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Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories

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06-08-2020 13:58:56

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Many things on our little farm of 80 head total 36 milking are done with 2 cylinders. There is a one owner 42 6 speed B, 47 Little M , I resurrected a 44 A from parts & pieces that I refused to scrap. 2 model 60's, 57 620, 59 , 630, 2 1960 730 diesels. 1959 530. All of those are used for something in our operation. Normally the B rakes hay & hauls wagons fix's fence. 530 Teds hay & sometimes rakes hay. 620 & 630 bale hay, hauls silage wagons , plant corn or run the roller harrows. 730's run hay bines a 1219 & 1209 run the blower for filling the silo & one gets a 3pth NH chopper mounted on it for opening corn fields. The m cultivates the sweet corn, puts equipment away & hauls fire wood , buzz's fire wood. 60's haul the manure spreaders move round bales, wagons, run the grain drills. When the going gets tough the 2750 4wd & 3250 4wd are used for all the heavy tillage work & running the 2 row choppers & round baling. When the snow gets deep the 2750 is used on the spreader. The old 44 A is now electric start, with a 12v Model G starter motor, square seat battery box & float ride seat, char-lynn power steering it has more parts & pieces that don't really belong on it like a 52 A clutch pulley & 1st reduction gear to slow down the transmission. It's used for hauling hay wagons , wood wagons , stone boats & sports a 8' snow plow in the winter with a winter front. I even used in on Saturday pulling a 12' set of disc & later plant the last piece of corn on 4 acres we already took the hay off. Everything else was hooked to something being used? Currently have a 40 that went through a garage fire I picked up cheap, it doesn't run yet but it will someday when I have the time. Most of the 2 cylinder are put up in the winter, but ready to use if needed.

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coonie minnie

06-08-2020 17:13:32

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 Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories in reply to rla, 06-08-2020 13:58:56  
I didn't realize you could swap the reduction gears between late and early A's???

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06-09-2020 05:49:40

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 Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories in reply to coonie minnie, 06-08-2020 17:13:32  
Yes you can, maybe not on every model A, but this one worked Perfect. I had wanted to use the 1st reduction gear cover off the 52, the bolt pattern is different down low at the lower part near the pto brg cap. The larger gear does clear everything fine. I wanted the pulley guard at the rear of the pulley. I used the complete clutch from the late A. This late A had a cotton picker clutch handle, it's longer like the one's on the 50's & 60's but has small ball at the top. It slows the transmission down a lot. Since I planned on using it for a snow plow tractor, I removed the pin in the reverse fork so I have a high speed reverse, save time backing up the long driveways. Everything I've done to this OLD A can be reversed to factory. I wanted a short hood which makes the starter easy to service if needed. This tractor went through a Tornado in 1985 was all smashed, I bought at the time just for the parts I thought? After removing the bent & broken parts it started to look better & I had stored many parts I've saved over the years. Bought many of the needed parts off Ebay most of them at a price I was willing to pay. But like many OLD Deere's I have too much money in it to sell for a profit. Currently sitting at 2300.00 is what I've put into it over the course of 7 years resurrecting. The Char lynn unit & slowing the trans down are the biggest improvements. It has a block from a 46 A, Head is off a 47, the uncut hood & grills are from a 45 46 & 39 A's. The Generator is a 20 amp from a 3010. I picked up 90 over pistons new in the box off ebay for 47.00 delivered to my door, found the correct complete engine gasket set for 9.99. About the only New deere parts I purchased were the rings. Has distributor ignition from the 52 A The power of the tractor is good for an old A, pulled the 12' disc in second gear. I have a split pedestal from the 52 A I'd like to install on it so it has rollamatic but pretty sure the bolt pattern is different? I don't want to weaken that on piece cast steel Front Frame. So I believe it will stay as it is. Power troll box was also updated from the 52 A. It really was a joy to start & drive it under it's own power after near 32 years of sitting in a fence row. It actually runs perfect & it shouldn't, the carb is from a cyclone B I had on the shelf, after spending 100.00's of dollars on the A carb, it never ran right, One day I decided to throw cyclone B Carb on it for a test, that was 2 years ago, that carb made the difference in the whole tractor. I'm still looking for a Live Hydraulic pump kit for it. It requires a lot of time & records keeping them all maintained. All the 12V tractors I've installed a hour meters to help keep track. This 44 A is a Johnny Cash Special hand built.

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coonie minnie

06-09-2020 09:49:12

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 Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories in reply to rla, 06-09-2020 05:49:40  
Thanks for sharing. A long time ago, my maternal grandfather had rollomatic installed on his 41 A. I'm not sure if they swapped out the whole front shaft or what, but it is still on there! That tractor was a bit like yours- started out hand start, flat backed tractor- ended up a"long hood" with gas conversion, power lift and rollomatic!

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