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'41 AC B

Is This Enough Tractor for...........

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Novice Tractor Guy

03-05-2001 09:05:41

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.......finish mowing 4-41/2 acres? Could I pull a grater box with this easily?
Any and all replies are greatly appreciated....


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03-05-2001 16:24:53

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 Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Novice Tractor Guy, 03-05-2001 09:05:41  
Dont know exactly what you are going to be doing with the tractor. If you think you want hydraulics or three point, see if the tractor you are lookng at has a pump. Should be right side of the PTO shaft under the seat. Has a small lever with eyelet sticking forward under the seat. These are high pressure low volume pumps, but do good for raising the center deck or rear equipment. Most B have a wide front end (axle) that helps if on slopes and hills. Does it have an electric starter? Personally I like the B, but the C and CA have a little more HP and adjustable rear wheel track for various applications.

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Novice Tractor Guy

03-06-2001 04:15:24

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 Re: Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to steve, 03-05-2001 16:24:53  
Thanks for your reply. All I plan to use the tractor for is mowing, but would like to be able to pull a grater box for my drive. It is a hand crank type. The owner stated it had working hydraulics, but this is all I know. I have a very flat property here in South Louisiana. Thanks, TM

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03-05-2001 16:06:17

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 Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Novice Tractor Guy, 03-05-2001 09:05:41  
Many B's and C's have been equipped with a 5' Woods belly mower and done just fine. Be warned, you're looking about 4 1/2 hours to mow the lawn! I bought a 6' finish mower and mad a rig to drag it around the yard - but it was too big for the B if the clover was tall.

These are a bit smaller HP than the ford, but what they trade off is weight. They go 2000 lbs versus the Ford's 3400. 9" turfs and a set of GM or Ford 15" wheels (mine were Camero spokes) with low pressure up fron and you'll not leave a mark on your grass.

Problems? Check for oil running out of the brake ports at the bottom, indicating a bad seal. Check the final dives for slop - with the ighnition off, tractor in 1st gear, see how much you can move the rear wheel before it comes up agains th motor. THis also will show up as a "slip-bang" or general slop when releasing the clutch, particularly going from forward to revers. It's pretty easy to adjust a bit, but major slop meens new bearings. ALso, the older tractors often need valve jobs - watch for surging or dying under load when hot, or excessive smoke. Check for excessive slop in the steering - again, adjustable to a point. Check to see if the drawbar mount hole in the final drives are not broken, and that the clamps that holed the drawbar can be removed intact. Starters that skip indicate a chipped ring gear on the flywheel.

Guess what - that's about all the parts there are!

Watch your water temp - dandelion fluff will plug the radiator!

Mags are more forgiving of living outside but the distributor actually performs a little better. A good tune-up is a must, if run lean they'll burn the valves.

Watch the PTO - it is not live or independant - when you push in the clutch the mower will drive the tractor via the fianl drive. A $40 overruning unit will fix this.

Also, the early PTO shafts are undersize, you need an adaptor to run most equipment.

Check out the posts for the guy who put a loader on his - Way Cool although I hope he as a spare front end

PS I love my little Allis B - It's getting a $1000 makeover right now!

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01-13-2006 06:35:47

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 Re: Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for..... in reply to D13, 03-05-2001 16:06:17  
I also have a Allis B I use to mow. Love it..
My question is how do I make (live power), without rebuilding it? I have the unit apart now to replace drive shaft and main xmission shaft because of a worn spline. Also I need a good source for parts. I live near Milwaukee, WI

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Dave in Mo

03-05-2001 09:21:07

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 Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Novice Tractor Guy, 03-05-2001 09:05:41  
Novice Guy, the Model B doesn't have enough power to pull the hat off your head and the front axle looks like a lil' girl designed it. But all seriousness aside, this tractor has the power comparable to an 8N or a Farmall A. I know 'cause we've got three of them. It should pull a 5 foot box blade okay, likewise for grasscutting. I'd fit an aftermarket (3) point hitch to the hyraulics though so you can easily attach all the nice implements that are available.

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Novice Tractor Guy

03-05-2001 10:37:21

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 Re: Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Dave in Mo, 03-05-2001 09:21:07  
Thanks for your input. I was hoping it was a comparable size to an 8N. BTW, is there anything specific(or quirky) I should be aware of, when looking at the B's?


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03-05-2001 12:32:12

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 Re: Re: Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Novice Tractor Guy, 03-05-2001 10:37:21  
The Bs are just about bulletproof, the C or better yet the CA is more comparable to the 8N as far as horsepower,weight,capabilitys and so on. The B is rated for 1-16" plow, the C is rated at 2-12"s and both the 8N and CA are rated for 2-14"s. Yet the B,C and CA's motor is a 125 cu in while the 8N's is 119 cu in. Compression and slightly bigger pistons on the CA was varied on the AC's to make different horsepowers on the same engine. Don't overload it and I wouldn't pull anthing bigger than a 4' blade,bushog,disk,etc.

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Dave in Mo

03-05-2001 12:26:33

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 Re: Re: Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Novice Tractor Guy, 03-05-2001 10:37:21  
For some reason, they seem to be easier to work on than the 8N because accessiblity is lots better. They are very rugged. We have a magneto on ours and it beats those darn coil setups. We just split our B last month just to take a look at the clutch. It was ridiculously easy and the clutch was fine, just had a lil' oil leak on the rear engine seal held on by a small aluminum plate. Costs were about nothing. The ergodynamics are not as good as the Ford and the seat is way too wide. We slide around alot, but we use the pully on the back to run our hammermills and shellers for thresher shows. I think the A/C tractors in general are underpriced for what you get simply because the demand is not there like the Fords.

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03-06-2001 07:17:06

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: '41 AC B - Is This Enough Tractor for........... in reply to Dave in Mo, 03-05-2001 12:26:33  
The seats are wide on the B & C to allow easy vision when cultivating, yet allow you to sit center when doing other chores. This contrasts with Farmall Cultivision tractors that have you offset all of the time, Personally, I like the bench seat.

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