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I have a John Deere 50. The ignition has been converted to what looks like a distributor and capacitor. I want to replace the parts with new but there are no numbers on any of the pieces. Does anyone have and Ideas? I know it wasn't the best of explanations. I can post a pic if need be.
 

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I found this over at Sharp's Antique Tractor Works. Excellent parts at great prices. They are super helpful too. You may need to search around on their site a bit, but I'll bet they have what you need.:thumbup1gif:
 

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The 50 should have had a distributor when it was new. If I remember correctly, a Delco-Remy. Parts should be readily available.

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I would suspect your 1953 50 distributer is the same as my 1952 60. Mine is as stated before a Delco-Remy. I think the model of mine is 2F 11 not sure about the 11 part as there is some paint on it that obscures the number somewhat. My parts book has a hand written number for the points, it is AT14469.
 

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the early 50's came with a WICO distributor that looks like a big square box with plug wires coming out of the side, or towards the front of the tractor, then your rotor, points, condenser, coil, and a BUNCH of other parts, they are all still around, but the wico's are a lot more complicated.

After sn 5016499, they came with the Delco-Remy as previously mentioned, a round style that the wires come out of the front, or towards the belt pulley with the rotor that sticks out through the cover, then under that are your points and condenser. These are a lot more simple to work over and change parts out.

I am not sure why you want to change them. are you not getting spark, it doesnt run or some other reason? On the delco you can get the points, rotor, and condenser at just about any auto parts store, just make sure you take your old parts with you to match them up, usually any old chevy 283/292 motor use these same parts, sometimes the rotors are a little different length, but if your parts store doesnt show a model 50, then use the 520 or 530, i am pretty sure all delco's used the same part numbers though, 1905590 for the rotor, the condenser is 1869704, and points are 1911119.

Just remember when you change your points, they have to be gapped, old school rule of thumb was the thickness of a match book cover.
 
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