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Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories

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coonie minnie

06-08-2020 17:13:32




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I didn't realize you could swap the reduction gears between late and early A's???




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rla

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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