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My dad and have been working on what we think is a 1946 L but its not for sure since the serial tag is gone as with the majority of those tractors, but it came with a pto from the factory and I was told the L never came with a pto only LA's, how to I tell the two tractors apart? Our tractor is a hollow tube frame and has 22" wheels.... any ideas?
 

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I will post pics to show y'all....the only thing we can come up with is that it was one of the models built outside with left over parts, lol I read about some built that way in green magazine
 

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Following along. Sometime I'd like to own one of those. Looking forward to seeing pics.
 

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I know Uncle Wayne has one he can maybe share some pictures of.
 

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My dad and have been working on what we think is a 1946 L but its not for sure since the serial tag is gone as with the majority of those tractors, but it came with a pto from the factory and I was told the L never came with a pto only LA's, how to I tell the two tractors apart? Our tractor is a hollow tube frame and has 22" wheels.... any ideas?
Great to hear of another L / LA being restored. I have a 1941 LA and there are several photos of it here: http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/johnny-poppers/1965-closing-1941-la-john-deere.html

To my understanding, the hollow tube is always a L. My LA has a solid tube. I'll see what I can find out about the PTO, never heard / don't remember that fact about the L / LA series. I know the LI, which was the industrial variant of the L, had a PTO and were usually painted yellow.

Another distinguishing trait between the L and LA was the L had slotted rims where as the LA's rims are solid.

One more: LA tires were 24" from the factory.

Looking forward to the pictures.
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Will post pics asap do you have any attachments for yours Wayne?
Only the belt drive. I would like to have a breaking plow just for show. Probably will buy a wagon to pull the grandkids around in.

And are they actually solid frames or do the LAs have caps welded on the ends
The LA has solid frames and weigh about 700 lbs more than the L. The LA weighs in around 2200 lbs. and if I remember correctly the L is around 1500 lbs.

I forgot to check on the PTO for that series. I have a really bad case of CRS, worse sometimes than others.
 

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Thanks for the info and sorry I will post pics soon been working crazy hours...last month I saw a model 62 sell for $52,000 have you ever seen one in tour area?
 

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My dad and have been working on what we think is a 1946 L but its not for sure since the serial tag is gone as with the majority of those tractors, but it came with a pto from the factory and I was told the L never came with a pto only LA's, how to I tell the two tractors apart? Our tractor is a hollow tube frame and has 22" wheels.... any ideas?
The Model LA differs from the Model L, mainly under the hood. The LA had a greater bore and 11 cubic inches more than the Model L, increasing power by 40%. The Model LA had the same power as the Model H. The Model LA was assigned a new block of serial numbers beginning with 1001 and ending up with 13475.

Three different strengths of pipe were used on the frames of the Model 62, L, and LA. The Model 62 used a thin wall pipe, while the Model L used a thick wall pipe, while the Model LA used a solid pipe.

This info was taken from Rod Beemer's book “John Deere Small Tractors”. Interesting book if anyone wants to find a copy.
 

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Sorry the pics weren't the greatest will post more as it progresses, does anyone know a place where I can get a aftermarket radiator?
 
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