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    Default Re: 64 years young

    Thanks, all. Shows you how much my local
    dealer knows. Can you imagine the gall to
    tell me it's not worth rebuilding? I was
    insulted and disgusted. The tractor is perfect
    for my small spread and what I use it for.
    No telling how many foolish four-wheeling
    fools I've rescued, not to mention a 14x70
    house trailer that was about to be lost to
    flood waters! (It did a wheelie when we
    dropped it onto the drawbar but I had two
    stout boys lay over the hood to keep it
    down until I got it out onto the road).

    Is there a source for engine parts other
    than the dealer? I really hate to give them
    my money after they dissed my JD so bad.

    I apologize if that info is already here. Haven't
    had time to peruse the site completely yet...

  2. #12
    Elite Member Tx Jim's Avatar
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    Default Re: 64 years young

    You can get engine parts from several different places. A&I is one of the places but JD does own about 1/2 interest in them but there are independent A&I dealers.

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    Default Re: 64 years young

    I'll check it out. Thanks.

    I had to dig some holes last weekend
    for new clothes poles. By hand. Man,
    I sure miss that tractor!

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    Default Re: 64 years young

    What the dealer is correct about is that if you pay $100+ an hour for them to poke around on the machine, it can get very expensive very quickly.

    You can have a good replacement engine for under $3K, perhaps quite a bit less if you find the right source.
    And a complete rebuild kit is around $500. Although, I'd try throwing in a new head gasket before spending a gob of time and money on a complete rebuild.

    Obviously inspecting everything as you have it apart.

    E-Bay is a good resource.
    John Deere 3179DF Diesel Engine | eBay
    John Deere 2040 2240 2150 2255 179 CID Overhaul Kit | eBay
    3179D John Deere Head Gasket Set HS3506W | eBay

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    Default Re: 64 years young

    Welcome to TBN!

    Just a small tip: you don't have to hit Enter/Carriage Return after every line. Just keep typing and it will wrap automatically at the appropriate place. As-is, it looks like you are hitting Enter at the end of each line, and your screen is way more narrow than mine, so it ends up looking like this:

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    And in case I forgot to say it, Welcome!

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    Default Re: 64 years young

    Long lines are more difficult for the eye to follow,
    which is why newspapers don't run copy all the
    way across. I also follow the older convention of
    having two spaces between sentences.

    As to the other, thanks so much for the links.
    The dealer did not quote me a shop rate as
    they flat out said my tractor wasn't worth
    messing with! Too old/obsolete...

    They did tell me a rebuild kit would run me
    about $2500, but that was three years ago.

    My new shop is not quite ready but as soon as
    I get the mechanical area finished the JD may
    well be the first project. I've never done a diesel
    before but I take a lot of pictures and work slow.
    Plus I have the complete shop manual on the 2240
    ("Early Model").

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    I think you will do well and you have a great tractor to work on. Good luck.

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    Default Re: 64 years young

    They obviously want to sell you a new tractor.

    There are a LOT of 30 year old tractors working strong on farms, especially farms with less than 50 acres.

    Even a few 60 year old tractors.

    That sounds a little high for the rebuild kit... did it include installation?
    It looks like the kit that I found above didn't include bearings. I think this one does.
    Engine Kit for John Deere 1040 2040 2150 2155 2240 | eBay

    Still, the question would be whether the tractor is worth more than the repairs.

    Do you have a front end loader?

    Anyway, if you put $3000 into it, is the final product worth more than $3K?
    What about $500?

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    Default Re: 64 years young

    Hmm, missed the missing bearings. I take good care
    of all my equipment and don't necessarily consider
    the market value. The dealer kit was for parts only.
    I was disappointed and that's probably the main
    reason it's been sitting idle three years. My pasture
    is in dire need of 'bush hogging' to knock the weeds
    down!

    Those prices (on either kit) sound WAY better and
    doable. I've just been hoping I could find a pro
    who has done these engines before but looks like
    I'll have to do it myself.

    Like jumping across that frozen-over stream
    when I was a kid, the dread seems overwhelming
    until you finally stick the pole through the ice
    and launch across. Then it's fun and a great
    afternoon!

    I've been on a number of forums over the years
    but seldom one as immediately friendly and
    resourceful. Thanks much. I have some ideas
    I'd like to share/bounce off the members but
    it will have to wait some...
    Last edited by avachava; 04-05-2013 at 07:16 AM. Reason: too early; eyes not focused yet!

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    I like to look at it this way. What replacement 50 HP quality tractor (that would now have another 30 years of life in it) can be bought for $500 or $3000? Not many where I live.

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