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Converting B to orchard

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12-08-2001 09:10:21

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I was interested in getting into fixing up and painting old small utility tractors like ford n series, farmall cubs, A-C B's, and Ferguson 20-35's and selling them to people for work tractors around their acreage. I was considering setting some tractors up for loader work, others with belly mowers etc. I saw a picture in the photo section of an Allis b "converted to orchard": >Link

How do you do this? Is it reversable? How much does a b cost? cheaper than say a 9n?


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12-08-2001 11:42:57

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 Re: Converting B to orchard in reply to Nzer, 12-08-2001 09:10:21  
Allis made a version of this picture callled an "Industrial B". The one in the picture is acutally a "B" converted. The IB had a steel C channel around the engine and radiator. anyway--- you can make a tractor like the picture out of a B. The rear axle housing bolt to the transmission with 4 bolts. you remove the bolts and turn the axle housing so the drop box is pointing forward instead of straight donw. This lowers the tractor 6 inches. Now the brake rods and misc things dont fit and need modified. The fenders in the picture are from a B. The Allis factory version used WD45 fenders. The C fenders and seat frame would have to be "modified" to work. NOw the front end. You need to lower the axle 6 inches some how. You can make your own, or cut 6 inches off the verticle spindle tubes if you have the adjustable or "box" axle, If you have the wishbone axle you are probably going to remove it and start over. Any way it makes a good looking tractor, but dont plan on making money on it. Most rebuild of old tractors end up being a "project" and the chance of getting out what you spent on it is slim. I had thought about makeing one of these "modified B' llike the picture, but i ended up finding an old IB to restore. Still thinking I would like to do the modification sometime to a starndard B. Another note, you can mount a 3 point hitch on a B or C. It is a real paint to make it fit an IB. They sit so low to the ground, and when you rotate the axles forward you dont have much left to mount things to. Look on the "tractor photos" on the right of the page. type in Allis then IB to see the factory version. A good B, that needs some work can cost about $1000. put $1000 worth of paint, tires, battery, etc into it and 6 months work and you have a $2500 tractor. NOt much profit. Good luck----- --

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