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Re: Shutters

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Rod (NH)

03-29-2003 21:48:04

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Hi Tyler,

According to the parts book I have for the B, shutters were used on tractor serial number B43301 and up. For serial numbers B101 through B43300, a curtain assembly was used. Prior to B101, nothing was used. My '42 B is serial B58812 and has the original shutter assembly. They do get rusted up and frozen. Mine had not been operable (frozen open) for many years until last summer. I took it apart, sandblasted it, painted it and got it back in operation.

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Tyler(WA) Thanks

03-29-2003 22:48:04

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 Re: Re: Shutters in reply to Rod (NH), 03-29-2003 21:48:04  
That means my SN 4117 had a "curtain assembly." So, what's a curtain assembly look like? Mine has a hole in the radiator cover that looks like where the shutter adjustment sticks through. Is that where an adjustment for the curtain assembly fits?

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Rod (NH)

03-30-2003 11:24:13

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 Re: Re: Re: Shutters in reply to Tyler(WA) Thanks, 03-29-2003 22:48:04  
I have never seen one but it appears from the parts book to be a fabric (canvas?) curtain that hangs in front of the radiator and behind the grill...in the same area as the shutter assembly would be located. It is not shown how the curtain is operated. Presumably it would have to be raised or rolled up in some fashion as the engine temperature increased, but I don't know. The same part number is indicated for all radiator shroud/grill assemblies after ser. B101 so that could account for the hole. I wouldn't take the parts book as absolute gospel but it's the best info I have. See also the post above by jimg.

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03-30-2003 18:48:17

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Shutters in reply to Rod (NH), 03-30-2003 11:24:13  
i was always under the impression that shutters were an option that u could order special but im not certain about that.

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03-31-2003 15:34:04

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Shutters in reply to rudy, 03-30-2003 18:48:17  
I thought the shutter was used with a 2 fuel setup. First start with gas and then operate using kerosan. For the tractor to run correctly a higher temperature was needed so a shutter was used as was covers or caling mounted on the manifold to build heat. I think the thermosate was higher also in the multi-fuel setup. Maybe gas was scarce or expensive in the 1940's ?

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