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    Model A(s)

    My dad acquired a pair of model A tractors from a job he did on a backhoe. They did run awhile ago but no longer. My friend and I would like to play with restoring one as I have the other and a model H. Is there anything in specific about these tractors and how they work compared to others I may have worked on?
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    There is a plethora of information on these units and parts are readily available. Enjoy every minute of it, they dont build'em like that anymore.
    Share some pictures when you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    My dad acquired a pair of model A tractors from a job he did on a backhoe. They did run awhile ago but no longer. My friend and I would like to play with restoring one as I have the other and a model H. Is there anything in specific about these tractors and how they work compared to others I may have worked on?
    They are fun to work on, simple and like he said they don't make them like that anymore. I rebuilt a '46 A. Does it still have magneto and 6 volt? There lots of little things that could cause them not to run, you'll have to let us know what the problem is and pics are always good.
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    I will do that for sure. My dad did put some sort of starter on it I know that. We were started on one but when he took the cylinder heads off we noticed a partial crack in the frame. So I'll have my welder friend take care of that.
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    What year is it? Stamped frame or angle steel frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
    What year is it? Stamped frame or angle steel frame?
    I'll let you know years tomorrow. And what do you mean by stamped frame? How do you tell?
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    The latest models had the stamped frame going from the engine block forward to the front pedestal and is formed as apposed to the older models where that frame looks like a flat plate going from the engine to the pedestal. If you google a 1952 B and look at the side frame and then google a 1941 for example it will be easy to see. Good luck.
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    Oh, these tractors have a frame that runs up and has curves in it. Smooth edges. If that's what you mean.

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    Sounds like stamp frames. Older has like heavy angle iron frame from engine block to front end. Get serial numbers and can tell you the year.
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    1963 JD 4010. 7' Lucknow 3pt Snowblower
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    1951 JD MT.
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    These old tractors are the very definition of the phrase 'beauty in simplicity'. They are very easy to work on because there isn't anything on them that doesn't need to be there. The letter series tractors are also the reason why John Deere enjoys the solid reputation it has today. I'd take one over a modern Deere any day for any task short of loader work or working more than 40 acres.

    Get yourself a Model A shop manual... Not one of the generic two-cylinder manuals from Tractor Supply. eBay, your local Deere dealer, or just about any vendor which sells old tractor parts will be able to hook you up.

    Good luck!
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