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Farmall A starter rod

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05-15-2007 16:05:57

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I"m redoing a "41 Farmall A and it"s missing the starter rod. Anyone out there have a picture of a starter rod on an A? I can"t find a photo anywhere. I need to bend up a new one and don"t know what it looks like or how it mounts. Thanks!!!!!

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Dave BN

05-15-2007 19:53:38

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 Re: Farmall A starter rod in reply to bigr, 05-15-2007 16:05:57  
Starter rod is 5/16" rod,10" long with a 5/8" or so 90 degree bend a the bottom end where it fits into the starter and 1 1/2" 90 degree bend at the top where your foot pushes on it. The top bend should be angled down slightly to provide room for your foot to miss the gas tank. The 10" measurement is between the bends. The bracket that holds the top end of the rod bolts to the rearmost bolt of the fuel tank. That bracket is made of 1/8" plate that is 7/8" wide. It runs down from the fuel tank bolt 1 1/2" then makes a 90 degree bend and sticks out 2 1/2" horizontal to the tractor. It has a 90 degree twist and a hole drilled near the end for the starter rod to run thru. It's very simple but hard to discribe. I could e-mail you a picture if you send me you address. Dave.

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05-15-2007 18:18:01

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 Re: Farmall A starter rod in reply to bigr, 05-15-2007 16:05:57  
If it's like a Super-A, it's a straight rod with a right-angle bend at one end sized to fit through the hole in the lever mounted atop the starter switch and just long enough for the bent part to have a very small cotter key hole at the end, which points toward the engine. The other end of the rod passes through a hole in a flat support bracket (bent to match the rod direction) mounted on the steering support assembly and ending in a vertically-oriented circle bend big enough to stick a big ol' finger through. If the 'A' has a choke rod, match its circular end. The starter rod circular end sticks out right beside the light switch. On the Super-A it's a 'pull', not a 'push' switch. Don't know about the 'A'. If you have some rod of the right size, it shouldn't be hard to 'eyeball' a proper fit - nothing fancy about it.

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Georgia Boy

05-15-2007 16:57:35

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 Re: Farmall A starter rod in reply to bigr, 05-15-2007 16:05:57  
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The starter rod on my 46 A doesn't come further back than the rear support for the gas tank and I push it with my foot. It is a pain in the rear and an previous owner had rigged up the pneumatic lift control rod so that it was attached to the steering post and the starter switch and you just pushed it with your hand. I chose to return the old girl to her original configuration.

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05-15-2007 17:09:22

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 Re: Farmall A starter rod in reply to Georgia Boy, 05-15-2007 16:57:35  
Thanks for the picture. I know it's not original but I think I'm going to run back to the steering post. The picture looks like it would be a pain to work with the short rod.

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05-15-2007 19:12:38

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 Re: Farmall A starter rod in reply to bigr, 05-15-2007 17:09:22  
I have a B with the short rod. (oridginal) It works good to start it in gear. Just put your heel on the clutch & depress while your toe catches the starter rod.

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