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03-13-2002 17:37:30

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does anybody know much about english built B's - I live in New Zealand and have just restored a 1948 US built B and she is excellent but once you get the bug - as we all know it becomes an obsession - I am looking to buy a 1950 David Brown Cropmaster for around $340 US (new rings and valve grind and paint- shes a honey) and this English B (for hopefully $220US which looks to be around 1940 -I cant tell cus the serial number is EB 6840 or similar but it starts with EB anyway and its a kerosene model with a little round tank under the RHS of the bonnet in front of the tank...can anyone shed some light on Kerosene models and how they worked and English B serial numbers. thanks!

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Dick L

03-14-2002 11:30:24

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 Re: English B in reply to kiwipete, 03-13-2002 17:37:30  
I dont know any thing worth while about the EB tractors. What I do know about the kerosene burning tractors is that they start on gas and must run on gas untill the heat retainer will keep the intake air warm. The engine needs to be put togather with eather two matched head gaskets or crator pistons. I have some 3 1/4" crator pistons here I took out of a kersoene burning B tractor that I can take a picture of if it is of interest. I am attaching a drawing with the heat retainer as part of the drawing.

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Kiwi Pete

03-14-2002 12:41:56

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 Re: Re: English B in reply to Dick L, 03-14-2002 11:30:24  
Hey thanks for the feedback! I dont remember seeing a heat retainer on this tractor looked pretty normal to me and from what I have learned a lot of guys just ran the kerosene models on straight petrol anyway. Would that create a problem?

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Dick L

03-14-2002 13:18:50

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 Re: Re: Re: English B in reply to Kiwi Pete, 03-14-2002 12:41:56  
No, it wont hurt the tractor, it just has less compression because the pistion top does get as close to the to the firing chamber in the head.
I had the head off one that had flat top pistons that were down from the top on top dead center about 1/8 of an inch. It didn't have the little gas tank or the heat retainer. I put new sleeves and pistons in it and at the time thought that someone had put the wrong pistons in it. It just now came back to mind. Old men furgit don't ya know.

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