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Here is the restoration of my 1944 Farmall A.

I purchased this tractor from my neighbor for 100 dollars. I saw the tractor go by when I was 10 and saw it sitting at his house for ever. I have always wanted it. I did some scrappin for him last year and was able to buy it as well.

I let it sit for some time before I tore into it because I wanted to get my H done but finally got into it a few months ago. Well I got it home, took off the shot mower and broke it down. My dad has a C135 engine out of his old 91 combine that no longer exists. I wanted to keep that engine so I decided to put it in my A and have a 40 hp A. The engine was stuck so I tore into it and found that the no. 3 cylinder was stuck. I pounded out the piston and sleeve. I then found a new sleeve and put it in. I need to get a piston and rings for it.

As this was a power unit engine it had no pilot bushing. I had the crank out and had it machined.

I put the crank back in and after buying a full engine gasket set I put it back together. I then tore into the head as there was three stuck valves in it. I need to get that machined and cleaned up.

Well here are some pictures of the build. This tractor will be fully restored and painted.

Chris

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Chris,

Very nice pictures! Thanks for posting. I had the chance to mow grass at our local tractor show grounds this summer with one of these and a Woods 5 foot belly mower. Nice little tractors that run well and drove good! You have done a lot of work on the tractor! It will make a nice addition to the family. Looks a lot like the things I bring home. You did good on the initial price also.

Regards,

Chris

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Thanks guys. I was super lucky and blessed to get the tractor as well as how cheap I got it.

This will be a long process as I am a busy guy and dont have all the money in the world. Im gonna do it right though.

I love these little tractors. I want to get a woods mower for it so I am able to mow with it in the future.

Chris

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Heck of a deal you got on a cool setup can't go wrong with a belly mower on an A, I have logged several hours on an A mowing the yard, fence rows, and the depleted fall pasture at dads.. After of course he got tired of raising tobacco and pulled the cultivators off, awesome documentation by the way that's where I usually drop the ball.

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Bought an A 15 yrs ago in buckets. Paid $400. My first Farmall and still mow the yard and pastures with it. She has a special place in my heart. Super handy tractors imo. Crank start and I tuned it when I built it and haven`t had the cap/wires/plugs/points off since. Maybe shouldn`t have said that...

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Bought an A 15 yrs ago in buckets. Paid $400. My first Farmall and still mow the yard and pastures with it. She has a special place in my heart. Super handy tractors imo. Crank start and I tuned it when I built it and haven`t had the cap/wires/plugs/points off since. Maybe shouldn`t have said that...

Mark, you just jinxed yourself! I have always wanted to go smaller & bigger than my C - so looks like an A & H - Rick wont sell me his M :angry: He finds it far to useful to get rid of :D

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Bought an A 15 yrs ago in buckets. Paid $400. My first Farmall and still mow the yard and pastures with it. She has a special place in my heart. Super handy tractors imo. Crank start and I tuned it when I built it and haven`t had the cap/wires/plugs/points off since. Maybe shouldn`t have said that...

Mark, you just jinxed yourself! I have always wanted to go smaller & bigger than my C - so looks like an A & H - Rick wont sell me his M :angry: He finds it far to useful to get rid of :D

Can ship you a SA, an H with 3 pt, a 140 with 3 pt but I`m keeping my worn out A!! The he!! with Rick.

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  • 2 years later...

Finally an update on this topic.    I took the head down to harts machine in ohio.  Full redo.  New valves and all new guides.  Decked it.  And cleaned it.  Always super impressed with their work.  

 

Got the head installed.   Put the push rods in and torqued it down.   Rockers also got installed.   Gonna lash later.   Now just have to replace some seals.  Bolt the front cover down good and paint paint paint   

 

Jumping between this and my farmall m (brake seals.  Checking fluids.  Fixing grounds on the lights)  and getting my beet cultivator ready for a local show.  

Chris.  

 

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A little update on this project.  I removed the belt pulley and pto assembly to drain the old nasty smelling gear oil and replace gaskets and seals.   Ran into a snag with the o ring on the pto housing but I just sourced one so I will be cleaning up the parts and installing them again.   Then I'm gonna replace the final drive gaskets and seals.   

Getting closer to paint. 

 

Chris. 

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I went thru my mowing B last summer.  Engine turned up stuck, I assumed it was because of a bad manifold.  I was stunned to drain 3 gallons of coolant from the oil pan.  One new sleeve, a good manifold, rings and rod bearings...I have an easy to hand crank B.  

Enjoyable to work on, plenty of parts, not so heavy you need special stands and hoists and won't break the bank.

Chris B.

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Did a little more work on the little bugger.  I'm replacing all the seals and gaskets in the tractor. They are all leaking.   Just ordered the rest of the seals today.  

 

Need to get a lot of parts in the parts washer.  

 

Next I need to remove the transmission.  Dont worry. I will be reinstalling the front end and blocking it up better.    

 

You can see the one brake was shot. The other is full of oil. 

 

 

 

Chris. 

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17 hours ago, farmallman77 said:

Did a little more work on the little bugger.  I'm replacing all the seals and gaskets in the tractor. They are all leaking.   Just ordered the rest of the seals today.  

 

Need to get a lot of parts in the parts washer.  

 

Next I need to remove the transmission.  Dont worry. I will be reinstalling the front end and blocking it up better.    

 

You can see the one brake was shot. The other is full of oil. 

 

 

 

Chris. 

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You will be glad you are replacing the seals before it will run oil down over the new paint

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Look the shafts over where the seals touch.  Those old leather seals can retain moisture and cause significant pitting to metal.  You may need a speedi-sleeve and or jb weld to repair the shaft--worst case welding and turning or replacement.  Otherwise, it will start leaking all over again.  

Chris B.

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