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First time owner TO-35

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10-14-2020 16:45:43

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Hey all!
My wife and I have acquired a true barn find. 1955 TO-35 Serial # 140868. Four gauges. Been parked so long that the tires are flat and the bottoms have rotted. Engine rolls over. Grabbed a 625 CCA 6V battery from Rural King and it will spin with the plugs out, but has to work hard with them back in. I need to pull of the gas tank to clean it. I can't get the sediment bowl to unscrew from the bottom of the tank at this point or the bowl to come off of the assembly either. Tank seems to be solid, just some crude in that I want to clean out. I'll move some pics over from my phone and post up in a bit if I can get logged in with tapatalk. Otherwise I'll email them to myself and post them up tomorrow.
I will bug you guys with questions as I get moving on this thing. I hope to pull it out on the flats under it's own power and then load it on a trailer to bring home. She'll get an oil change and fresh coolant prior to starting and moving. I just want to get her home where I have some air tools to be able to pull off the wheels and get new tires mounted. I am going to have to replace the rim on the back left due to the lugs rusting off of the current one.

Pics soon!


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10-23-2020 06:59:27

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 Re: First time owner TO-35 in reply to Paramedicrn, 10-14-2020 16:45:43  
Also can anyone tell me the size/length of the spring needed for the governor that is at the top of the assembly and where it mounts to on the lower side? I have a drawing, but I still can't make sense of the location and size.



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10-23-2020 05:55:39

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 Re: First time owner TO-35 in reply to Paramedicrn, 10-14-2020 16:45:43  
Ok, A small update. Finally got the sediment bowl to come off and took the entire shut-off off the tractor and cleaned it well. Have to go get some gasket material to get the bowl to make a good seal, but I now have clean gas running to the carb. That is next on the list. Make sure the carb is processing fuel. Then I'll give it a whirl to fire.

I did find this tidbit on the tractor. I knew it had a low serial number (sometimes good, sometimes bad), but found the tag on the transmission of A-30-5 which I understand to be Jan 30, 1955. She probably rolled off the line in the next couple of days. Kinda cool.
Trying to figure out if it has the 2 stage clutch or not. Would love to know that the hydro will work full time.


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10-17-2020 17:05:15

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 Re: First time owner TO-35 in reply to Paramedicrn, 10-14-2020 16:45:43  
Came home from work and my wife hands me a binder with some original owners manuals for the tractor, cultivator, plow, and something else. Saves me ordering the stuff.
Maybe I'll have to find the plow and stuff listed and see about a larger garden plot someplace LOL

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10-15-2020 06:36:17

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 Re: First time owner TO-35 in reply to Paramedicrn, 10-14-2020 16:45:43  

I did pull the plugs, add some oil and turned it over several times with the plugs out. Recharged the battery and put the plugs back in, but doesn't want to turn easily. I'll have to try the jump start later when I am closer to actually firing it up. The cap, rotor, and points all look good.
I did try to polarize the gen. but didn't get any type of spark or anything when attempting. Will try taking apart electrical connections and cleaning terminal ends to see if that helps.
Oil seems ok and proper level. Didn't notice anything there that would indicate water contamination at this point.
I put some antifreeze in yesterday when I was over there and was surprised it really didn't seem to have anything in it.
I figured I'd see a hose seeping or something. Will have to check the crankcase again if the level goes down.
Haven't owned a tractor before, kinda excited. For no particular reason I've always wanted to have a tractor hanging around the place. As a teen we had a Farmall Super M and a H that was on the property we rented. We used the H to run a log splitter and occasionally mowed with the Super M. I would like to get her cleaned up and paint freshened up a bit.

Acquired a 1962 IH B162 dump bed grain truck at the same time as this tractor. It appears to need more work so the tractor gets to play sooner :)

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10-14-2020 21:49:55

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 Re: First time owner TO-35 in reply to Paramedicrn, 10-14-2020 16:45:43  
Welcome Paramedicrn!

Yes, it's a 55 TO35. Looks to be all there, just waiting for some TLC!

Before trying to start it, give each cylinder a squirt of oil, the rings are dry.

You can jump it with 12 volts for the initial start up. Just don't leave the ignition on between trys, and don't marathon crank on it.

I would not change any oils yet. Just crack the drain plugs on the engine and cases, let any water out, and check the engine oil level.

If you change the oil now, you will just loose it, or have to try to keep it in something and keep it clean.

Try to get it running, take it for a run, listen and look for problems. You want to get a game plan, fix everything at once so you don't have to go back in.

A shop manual is a good investment.

Keep in touch, ask all the questions you want, we.re here to help!

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10-14-2020 16:58:52

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Ok here are the pictures. I don't know how well this will work, but here goes nothing :)


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10-14-2020 17:19:38

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