Technical Council Representative
Bruce Johnson grew up on a farm in northern Illinois.
His father farmed as many as 400 acres on nights and
weekends, as he also held a full-time job in town. So occasionally
there were days that Bruce would be held out of high
school in order to get the crops in or out, depending on the
season. The farm used all red tractors, except for a ’39 Model
“H” and No. 7
was used for
farm had two
behind a tractor to the grain elevator about ten miles
away. A long hydraulic hose was extended to the second
wagon so either wagon could be dumped without getting off
the tractor seat. This 20-mile round trip was made many days
before heading off to school.
After graduating high school in 1970, Bruce attended
Kishwaukee College where he received an Associate Degree
in Agriculture Mechanics. After graduation, Bruce worked
for the John Deere dealer in DeKalb, Illinois, as a mechanic
focusing on 3020/4020 Tractors. He was also working at this
dealership when the 4430 & SoundGard bodies were introduced.
Shortly after Deere & Company introduced their line
of snowmobiles, the DeKalb, Illinois, dealership opened a
separate Lawn & Garden store where Bruce served as service
manager. This dealership elected to race snowmobiles, as
many dealers did, and Bruce was the driver of their sled,
competing in races in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Canada.
Bruce went back and taught two night classes at his alma
mater in “Small Engines” & “Principals of Ag Power.” This
was rewarding experience because the students ranged from
18 to 65 years of age, and were there because of their desire
Bruce restored his first tractor, an unstyled Model “B”,
over 35 years ago. The tractor was given to him by his father,
Ralph Johnson, a prominent International Harvester
collector and restorer. Since that first unstyled Model “B”,
Bruce has built a collection of thirteen different variations
of the unstyled Model “B” Series. He has restored many
other tractors and has had several examples of his handiwork
on display at Two-Cylinder Club Expos, including the first
Expo in 1987. Bruce currently works as a Project Engineer
for a major food company.