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Frank

05-01-2003 09:18:00




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How can I convert my AC B 1939 to elcetric start?
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Frank




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Farmer in the Dells (WI)

05-04-2003 05:34:43




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 Re: AC B in reply to Frank, 05-01-2003 09:18:00  
And keep in mind it was not too far after 1939 that the B tractors went to foot brakes. If you are planning on using it for mowing or any work other than showing it, I think foot brakes were a must. My '47 has them and electric start and lights. It is still 6 volt original and even though the starter is a little slow, it cranks easy enough. I can't bring myself to make the conversion to 12 volts. I agree with the earlier post that keeping it original may make it worth more to you on the seller's market. Put it out on this site and ask for a trade. A collector may need your model and year. The link has several B ads on this site. Try this one: http://www.tractorshed.com/cgi-bin/photoads/classifieds.cgi?search_and_display_db_button=on&db_id=36260&query=retrieval

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Jim in Michigan

05-03-2003 06:19:26




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 Re: AC B in reply to Frank, 05-01-2003 09:18:00  
Kevin is right,,u have to change the torque tube and flywheel...Jim



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Kevin (FL)

05-01-2003 14:31:24




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 Re: AC B in reply to Frank, 05-01-2003 09:18:00  
Frank,

I've never done it as ours is already electric start, but I think you have to get a torque tube section (between the transmission and engine block)that has the opening for the starter. Split the case on your tractor, pull the main shaft and whatever else and swap the torque tubes out. Of course you'll also need a starter and the linkages, battery and switch and wires. Assuming that the crank start/magneto tractors don't have a generator and lights--then you'd also want to add generator or alternator and lights.

Hope that helps.

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big fred

05-01-2003 14:56:25




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 Re: Re: AC B in reply to Kevin (FL), 05-01-2003 14:31:24  
You'll also need a flywheel with a ring gear, or fit a ring gear to your existing flywheel.



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David Madux

05-02-2003 03:40:41




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 Re: Re: Re: AC B in reply to big fred, 05-01-2003 14:56:25  
Unless that B has some family value, you would probably be better off selling it and buying one already set up the way you want it. You won't be butchering up an original tractor and you could probably make an even swap.



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