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08-14-2016 19:34:44

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Hello all, new to the site her and full of questions. Thinking of restoring my tractor down the road, but need to get her running right now. I've got a early 60's IH 240 utility and was hoping someone might be able to answer a few questions. She started out working fairly well when I first purchased her, but she has developed a problem. She started loping or chugging when I put her in gear and ease out the cluth. Initially, I thought I had bad gas or water in my tank, but I drained the tank and put in fresh with the same problem. Then I started to rebuild the carb and realized the throttle doesn't go to the carb, it goes to the distributer. Now I'm thinking I may have a problem with the distributer. Has anyone had a similar problem? If so what did you do to fix it. Thanks in advance.

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08-19-2016 17:40:35

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 Re: New to old tractors in reply to GarryLS, 08-14-2016 19:34:44  
I'm not much help with your problems but I am glad to see someone else has a 240 Utility besides me . I like my little tractor . I enjoy riding it around and doing small tasks with it . I'm going to get a " Bush hog " for it . That will probable be the hardest work it will do .

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08-14-2016 19:58:48

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 Re: New to old tractors in reply to GarryLS, 08-14-2016 19:34:44  
The hand lever for "throttle" controls the governor (which is located between the very front of the engine, and the ignition system) the governor controls the position of the carb "throttle plate". There is a tactic that needs to be followed. It is diagnosis first parts second. My first suggestion is to use an insulated pair of pliers to pull off each plug wire (one at a time, then replacing them) while doing this, notice the engine speed and sound. If it drops radically when a wire is pulled, that cylinder is working. Go to the next, and so on to the last (#1 is at the radiator front) if a wire is pulled and nothing chamges, note that on a pad so you keep track of them. If they all slow the engine, it will need other tests. If one or two make a big difference, change the spark plug from a cylinder that was Ok to one that makes no difference. If that cylinder now makes a difference, put new spark plugs in it. If not get back to us for more tests. Jim

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08-14-2016 19:53:58

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 Re: New to old tractors in reply to GarryLS, 08-14-2016 19:34:44  
The throttle should go to the governor and from there to your carb. It wouldn't be out of line to do a full tune up on it including plugs and points. While you are in the distributor make sure the shaft is snug without play in it.

Do you have an I&T manual for it? That would be a huge help for you. I'm betting a tune up helps her out, though.

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gene bender

08-14-2016 19:48:49

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 Re: New to old tractors in reply to GarryLS, 08-14-2016 19:34:44  
you are messed up linkage does not go to dist it does go to the carb after leaving the govenor but no linkage goes to the dist. Give the engine more speed they arent made to run around at idle. It startsd and runs so there isnt any great problem most of the problem is with the driver.

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LA in WI

08-14-2016 20:25:05

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 Re: New to old tractors in reply to gene bender, 08-14-2016 19:48:49  
Hey you ol' codger, go a little easy on a rookie! We don't want to scar him away.

Was it a little hot on the Iowa ride in June?

You need to come up here for the Badger Steam & Gas Show this coming Fri - Sun. Big show.
LA in WI

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