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Willy and I headed out today to pickup a John Deere Hit n Miss engine that I had purchased. The gentleman (Max) that I bought it from kept wanting to through in a 1948 Economy tractor to sweeten the deal. I finally relented and the Economy was also loaded on the trailer as well as a set of Farmall A wheel weights.
The Economy tractor starts right up. The clutch could use a little adjustment and I need to work on the fuel bowl. It takes about 3 acres to turn it around. Even though it is the same year as my Farmall Cub the cub is light years ahead in engineering and comfort. The Economy tractor does have a neat background to it. It is mostly assembled from WWII surplus parts. The front wheels are aircraft tail wheels. The transmission is WWII surplus T92 transmission and clutch from jeeps. The rear tires are the same size as a cub. I believe the driveshaft and rear diff are Model A Ford. Brakes were an option. Later on they changed the name to Power King and Jim Dandy.
I know the man that had owned the John Deere engine previously. His brother said that it was always hard to start. Max told me that he had never run it since he had it so I should change the oil before I started it. Well there was no oil in it. I filled it with oil put some gas in and nothing. I felt inside the mixer and it wasn't getting any fuel. I pulled the fuel line to check it and it was blocked. One of the fittings had two ferrules and one had turned sideways blocking the line. I also found that the slot for the needle valve wasn't horizontal. I removed the ferrule and put it back together and it fired the second time I cranked it. Before long it was running like a top. After awhile I noticed oil dripping out of the mixer. So now I know why there wasn't any oil in the sump. It had leaked into the gas tank. That will be a project for another day. Not bad for never running a Hit n Miss before. I just found the Instructions and parts list on-line and followed them. The cart that it is setting on is cracked and Max gave me another cart to fix up.
I like that engine! Gonna have to own one of those on of these days.
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I always wanted a hit-n-miss engine. What did you say your address was?
Both the tractor and the engine are very nice. Congrats.
High atop Hummingbird Hill
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1929 Farmall Regular
1935 John Deere B
1937 John Deere A
1941 John Deere H
1952 John Deere B
1953 Farmall Cub
I like that Economy. Recycling in it's infancy I think that would be an interesting tractor to have. Not just for the conversational factor but the seat time as well. Almost as cool as a Cub or an Allis 'G' Looks like the youngun is really enjoying the seat time
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Doug, I almost didn't recognize Willy without his "Green" shirt on. You must have had a talk with him.
You got some neat stuff going into that new barn.
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Thanks guys, I don't know who was having more fun, Willy or me behind the camera I have really enjoyed looking into the history of the company and their tractors. It is pretty cool to park it beside of the cub and compare them.
I think we may be starting to turn him a bit. Last night he was mowing the yard at Mom's house and I was mowing the field. As soon as he was finished he came out to where I was on the C to see what was going on.
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