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    Default John Deere B (1949, wide front)

    Bought this beauty yesterday. Wide front is aftermarket so I don't know if this is officially a BW model. But it sure looks nice and purty. My first JD tractor of any kind. Love those Johnny Poppers

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    Congratulations. The tractor looks great. I would like to get a John Deere 2 lunger some day.

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    Default Re: John Deere B (1949, wide front)

    Good looking B!

    Someone did a good restoration job, or did it just come from a museum?
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    My other tractor is a '95 Kenworth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62 View Post
    Good looking B!

    Someone did a good restoration job, or did it just come from a museum?
    Don't know. I'll get more info from the seller. Regardless, it's a good looking tractor.

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    Default Re: John Deere B (1949, wide front)

    welcome to the addiction, soon you'll want about a dozen more. looks like you got the good heavy wheels with the cast iron centers.
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    It's a nice tractor, but I don't think that is a JD front end on it.

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    Default Re: John Deere B (1949, wide front)

    Quote Originally Posted by neven View Post
    It's a nice tractor, but I don't think that is a JD front end on it.
    I think you're right. I'll check with the seller. He's been using it for several decades to rake hay.

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    Default Re: John Deere B (1949, wide front)

    Spent the past few days going over this B I got recently. Found that the lever on the steering column that controls the radiator shutter was jammed. The early Bs were "all fuel" tractors--had a small gasoline tank for starting and a larger "distillate" tank for extended running. You can read about it here

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    Fuel economy with distillate required the engine temperature to be kept in the 180F range, hence the shutter to control air flow through the radiator.

    I removed the shutter assembly and soaked the top and bottom ends of the shutter blinds in several gallons of WD-40 for a few days. It worked--I was able to free up the bottom ends of the blinds where all the rust was located.

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    Applied a little white grease to the shutter mechanism--we'll see how well that stuff works after a year or so. Also sprayed the shuttle control lever/linkage on the steering column with PB Blaster to soak into the surface rust and eliminate the friction problem that was making the lever hard to operate.

    Next order of business--check out the PowerTrol unit and build a 3-point hitch for the B.

    Funn stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by flusher
    Spent the past few days going over this B I got recently. Found that the lever on the steering column that controls the radiator shutter was jammed. The early Bs were "all fuel" tractors--had a small gasoline tank for starting and a larger "distillate" tank for extended running. You can read about it here

    TractorData.com - Tractor fuels

    Fuel economy with distillate required the engine temperature to be kept in the 180F range, hence the shutter to control air flow through the radiator.

    I removed the shutter assembly and soaked the top and bottom ends of the shutter blinds in several gallons of WD-40 for a few days. It worked--I was able to free up the bottom ends of the blinds where all the rust was located.

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    Applied a little white grease to the shutter mechanism--we'll see how well that stuff works after a year or so. Also sprayed the shuttle control lever/linkage on the steering column with PB Blaster to soak into the surface rust and eliminate the friction problem that was making the lever hard to operate.

    Next order of business--check out the PowerTrol unit and build a 3-point hitch for the B.

    Funn stuff
    That shutter system on the straight fuel tractor was used to help with warm ups during winter usage. Anyways that's how my dad used it when we farmed.

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    Next order of business--check out the PowerTrol unit and build a 3-point hitch for the B.

    Most of these could interchange the 801 3ph.
    That being said, I've got a home made 3ph on my 1952 model 50. If you're interested I'll get some pics and measurements for you.

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