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Re: 47 A JD

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Kelly N

07-26-2014 11:16:54

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I bought a 1945 "A" about 5 years ago that was set up for pulling with stamped wheels and 15.5 tires. It would not spin out in the 4500# class. Those old "all fuel" tractors had just alittle over 4 to 1 compression. I proceeded to remove the lift and PTO and put a flat plate on the back, removed the oil bath air cleaner, bored it out 125/000 and put high compression pistons in it and bought a 2000.00 head and after much tweaking, I finally got it to pull up into the 5500# class (but not well) I am saying that I spent over 5000 dollars on it and it was fun then. If you want to pull and not spend your life savings, get an H Farmall or a Oliver 77 which will lighten down to the 3500 or 4000 classes and go have fun ALOT CHEEPER.

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07-27-2014 16:21:11

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 Re: 47 A JD in reply to Kelly N, 07-26-2014 11:16:54  
I've been having a lot of fun with my '39 JD D. I haven't spent much money on it but I do spend a lot of time working on it. It wins around here in CO. At the Victor CO pull I pulled 6 times (3 times in percentage classes and 3 times in distance classes) and won 6 first places. I can get my weight down to 4920 so with the stock 501 cubic inch engine I've gotten it to make enough power to win.

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07-27-2014 16:28:25

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 Re: 47 A JD in reply to banjoblast, 07-27-2014 16:21:11  
Here's a video of my JD D pulling in Victor a year ago.

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07-27-2014 06:59:59

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 Re: 47 A JD in reply to Kelly N, 07-26-2014 11:16:54  
That's what I was thinking. What got me interested was that it has an after market water pump on it. These we usually put on when power blocks were put in. It does not have a power block but I thought maybe it was bored out with aluminum pistons and that is why it has the water pump. And maybe at one time it had a mounted picker and needed the extra cooling. With these old tractors you never know.

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