Scott Tech diesel technology class restores tractor

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Chance Chapman described future uses for the 1972 John Deere 50-20 tractor to members of his morning class in diesel technology, a project that kept his classes and other departments engaged through the school year at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett. Students, standing at right, are: Elijah Sturgell and Ty Roethemeier. Sitting at top are: Tyler Stow, Colton Wright, Austun Periman and Triston Caywood. Murray Bishoff/

1972 unit to serve as showpiece for program achievement

A class project for Chance Chapman's diesel technology class at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett was restoring a John Deere 1972 50-20 tractor, which will now serve as a showpiece for the program.

Chapman explained the tractor was pulled out of a field and underwent a complete overhaul. The engine was disassembled and given a complet head job. The auto collision class repainted the tracker. The precision machining class reworked the frame to make sure the roll bars and fenders would mount properly. A new canopy, decals and LED lights were mounted.

The tractor was the 63rd to the last of the 50-20 models made. Chapman said the unit will be used in a tractor pull and appear in events like parades to showcase what the Scott Tech classes can achieve.