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11-29-2005 05:51:53

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Does anyone know if the tail light with the red bullet on top was on certain year tractors or models or optional or what they came on? I have a 49 S-A that has one. I think it is original. I got it from the original owner. It is still a basket case. Sat in a barn not started for 15 years.

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Jim Becker

11-29-2005 16:45:14

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to MikeinKy, 11-29-2005 05:51:53  
According to Guy Fay's book, those lights were available as of March '48. They were probably available for dealer or customer installation shortly after that. When they were available as a factory installed option probably depended on the tractor model. By about '52 the other style light with the red light set in the main reflector was available. Once it was available, the earlier style light was probably discontinued.

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Randy in NE

11-29-2005 10:20:50

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to MikeinKy, 11-29-2005 05:51:53  
OEM Tractor Parts have the for $49.00.

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11-29-2005 07:35:08

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to MikeinKy, 11-29-2005 05:51:53  
The bullet (or teardrop) shaped tail lignt appears to be original on my late '48C. Don't know what years or models it was used. I believe that it was manufactured by Guide Lamp Corporation and was also used on other makes of tractor. I've seen them mounted on fenders (Allis I think?). Came across a reproduction on some website or other, but have not been able to find it again.

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11-29-2005 07:28:51

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to MikeinKy, 11-29-2005 05:51:53  
I have an H that sat under the same tree for 25-30 years, the top of the gas tank was rusted away even. Well it was also locked up by the way. All that has been off this tractor is the hood and valve cover to loosen a stuck valve and it purrs like a kitten now. All I did was fill the cylinders with tranny fluid and let it sit a day or 2 and hit the starter and it popped loose. Theres a place called Korves Oliver that sells those lights. Ya I know Oliver but there the same little red bullet light.

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11-29-2005 08:11:28

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to old, 11-29-2005 07:28:51  
Old, while it's true that Oliver, Allis-Chalmers, and even John Deere used that same light, they are not all the same. The light used on the IH tractors had the wire going down through the mounting stud and into the larger light that it rode piggy-back on. The other applications had the wire going through a rubber grommet to be connected somewhere else. The red lenses are all the same. I think it was Willys that used this same light with a clear lens and mounted it on the front fenders to serve as parking lights.

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11-29-2005 10:58:57

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to RustyFarmall, 11-29-2005 08:11:28  
Guess I should have made it more clear that the place has the lens but not sure about the rest.

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Dave in CT

11-29-2005 06:48:56

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to MikeinKy, 11-29-2005 05:51:53  
Have you tried the initial steps to revive it? The 'in a barn' aspect of it's retirement is significant. We hear stories all the time of tractors that have sat outside for many years and folks have gotten them going again without a major overhaul. Sorry, I don't know anything about the taillight.

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11-29-2005 08:46:35

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 Re: bullet taillight in reply to Dave in CT, 11-29-2005 06:48:56  
Yeah, I'll try all the home remedies to get it to turn over. I have been redoing old tractors for about 15 years. The more I do , the less I find out I know. I hesitate to say restore, because I repair what is broke and repaint. I normally don't totally disassemble. Last year I sold a tractor to a gentleman that kept refering to it as restored, I reminded him several times I didn't consider it restored. I rebuilt the engine, hydraulics, steering, and shifter assembly. And painted it. That's all it needed.

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