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Location of serial # tag?

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schramm

01-29-2001 22:35:23




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hello,i have a farmall tractor that i dont know what model it is or what year it was made.

description:4cyl.,gas,uses magneto not distributer,three wheels only-not two small wheels in front but only one in front,The guy i bought it from said it was either made in 1938 or 1939 but he never knew what model it was.The closest tractor i have seen that looks similar is a BN but it had two small wheels in the front where as mine only has one.

if you guys could direct me to where i might find a tag i could tell that way-so far i havent been able to find one.The tag on the BN was underneath the seat-however mine doesnt have one there nor is their evidence that their ever was one(no holes or discoloration) I dont know of any other place to look so I was wondering if they put the model or serial #'s on the block or cast them in somewhere??

this tractor runs good but is missing some governor linkage to the carb so i have to run it by using my fingers to control engine speed.It also has clutch problems-were hoping that something just came loose and needs to be reattached.

if you guys could give me some as to what model this is or to look for a tag it would be a great help...

thanks for your time and effort...schramm...

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Jim Becker

02-01-2001 17:15:42




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 Re: location of serial # tag? in reply to schramm, 01-29-2001 22:35:23  
The others have pointed you in the right direction. A couple other small points that might help:
- Most of the A/B series had the serial plate on the seat bracket but a few of the earliest had it on the shield below the pedals, at the front of the platform. Look there too.
- Most of the A/B production had matching engine and serial numbers (numeric part only). So if it has the original engine, it is likely the engine number matches what the serial number plate said.

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Red Dave

01-30-2001 08:17:40




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 Re: location of serial # tag? in reply to schramm, 01-29-2001 22:35:23  
Both B and BN were available with a single or dual front wheel. If you think it might be a B or BN, measure the distance between the right side seat bracket and the right side fender. If it is a BN these will be right together, on the same bolts. If they are about 4" apart it is a B. B's came out in '39 and BN's came out in early '41, I think. There should be a serial number stamped into the block, under the front spark plug, behind the magneto. It is not always the same as the tractor serial number, but, it would be close enough to tell what year it is. If that doesn't help, post a picture, somebody on here can probably identify it for you.

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schramm

01-31-2001 20:40:47




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 Re: Re: location of serial # tag? in reply to Red Dave, 01-30-2001 08:17:40  
hey michael,thanks for the info on the clutch adjustments.

and thanks to red dave for the ideas on how to tell the difference between the two models of tractors and where i could look for the serial # on the engine.

ill go check them as soon as i get some time and will write back with what i find...schramm...



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Michael Soldan

01-30-2001 07:16:24




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 Re: location of serial # tag? in reply to schramm, 01-29-2001 22:35:23  
I have seen B's with one front wheel. this was often an option ,depending what kinds of row crop you were growing. I have H's and an M and their serial #'s are quite visible on the transmission tube about where the clutch plate would be. It is possible that the serial tag is gone but unlikely.As for the clutch problem, my experience is that many of these old farmalls didn't always get their clutches adjusted as they wore.There are three bolts that make the adjustment so you don't have a sloppy clutch.I'm not familiar with working on a B, butlike many farmalls there is likely a plate on the belly pan to make the adjustment through."Schrammer", check out photographs on line, you should be able to find a B and compare it to yours. As for adjusting the clutch there is a jamn nut on the bolt into the pressure plate. Loosen the Jamn nut and turn the bolt in. You will see the "finger" move back towards the throw-out bearing. Leave about 1\16th inch between the finger and the bearing. When all 3 are adjusted you should have 3\4th inch play on the clutch pedal, and a good working clutch.Check the linkage from the trans. to the engine while you are in there.Best of luck from Mike Soldan in Exeter Ontario

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