's hard work could really pay off.

He's in the running to win $10,000 through the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition, and you can help by going online and voting for his tractor.

"Go to the web site and there's a picture of the tractor, you go to view and at the bottom of the page hit vote," said Mulder.

Aaron's tractor is the only Iowa tractor in the Delo competition.

"They're looking for someone who's passionate," said Mulder.

Throughout the restoration process, the teenager communicated with the dealer in Canada who sold the tractor when it was new.

Aaron said the project took a lot of patience and dedication, but he's proud of the final product.

"I think it's awesome," he said.

The high schooler has already started on his next restoration project, a 1969 4020 tractor.

Hopefully, he gets the same results as he did with his 3020 restoration.

Click here to vote for Aaron's tractor. The first phase of the competition runs through the first part of October.

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