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1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Conversion to E

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Bob Bauer

02-19-2004 15:40:24
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Is there a conversion available for a John Deere 1943 Model A tractor from hand-crank start to electric start? It wears me out each time I have to hand-crank the engine over to start it.

On a different note, is the little clutch brake pad available? Is just the linning available or is it sold riveted to the metal backing?

Also, when using the tractor, the High/Low gear selector lever pops out of gear quite regularly. What does this mean?

Thank you,

Bob Bauer in Seattle

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Deereman

02-20-2004 13:32:06
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 Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Conversion in reply to Bob Bauer, 02-19-2004 15:40:24  
Your tractor shouldn't be that hard to start.



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Bob Bauer

02-20-2004 13:46:32
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 Re: Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Convers in reply to Deereman, 02-20-2004 13:32:06  
Deereman, it sounds like you agree with Tim, that it should only take a couple of turns. What do you suggest I do?

Thanks,

Bob in Seattle



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JDBert

02-20-2004 10:34:07
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 Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Conversion in reply to Bob Bauer, 02-19-2004 15:40:24  
Bob,
I have almost all the parts you need to convert your "A" to electric start, off a 46' "A" I have If your interested drop me a email.
Rob



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Clooney

02-19-2004 16:15:38
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 Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Conversion in reply to Bob Bauer, 02-19-2004 15:40:24  
Bob, lets answer your questions one at a time...

1)-"is there a conversion available for a John Deere 1943 Model A tractor from hand-crank start to electric start? It wears me out each time I have to hand-crank the engine over to start it"...>>> Answ, no actual kit available but if you search around you can find all the parts.. By far the best way to do that conversion is to buy an electric start tractor then swap over all the parts, then sell the that tractor as a hand start.. [sometimes a hand start will actually bring more money than an electric start]..

2)-"is the little clutch brake pad available? Is just the lining available or is it sold riveted to the metal backing?"...>>> Answ, yes, Deere has [or at least had them].. Kind or pricey for what you get.. You can always buy a clip on, then drill the rivets out, then buy new rivets from Deere & rivet that lining to your brake arm.. The holes don't always line up though but it will work with a couple of new holes..

3)-"when using the tractor, the High/Low gear selector lever pops out of gear quite regularly. What does this mean?"...>>> Answ, that could mean many things but the usual cause is worn trans bearings.. It could also mean that you have worn detents, or a bad bearing or wear on the trans input shaft..

JDClooney@aol.com

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Bob Bauer

02-19-2004 17:06:07
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 Re: Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Convers in reply to Clooney , 02-19-2004 16:15:38  
Thanks for all the info Clooney. I guess I need to toughen up about the hand cranking and chalk it up to exercise. Those old farmers must have been a lot tougher. No big surprise, but those Model B's are a lot easier to hand crank than their bigger brother the Model A.

It sounds like your telling me that I can still buy just the brake lining from my local John Deere dealer and rivet it on to the metal backing myself. Or, if I feel like spending the money, I can still buy the new lining riveted on to a new metal backing from my local John Deere dealer.

Thanks again Cooney,

Bob Bauer in Seattle

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Tim...OK

02-20-2004 04:06:48
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 Re: Re: Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - Con in reply to Bob Bauer, 02-19-2004 17:06:07  
Bob, that mag may need a little work,to help with the starting. a friend of mines A with a wico x and a "hot" coil usually starts on the first good pull,no problem to start. hope to get my A started this weekend for the first time. Thanks to all the help from Clooney and the guys on this board,I barely knew last year what a mag was :-)

Tim



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Bob Bauer

02-20-2004 10:26:34
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - in reply to Tim...OK , 02-20-2004 04:06:48  
Tim, I forgot to ask on my last post - what do you mean by a "hot coil"? And if I don't have a Wico X magneto should I get one?

If it turns out that I have a Wico (it seems like I've seen that name on my magneto), are there different models of Wico? Maybe mine isn't an X, or maybe it is tired?

Thanks again,

Bob



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Bob Bauer

02-20-2004 10:21:12
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 1943 John Deere Tractor Model A - in reply to Tim...OK , 02-20-2004 04:06:48  
Thanks for the info Tim. Is there someway to check my magneto?

If all it took to start my Model A was 1 or 2 pulls, I would jump for joy. I have a hurt tendon in my right elbow and boy it sure gets sore after trying to start the A.

And when it is warm or hot from being run and then shut down, you can forget about restarting it until it cools down.

Any ideas appreciated.

Thanks,

Bob Bauer in Seattle

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