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03-25-2018 08:43:25

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I am considering buying a Farmall B from a family member and I was told it didn't have a starter so I assumed it was factory hand crank but today I was looking at it and it appears that the bell housing has a hole in it for a starter but but has no other electrical components. My question is why would the owner removed all electrical? Was this common? There is a plug or cover of some sort over the starter hole, and I have it posted below. Thanks!
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gene bender

03-25-2018 13:36:22

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to braedenstork, 03-25-2018 08:43:25  
Same old story it is an old tractor and you have no way knowing its history but it does sound like an early model that did leave the factory with flywheel and bell housing ready for starter but no other electric devices so remove the cover and see just what the fly does or does not have for a starter. Original parts can be found to make it original if that's what you want. Original starters Delco Remy # was 1101421 and gen # 1101423 or 1101355 with cutout on top wiring harness can be found as with the lites

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03-25-2018 12:25:42

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to braedenstork, 03-25-2018 08:43:25  
If no starter from the factory the flywheel probably will not have a ring gear. Add a ring gear requires splitting the tractor.
Looks like you have the front cultivator lift, can you get the set of cultivators? That would be a nice addition to the deal.


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03-25-2018 12:54:51

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to DaveBN, 03-25-2018 12:25:42  
We used to have all the cultivator pieces that would have fit this tractor but I guess they got scrapped somewhere along the way. On another Farmall B in the family it has the pneumatic Lift-All and the main tool bar for the cultivator but thatís i all thatís left.

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Dennis K (WA)

03-25-2018 10:57:12

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to braedenstork, 03-25-2018 08:43:25  
Could have come from the factory that way if ordered without electrics. Possibility there is not a ring gear on the flywheel also.

Not sure if flywheel is machined to accept one if not there but could be.


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03-25-2018 10:19:26

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to braedenstork, 03-25-2018 08:43:25  
They could be ordered with out electrical systems (except a mag for spark) the early ones didn't have a hole for a starter (IIRC). A blanking plate was to be used if there were no electrics. Putting a starter on it just requires a starter motor with mechanical switch, a pull rod, some cables, and a battery. It will start for days on a charged battery. When it gets low you can just charge it. You could also put a one wire alternator on it. Jim

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03-25-2018 10:41:21

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to Janicholson, 03-25-2018 10:19:26  
So would the blanking plate have been installed by the IH dealer or would this had been done by the owner later on?

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03-25-2018 11:11:14

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 Re: Farmall B in reply to braedenstork, 03-25-2018 10:41:21  
Blanking plate would be factory. Jim

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