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What year B continued

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E needs

08-11-2014 12:15:27
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Heres some casting numbers and a look at the rusty hunk of iron. Shes on the border line of being for parts or trying to get it to run. Hope these help narrow down the year some. Thanks!

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Pete in MD

08-12-2014 13:47:26
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
The casting codes B1300R and B1688R show it to be a '39 or early '40 like James and Stan said.



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Sam Duck

08-12-2014 07:39:49
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
Hi, I have a 39 and 40 B that both have all fuel with 2 filler caps. The one pictured appears to have only 1. looks like a later year. Sam



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Stan - Florida

08-11-2014 17:09:15
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
I agree completely with James Howell - it's a '39 or a '40.



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thdrduck

08-11-2014 15:03:26
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
I thought 39 was the first year of the "styled" B starting with ser#60000. Did I miss something?



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BlaineM

08-11-2014 17:05:34
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to thdrduck, 08-11-2014 15:03:26  
Serial number 60000 was the first styled "B" built 21 June 1938.It was shipped to Waterloo,Iowa.Considered 1939 model.



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Geoff Mathews

08-11-2014 14:39:24
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  

I have a 4 speed B shipped in August 1938 - it looks very similar.



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Geoff Mathews

08-12-2014 01:06:46
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Geoff Mathews, 08-11-2014 14:39:24  
This is 60617.



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B-maniac

08-11-2014 17:09:39
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Geoff Mathews, 08-11-2014 14:39:24  
It may have been shipped to a dealer in Aug '38 but some were sent back to factory and some even done at dealers to have styled sheetmetal installed because once customers saw the styled '39,s they couldn't sell the unstyled leftover stock. Actual sell date and ship dates were two diff. things.



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Jake Winn

08-15-2014 09:29:23
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to B-maniac, 08-11-2014 17:09:39  

We have B 60006, the first styled BN. Built June 18th 1938 and shipped to the Sales Dept for photo purposes. Then shipped to the Portland Branch in late August of 38.



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James Howell

08-11-2014 14:05:18
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
After looking at the first photo of your tractor, it narrows down the year to either 1939 or 1940.

Notice the design/style of the right brake on your tractor.

Compare it to the photos below of the right brake on "Uncle Earl" our 39B.

The photo below shows the right brake on "Lazarus" our 40B.

Your tractor will also have a 4 speed High/Low with reverse.

Hope this helps.

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J. W. Schwiebert-2

08-11-2014 12:49:04
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
There were also changes in those tractors during World War 2. One was the radiator Does the radiator have a pressure cap? Some also have a different frame. I would need to look in my book.



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Harvey2

08-11-2014 12:43:09
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to E needs, 08-11-2014 12:15:27  
The styled B with pan seat was built from 1939 to 1946. Does it have a four speed trans. or a six speed?
That fact wood help to narrow down the search somewhat.
The numbers you show are casting numbers. Take a picture of the gear shift quadrant and the dash and the serial # if possible.
The serial # might be obliterated but could be enough to piece it together.



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Pete in MD

08-11-2014 19:44:40
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Harvey2, 08-11-2014 12:43:09  
Harvey,
I believe the styled B with pan seat was built until about the middle of model year 1947. The late styled B with battery box seat was started during model year 1947.



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BlaineM

08-12-2014 06:11:28
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Pete in MD, 08-11-2014 19:44:40  
The first battery box seat,late styled "B",was built 4 February 1947.The last pan seat "B" was built 9 January 1947.



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Harvey2

08-12-2014 03:35:04
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Pete in MD, 08-11-2014 19:44:40  
The 1947 tractor was started to be built in 1946
John Deere started and ended their year in the middle of the year, like in August.



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Pete in MD

08-12-2014 07:34:01
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Harvey2, 08-12-2014 03:35:04  
Harvey,
The dates Blaine gave confirm what I said that both early and late styled B's were built in model year 1947.

When B's were introduced for model year 1935 the model year ran from Nov 1 to Oct 31 the following year. This continued through model year 1937. In 1938, the model year was cut short to 8 months and ended on June 30, 1938. Model year 1939 started on July 1, 1938 and continued until June 30, 1939 as the first year of "styled" tractors. The 1940 through 1947 model years continued with July start dates and June end dates. Model year 1948 started on July 1 1947 and ended on October 31, 1948. It was 16 months long and put the model year back to Nov. 1 to Oct. 31 starting with model year 1949.

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Harvey2

08-12-2014 08:04:04
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Pete in MD, 08-12-2014 07:34:01  
Pete in Md.
Thanks for the research on the dates.
Back when I collected John Deeres, I looked at all those details as, "Useless information"
There were those that if you let them they would talk aboot unimportant details till the cows come home.
I hope you know what I'm trying to say. If all those details are ones cup of tea, so let it be,cause everyone has their likes and dislikes.



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Pete in MD

08-12-2014 13:38:12
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Harvey2, 08-12-2014 08:04:04  
Harvey,
I came by that info somewhere that I don't recall. Might have been here on YT. Anyway, I just put a note in my parts book cause I thought it might be helpful to someone in the future.

Useless information is not my cup of tea either. I just mentioned it when you said pan seat B's ended with model year '46.



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Harvey2

08-12-2014 16:59:08
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Pete in MD, 08-12-2014 13:38:12  
I enjoy when two people with opposing views can have a gentlemanly chat.
As you probably know, model year and calendar year to JD can be two different dates.
I surmise that MD in yo name means the state of Maryland? If so vath part are you in?
I have been across that state many times.
There were a man in Fredericksburg I bought JD parts from aboot 40 or 35 years ago, I forgot his name.
"Yovn Tov"

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Pete in MD

08-12-2014 20:18:33
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Harvey2, 08-12-2014 16:59:08  
I'm in Millersville, MD Harvey. Where are you from?
I do know when someone talks about a tractor or asks what year a tractor is, it's always model year, just like trucks and cars. Calendar year only comes in play when talking about the actual build date.
How about translating "Yovn Tov" for me.
Fun chattin' with you as ol' John T. says.



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Harvey2

08-13-2014 05:23:28
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Pete in MD, 08-12-2014 20:18:33  
I see yo are close to the beltway.
I'm in south Indiana, aboot 20 miles west of Louisville,Kantucky

The translation is, Have a good day.
Its Hebrew



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Tim S

08-11-2014 13:26:36
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 Re: What year B continued in reply to Harvey2, 08-11-2014 12:43:09  
"Forensic evidence" Fun stuff...and like some one on here said a while back "if it cast a shadow it can be restored"



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