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Can I add a starter to a 1939 B?

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Dan

10-29-2002 19:45:33




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I have a 1939 B w/crank only for starting, anyway to add electric start? work tractor.... not for shows....

Thanx, Dan




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Ron

10-30-2002 09:57:43




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 Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to Dan , 10-29-2002 19:45:33  
Dan, I assume your "B" is getting "cranky" to start (a little play on words ?). I too have a '39 "B" (mag ignition and crank start). It had been getting kind of a pain to get started lately. About a month ago, I took off the magneto (original FMJ type) and discovered problems with the impulse spring assembly (part of it was missing, must have happened before I bought it 25 years ago). Anyway, on the advice of this board I wound up with a newer FMX magneto. Presto, instead of breaking my 50 year old back cranking the thing countless times, it would fire up on the second 1/4 turn crank (like they did when they were new). Then (again on the advice of this board) I added AutoLite 295 spark plugs (instead of those "crappy" Champion J-8's), and my ol' Allis thinks she died and went to heaven (as well as my back). Truly an amazing difference !

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Butch(OH)

10-30-2002 04:11:28




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 Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to Dan , 10-29-2002 19:45:33  
To convert you will need to find a torque tube for electric start and of course a starter, charging system and wiring. About any tractor salvage yard will have a B or two or try Roger Vancamp in Fort Wayne IN.



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Dan

10-30-2002 06:47:56




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 Re: Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to Butch(OH), 10-30-2002 04:11:28  

Can anyone post a picture of the torque tube,

Is that like the whole frame between the engine and the shifter area?



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Butch (OH)

10-30-2002 07:14:14




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 Re: Re: Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to Dan , 10-30-2002 06:47:56  
Yep that would be it, one for a starter will have a hole on the right side.



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About forgot,

10-30-2002 04:12:25




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 Re: Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to Butch(OH), 10-30-2002 04:11:28  
You will also need a ring gear for the flywheel



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Don LC

10-30-2002 07:14:24




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 Re: Re: Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to About forgot,, 10-30-2002 04:12:25  
Your best bet is buy another tractor and then sell yours.....



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aaron

10-29-2002 20:36:41




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 Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to Dan , 10-29-2002 19:45:33  
Here is a non technical answer. Hand cranking is the easier way on such a small motor. Why give it up? I have a 1938 farmall 20 and it starts way more reliable than the other M's and such because there is no battery to go dead.



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Justin

10-29-2002 20:54:30




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 Re: Re: Can I add a starter to a 1939 B? in reply to aaron, 10-29-2002 20:36:41  
I agree! My B, starts great by hand and gives me a hard itme if I use the starter.

Justin



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