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B wide front conversion

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NavVet

12-04-2020 21:09:04




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Hello. I have a 44 model B that I restored years ago. I want to convert a wide front. I have an opportunity to purchase a wide front, complete with pedestal for a 47 model G. I know there is quite a size difference between the two models. Would a G wide front and pedestal fit a 44 B? Thank you for all the feedback and assistance.




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NavVet

12-07-2020 16:46:20




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
Thanks Drew, the guy that I just purchased the original BW also sells parts and told me the same thing. After reconsidering...I just bought his BW complete tractor. I spent $200 more for the entire tractor then what it would have cost to convert mine. I do sincerely appreciate the feedback though. I will be back on here since the newest addition needs a block and head swap. Never done that to a 2 cylinder JD. Rebuilt plenty of Pontiac and SBC's in my time.

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Drew

12-07-2020 15:54:27




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
Sounds like its a moot issue now, but after rereading your original post the 1947 G axle wouldn't have worked on a 1944 B (assuming this was a OEM Deere axle and not aftermarket). The 1947 G axle would work on a late B with a pressed frame, but not your 1944. Until I reread the parts books I forgot that there are different split pedestals for early and late tractors and the early one you would have needed I don't think would have the correct holes for the axle on the bottom, and the late pedestal that would have the correct axle holes won't bolt up right to an early tractor (at least you can't mix early and late ones on an A, learned that one the hard way :-) ).

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NavVet

12-07-2020 13:55:02




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
[quote="CVPost-Loren in Iowa"](reply to post at 04:50:55 12/08/20) [/quote

Thanks for the pic. Good looking tractor. I gave up the search and just bought a true BW to restore. Not the way I wanted to go, but it was too good a deal to pass up.



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NavVet

12-07-2020 08:40:24




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
Nevermind..dumb question. Had to look back through my pictures of the tractor...duh!



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NavVet

12-07-2020 08:37:15




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
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What is the difference in the standard B narrow front pedestal, and the pedestal for a wide front B?



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NavVet

12-06-2020 11:11:42




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
Well that's good to know. The G front end is local and there are a couple pedestals on eBay for a B.



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Drew

12-06-2020 11:05:11




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
The axle should be fine, but a B will need a B pedestal not a G pedestal.



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NavVet

12-06-2020 10:59:05




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
[quote="CVPost-Loren in Iowa"](reply to post at 09:16:27 12/06/20) [/quot

Any pictures of the tractor after install? Trying to keep it John Deere so it would be a no modification required install.



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Loren in Iowa

12-07-2020 13:50:55




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-06-2020 10:59:05  


Not the best picture, but you get the idea.



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Loren in Iowa

12-05-2020 18:16:27




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
My brother and I put a Schwartz front end, off a G, on his 1941 B. There were many sets of holes on the Schwartz.



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NavVet

12-05-2020 07:10:01




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
That's the problem..I purchased a 3 point yesterday and while I was at the sellers house I saw his A wide front. I forgot how good they looked with wide fronts and now I want one.



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NavVet

12-05-2020 06:06:41




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
Ha ha :lol: The wide fronts don't come available very often and just had to ask. Thanks.



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Dan in Ohio

12-05-2020 07:07:20




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-05-2020 06:06:41  
Might be worth getting the wide front then finding a tractor to fit. Wide fronts on two cylinders were very uncommon in my area and I never even saw one till I started collecting about twenty years ago.



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Dan in Ohio

12-05-2020 04:42:34




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 Re: B wide front conversion in reply to NavVet, 12-04-2020 21:09:04  
Oh ya, it'll fit, kind a like this:


Please, take no admonishment, just could not resist.



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