John Deere L.A.

Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:44 pm

Is anybody on board familiar with a John Deere L.A. model?. My son brought me one last week and it has no exhaust stack or muffler on it. I am trying to figure out how the muffler or a straight pipe attaches to the manifold. It dont have threads like the Cubs. It is just a smooth I.D. in the 90° elbow that it would fit in/attach to. I just chipped out (cleaned) the I.D. of the elbow of what was a layer of carbon or possibly an epoxy that held a pipe or muffler. I imagine I should really be asking this question on a J.D. board but thought I would try here first.

Thanks B.J.

Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:43 am


I asked your question of one of the fellow directors at our tractor club director's meeting last night. He works as a mechanic at a J.D. dealership and restored a beautiful LA last year, and here's what he said: The muffler can go on the OUTSIDE of the elbow and is attached by a clamp. He also said the muffler is available with the elbow attached and then can simply be bolted on.

Good luck with yours even though it's green.

Do you suppose my son is supposed to bring me one?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:10 am

the elbow bolts on with two bolts on each side of the exhaust hole in the manifold

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:19 am

Thanks for the reply George. I found out that the original LA muffler did fit inside the elbow and was brazed at the elbow/muffler joint. I also tried a new Cub muffler on the elbow and it will work perfect after cutting a little length off of the inlet to make it the same as the original JD muffler.

Quote George: Good luck with yours even though it's green.
He also brought a 1950 Cub on his trip to keep that little green rascal in check :lol:

Do you suppose my son is supposed to bring me one?

George as for this question I only wish he could.

Mon Oct 24, 2005 6:15 am

A neighbor friend of mine has a restored 1940 JD LA for sale if anyone's interested...IT'S A BEAUTY! :wink:

Mon Oct 24, 2005 7:41 am

I forgot about posting this. I guess My 2-month memory test is a failure. :lol: . Anyhoo since I posted this I have gotten the Little LA running good and tried it out a couple days ago. I used the cultivators to rip up about 1-acre of My yard and re-leveled it for future smoother mowing. That little 2-cylinder chuggernaut is quite a work pony but sure seems cumbersome compared to the Cubs. :P