Evening all, first real tractor

Farmall Super A, AV, 100, 130, & 140 1939 - 1973
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Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:50 pm

Hello everyone...I just stepped up to a real tractor. Crossed off a bucket list want. I e had a few IH Cubs (still have a 127) and just picked up a 41 A. There’s a real learning curve for me so please be patient. I’ll post pics once I figure out how

The engine block number indicates it’s a 1941
Data tag missing

I can’t find a resource showing the changes to A’s over the years..
So please look at the pics and let me know if this is a Frankenstein tractor or?

I’m wondering because the grill had an IH emblem and not the farmall. I can’t find info on when changes were made during production

Thanks—-

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby Stanton » Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:43 am

Welcome to the Forum! Congrats on your new-to-you '41 A. I have a '42 AV.

Take some time and read through a few threads to acquaint yourself with the Forum:

After you’ve logged your 2nd post on the Forum, you'll have access to the all the PDF Manuals on this site. There’s a few ways to do that:
  • From a desktop or laptop, go to "Quick Links" in the upper left corner of your screen. Hit that and a pull-down appears where you'll find "PDF Manuals".
  • You can also go to “Cub Info” in the upper toolbar, then hit “Rudi’s Manuals”. From there, you can access a variety of information.
  • If you're using a phone, go to the "Links Directory" (second category down the main page). Once in "Links Directory" , scroll down to the second section "Tractor Parts & Manuals" and you'll find them there.

You'll be able to download an Owner's Manual (very strongly recommended) and any other manuals available.

Might also enjoy reading through this thread (even though it’s for a Cub, much can be applied to any tractor just brought home): What to do with a Cub you just brought home

We’d encourage you to take the Safety Test located in the Safety Forum: http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=68084

Using the "Attachments" method is probably the easiest way to attach pics to a thread. When you get that figured out, take some pictures of your tractor and post them, we’d like to see them.

There's a lot of "paper" over here at the Wisconsin Historical Society's website, home of the McCormick-International Harvester Collection: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS15303

Remember:
  • Pictures are limited to 500 KB file size. Use an image reducer app or program to downsize pics.
  • When you have a specific question, start a new thread in the appropriate sub-forum.
  • Before posting, use the Preview button before hitting Submit--it'll show you exactly what your post will look like, including pictures.
  • When adding your comments to a thread, be sure to look at the date of the last poster. If it’s more than a 6 months old, the posters are probably not going to see it. Consider starting a new thread.

Glad you joined us.

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:59 am

Post a few pictures and we can comment on some early/late versions of parts that may show. Changes over time included: PTO, drawbar, steering wheel, brake pedal lock plate, serial plate location, bell housing, oil filter, ignition switch, front casting, front axle clamps, grill attachment, hood attachment, etc. However, the front emblem did not change to the IH logo until the Super A came out (end of '47).

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:18 pm

Ok every time I try to add an attachment it says it’s too big. And it won’t let me use a third party hosting site. What am I doing wrong?
I’m off to a good start lollll

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby Don McCombs » Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:06 pm

Read this How-To on photo attaching…

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:06 pm

tractor2.jpg
tractor1.jpg

things ive noticed:
41 serial number on block
later grill or grill emblem
distributor not magneto
has starter

I got the under pedals plate and no idea why one tire is backwards

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Oct 16, 2021 9:13 pm

Pictures need to be much closer to be able to see details. I can see the hood/grill attachment is the later style (sn 41330 and up). The whole grill probably came from a Super A. The oil filter is early size (sn 97937 and below). Your battery ignition unit is an aftermarket replacement, didn't come from the factory that way.

I don't see the serial plate in either location. Do you have it somewhere off the tractor?

If you want to ID parts from different tractors, look at the various large castings. Some of them will have a date code. They look just like the date codes on a Cub, which are explained here:
http://www.tmtractor.com/id/id_004.htm
Code for 1941 is K.

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Sun Oct 17, 2021 7:06 am

I’ll get more pics later today. Thank you folks

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby SamsFarm » Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:38 pm

41AinVA wrote:Ok every time I try to add an attachment it says it’s too big. And it won’t let me use a third party hosting site. What am I doing wrong?
I’m off to a good start lollll


I have to text mine to a friend and have him text them back, then they get resized and then I can save the return pic and then post them.

Here is a suggestion I made in another post

http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=110438&sid=1a7f0175e6064a4956ce9efbb1a58fd6i

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Sun Oct 17, 2021 7:02 pm

a few pics to tell whats been changed..i did find a casting date code on it showing 11/25/40..the data plate under the left side of the seat is missing.

would a 41 have it there or on the front pedal cover?
a2.jpg


a1.jpg
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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby ShawnAgne » Sun Oct 17, 2021 7:06 pm

Nice tractor, if it runs and smokes and is painted red it is a tractor regardless of size :)

Now if it was green and yellow it is a dandelion and therefore not a tractor.............
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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:43 am

Bump for info. Thanks

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:52 am

The 1941 plate would have been on the left seat support. At that time, the serial number and the engine number would have been the same. This leaves the open question of whether it has the original engine. The paint on the engine block is enough of a mismatch to make that questionable. More date codes would help for drawing a conclusion on that.

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby 41AinVA » Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:05 pm

So what looks wrong for a ‘41. When did they switch from magneto to distributor?

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Re: Evening all, first real tractor

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:16 pm

Nothing I've seen so far looks wrong for '41. They switched from magneto to distributor about 1950, roughly 3 years after the last Farmall A was built.


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