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06-27-2002 18:57:49

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I've found a B that I'm thinking of buying for the next project that appears to be in fair condition, complete, not much rust etc. But a couple of things have me wondering. The seat is of the sprung type used on C's, not the bench type I see on every B. Also the rear hubs have smooth centers as if the lug bolts are covered. Is this a small weight of someones idea of a custom I'm hoping some of you with more experience with AC's can lend an opinion. Also need an opinion on the price of $900.


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Greg Ballantyne

06-29-2002 05:59:06

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 Re: AC B - modified? in reply to Gary, 06-27-2002 18:57:49  
Check a little closer, some books, pictures, etc. Does the tractor have B type "wishbone" front axle? You may be looking at a half n half tractor, or a B front on a C or CA rear section. They can be bolted together between the torque tube and the transmission. There are a number of those around, I went and looked at a CA "wide front" that was half n half a couple of weeks ago. I passed on that one, even when he dropped the price. With the half n half you don't have an original tractor, and you don't have the engine enhancements on the C or CA front end, although they generally work well enough.

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Rick ('50 B, NC)

06-28-2002 03:33:55

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 Re: AC B - modified? in reply to Gary, 06-27-2002 18:57:49  
What you may have is a "Monroe Seat" which was a dealer option on the B. My 1950 B has a Monroe seat that has been on the tractor since the day it was delivered from the dealer in 1950. If your seat has a little shock absorber that sits in front of the coil spring and fits diagonally from the seat to the saddle that connects to the transmission, look to see if it is a Monroe Shock. Yours may have been changed, but mine is a Monroe shock. I assume that it was made by the Monroe Shock Co. for A-C.

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06-27-2002 20:20:34

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 Re: AC B - modified? in reply to Gary, 06-27-2002 18:57:49  
If it has a pan seat, it is probaly a CA which is worth $900 in just about any shape. Check serial number see what it starts with B- is a B allis,C-is a C allis, CA-is a CA allis . I would probaly by it anyway because you ain't going to a B allis for $900, what ever kind of tractor it is it sounds like a GREAT DEAL.

Hope I have been of some help to you.

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06-27-2002 19:38:29

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 Re: AC B - modified? in reply to Gary, 06-27-2002 18:57:49  
its not uncommon to find a B with a CA seat on it. No "B" came with the pan seat. On the wheel, the standard B has a splined center that slides over the axle shaft. One "BIG" nut on the middle holds it on. The 5 lug nut style was optional on the B, standard on the C. IS this what you see?

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