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1945 John Deere B

Discussion in 'JD Farm Tractor Forum' started by Brandan Smoker, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Brandan Smoker

    Brandan Smoker Active Member

    Hey guy's, Just thought I would show you what my Dad and I just picked up this evening. It is a 1945 B hand start. I saw it sitting in the woods behind an older lady's house and asked her if I could take a look at it. She said it was her husband's and he passed away 6 months ago and she doesn't know what to do with it. She gave me her number and I went home and told my Dad about it. He called her a few weeks later and set up a time to check it out. They agreed on a price and we brought it home tonight. It last ran 4 years ago but she told us it was missing a little. We are going to get it running and see if it is worth restoring. It sat outside the 55 years they owned it and the hood and nose cone are rusted through in spots, so it will take new sheet metal. I will give an update once it is running.

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  2. johndeereelfman

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    Good luck Brandan. Looks like a good project to follow along to. Thanks for sharing! 
     
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  3. jd.rasentrac

    jd.rasentrac Well-Known Member

    That's really a great find, Brandon, congrats! Btw where are this woods - maybe I find another one ;)
     
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  4. Brandan Smoker

    Brandan Smoker Active Member

    Haha, Thanks! She also has a VERY nice all original patio red 140 H1 that she and her husband bought new in 1969. The only issue is it does have a couple tears in the seat. We told her to come up with a price, but she called some "appraiser" and he told her it is worth $4500. Needless to say we probably wont be buying that one!
     
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  5. Brandan Smoker

    Brandan Smoker Active Member

    We got the B running yesterday! We rebuilt the magneto because it didn't have spark and also went through and cleaned/rebuilt the carb. Changed the oil and drained the old gas. It took about 30 minutes of spinning the flywheel the first time. It now starts up within a couple turns.
     
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  6. johndeereelfman

    johndeereelfman Member Staff Member

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    Very cool Brandan, Congrats! Maybe shoot some video of it running sometime for us to hear.  :)
     
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  7. Kster526

    Kster526 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the project, leaving as is or restoring fully?

    wow 4500 dollars for that patio unit seems way out of line
     
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  8. Brandan Smoker

    Brandan Smoker Active Member

    Thanks Troy, I will see what I can do! I've, never posted a video before.
     
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  9. Brandan Smoker

    Brandan Smoker Active Member

    Thanks! We still aren't sure what we will do with it. I really would like to find an unstyled A..... If we keep it we would restore it.
     
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  10. Brandan Smoker

    Brandan Smoker Active Member

    Just wanted to give an update on the B. We started disassembling it to install a new manifold because the old was cracked and it started snowballing from there lol. We decided since it is this far down we might as well restore it. We pulled the engine block off the other night and will send it out to be bored. 

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  11. johndeereelfman

    johndeereelfman Member Staff Member

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    Wow! Sounds like it's going to be quite the project Brandan.  Good luck to you brother and hopefully no more surprises will pop up. 
     
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