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1945 john Deere a

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Jonathan Showalter

08-23-2014 05:04:26

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I'm looking at buying a 1945 john Deere a without auxiliary hydraulics or electric start. Does anyone know if either or both can be added? And if so how about a good, economical source.

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08-29-2014 18:38:44

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 Re: 1945 john Deere a in reply to Jonathan Showalter, 08-23-2014 05:04:26  

I also have a starter and top cover, but no flywheel.

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Dave Nepple

08-28-2014 20:11:23

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 Re: 1945 john Deere a in reply to Jonathan Showalter, 08-23-2014 05:04:26  
If you get together with the seller, I may have the parts for the electric start. We parted one out, but not sure of the year. have cover, flywheel, I believe I have everything. Located in n.c. Iowa. Thanks Dave

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Mike n Mo

08-23-2014 06:29:31

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 Re: 1945 john Deere a in reply to Jonathan Showalter, 08-23-2014 05:04:26  
To change hydraulics to be able to run a remote cylinder, change the power lift box to a power-trol box. Just a plug and play swap. To change to electric start, you'll need a different top cover (starter mount), a top-mount starter (different from the "belly" mount starters found on 47-52 A's), flywheel with ring gear, and a generator/alternator, and a place to mount the battery. To look origional/factory, that involves changing over to the "long hood" setup, but in reality the battery can be put wherever you find/make a spot for it. None of these parts are hard to find or expensive. Let me know if you need more detail than this. Mike

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Jonathan Showalter

08-23-2014 06:47:17

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 Re: 1945 john Deere a in reply to Mike n Mo, 08-23-2014 06:29:31  
Thanks mike n mo. If I purchase and decide to do some upgrade I might be back in touch. I don't know if I'll need either of those additions but wanted to know the possibilities if I did.

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08-23-2014 06:16:30

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 Re: 1945 john Deere a in reply to Jonathan Showalter, 08-23-2014 05:04:26  
Cheaper to buy what you want to start with not something you have to modify.

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08-23-2014 05:54:16

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 Re: 1945 john Deere a in reply to Jonathan Showalter, 08-23-2014 05:04:26  

First, the flywheel would have to have teeth for the starter to engage, so you would have to find a flywheel if yours has no teeth. I had an 1946 A and the starter was mounted underneath the block. I don't know about the hydraulics but I suspect you would have to change the whole housing under the seat. The hydraulic pump is transmission driven some way, never did get into that on mine. Short answer is I think it would be too much trouble and expense.


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