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1930 Case L

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Steve (DE)

01-09-2017 16:06:36

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First, a big thanks to all on this board who have given me advice on the restoration of this tractor. I finally got to take it out to a show this past August, (Eastern Shore Threshermen)in Federalsburg, MD. Now, a new question. It is always a major annoyance to get this thing started, especially if it hasn't run a a month or two. I am getting both older and smaller, and the starting job therefor gets tougher each time, and I need to convince younger and stronger people that they would like to do it.

So, I was thinking about this when I remembered that there are a pair of 1/8" pipe plugs rusted in place on the intake manifold. One is in each of the two arms that go up to the block. What were these for? They only show up in the parts books as a line of text below the line of text for the manifold itself. If I were able to loosen one of them up, could I squirt some ether in there and get a much easier initial pop which would then get the engine going? What do you all think.

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Steve (DE)

01-10-2017 12:47:36

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-09-2017 16:06:36  
First, here are photos of the Case which I couldn't get to post last night.

Second, lets get back to the 1/8" plugs in the manifold. What were they there for? Why wouldn't a little squirt of ether in there not work. Spraying it in through the air intake stack is not reliable, though I did it a number of times before I got started on the restoration project, and mostly it worked.

An add-on starter is not a realistic option for me. Pull starting, or belt pulley to belt pulley are a nuisance for tractor shows.

Anybody else got a thought??


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01-10-2017 13:12:56

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-10-2017 12:47:36  
Dad and neighbors use to screw those plugs out and put a petcock in its place. Could hook up a vacuum hose to the vacuum line in the barn to milk the cows when the electricity went out.

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Steve (DE)

01-18-2017 16:14:27

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to casecollectorsc, 01-10-2017 13:12:56  
I thought you were pulling my leg with this one, but spent time last night with a friend further south in Delaware and he said that he had seen folks put a petcock with a piece of brass tubing in an intake manifold, so they could use their tractors to help with the milking. Only one-at- time he said, but really did work.

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Steve (DE)

01-10-2017 13:05:06

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-10-2017 12:47:36  
Another try at the photos

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Ron Sa

01-10-2017 07:41:04

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-09-2017 16:06:36  
I don't think ether and a hand crank mix. I understand old age and the Case L thing. I had that problem. I put a starter on my 1930 L. See picture on Pastor John's post a few hours ago. Probably not a solution for you. Most any 4 wheel drive pickup will pull-start and L if you let it roll to 5 mph first and use 3rd gear.

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01-09-2017 19:44:20

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-09-2017 16:06:36  
Hummmm...... By looking at the picture , your L has the rite block and transmission housing for a regular starter. If I m wrong , I stand corrected. You mite want to 'pop' the round tin cover off and look in at the fly wheel to see if it has a ring gear on it. Hopefully it does.clint

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01-09-2017 18:33:52

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-09-2017 16:06:36  

Does it have provision on the block for an electric starter? That would be the simplest solution. Ben

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Bob in Australia

01-09-2017 18:54:58

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to centash, 01-09-2017 18:33:52  
If it is 1930, it will not have provision for starter in the block. That happened from 1938 on. (I have pre and post 1938 tractors)

I use a MF35 to start my old Cases as I am now getting on in years. I direct connect the PTO on MF35 and Case, lift the MF35 back wheels off ground, engage ground drive, then reverse on MF (spins PTO in reverse). Makes starting old crank start tractors easy.

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01-09-2017 16:49:38

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-09-2017 16:06:36  
I have been thinking of making starters to fit my GC, and CI road roller. Mine do not have PTO's. I have been thinking of mounting a ring gear on the belt pulley with a starter to engage the ring gear. I can crank them fine now, but I do see that day in the future.

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Straw Boss

01-09-2017 16:26:22

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Steve (DE), 01-09-2017 16:06:36  

You could put electric start on the pto shaft. Nothing you couldn't pull off again to keep it original.

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01-10-2017 20:42:48

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 Re: 1930 Case L in reply to Straw Boss, 01-09-2017 16:26:22  
My cousin used to wrap a rope around the belt pulley, hook it to the trailer hitch on his car, get the tractor primed up and drive away. when he came back, the tractor was running. . Rip cord at its finest.

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