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Was driving down town today and saw a john Deere for sale. Pulled over and looked at it then talked to the owner. it is a 1947 john deer B that starts and runs good, Has moderate paint work, and is all complete and functional except the lights. The owner fired it right up on the first try and let me drive it around is field, I am hooked now. He wants to get 1400$ for it and was wondering if that is a decent price for a running moderate looking B. I did take a picture on my phone but forgot to save it, other wise I would have a picture of it. Might go back down in a couple days to get a few more pictures.
 

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Other then the color of paint (green ;) ) I dont think its really out of line
As long as it runs good and has no major issues Id pay that :D
 

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The only thing I noticed and since I have not run many Deere's is that when the clutch was out it made a whirling noise from the rear end but when the transmission was in neutral and clutch engaged it sounded fine, Is that normal?
 

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Not a bad price if the tires are good and the sheetmetal isn't beat to pieces.

Only thing I would check is the flywheel play. Have a person stand on the clutch side and one on the flywheel side. Push and pull them back and forth. It shouldn't have more than 1" of play in and out. If it is a late model style, you would have to take off the flywheel sheetmetal cover first. Factory specs for the play is about 1/16-1/8 best I can remember. It might be less. However, it will probably have some play to it, but beware of anything over an 1".

The sound you here is probably the bearing in the clutch basket. It could be worn, but a Deere should never sit and idle while the clutch is disengaged. The bearing receives oil when it is engaged. I wouldn't be too concerned about it. That is a fairly cheap fix if it just the bearing and might last a long time before it needs replaced.
 

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a Deere should never sit and idle while the clutch is disengaged. The bearing receives oil when it is engaged. I wouldn't be too concerned about it. That is a fairly cheap fix if it just the bearing and might last a long time before it needs replaced.
Does this apply to all horizontal engines?
 

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johndeerefan said:
a Deere should never sit and idle while the clutch is disengaged. The bearing receives oil when it is engaged. I wouldn't be too concerned about it. That is a fairly cheap fix if it just the bearing and might last a long time before it needs replaced.
Does this apply to all horizontal engines?
I do believe this apply's to all being when the clutch is out the 2 disks are slipping past each other and causing wear. When the tractor I am looking at was started they started it with the clucth out for safty reasons, once running they reengaged it.

After reading the reply's and doing some research I am hopeful going to get a better look at it Monday, If it checks out I will be raiding my car fund to buy it, but I look at it as A car can only do one thing, move person(s) or materials from point a to point b . A tractor can do a lot more then that and it would be nice sitting next to all our machines at our farm. I will also get pictures so you guys can see what this thing looks like.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Article 266 of our state laws, Farm machinery can be used to collect mail, go to the store, go to the gas station, transport equipment between farms with out need for license or registration (met the fellow whom wrote it, lived near Searsport on Route One).

I trust you will post pictures of your find?
 

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Sounds like a decent price to me. I have a 47 B that I picked up as a runner last summer. About mid way through that production year was the model change from early styled to late styled, biggest noticable difference is the seat. Mine is an early style which is what I like. The gentleman I bought mine from was asking $1200 but I talked him down to $1000. I had to buy a 6v battery for it right away.

Good luck and I hope it all works out for you. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
 

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Lovesthedrive said:
johndeerefan said:
a Deere should never sit and idle while the clutch is disengaged. The bearing receives oil when it is engaged. I wouldn't be too concerned about it. That is a fairly cheap fix if it just the bearing and might last a long time before it needs replaced.
Does this apply to all horizontal engines?
This applies to all letter series JD's I know. I think it applies with all two cylinder Deere's.
 

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I have a 37 B that I am working on and haven't gotten it running yet. When I do though I'm doing a full tear down so I don't want to screw anything up. So when it is not moving and is ideling the lever should be in neutral and then the pully lever should be pushed forward so that the pully still turns even though it isn't moving? This is my first JD two cylinder and I just don't want to screw anything up after I put all of this work into it. Any help would be great!!
 

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I have a 37 B that I am working on and haven't gotten it running yet. When I do though I'm doing a full tear down so I don't want to screw anything up. So when it is not moving and is ideling the lever should be in neutral and then the pully lever should be pushed forward so that the pully still turns even though it isn't moving? This is my first JD two cylinder and I just don't want to screw anything up after I put all of this work into it. Any help would be great!!
That is correct. Always start with the clutch disengaged, then once it starts have the tractor in neutral and engage the clutch. You only need to do this if it is going to sit and idle for several minutes.
 

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I'll agree with some of the posts. For 1,400 it would have to be pretty bad for me not to jump on that. Especially if the sheet metal is good and tires at least match and have some life in them. As far as that noise its probably in the clutch and a easy not to expensive fix.. I hear that noise a good bit at shows and pulls :?
 

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I can email you an operators manaul for the A, most of the info also applies to the B
 

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Thanks for all the comments, I am up in the air rather or not I am going to buy it. I have enough money to buy it, But that would leave me with about 600$ left and 2 half restored tractors and no money to real paint them in at least a year. I am some what afraid to get it and have something break. Also this may sound unusual but I also feel as if buying this tractor would leave me neglecting the other one :oops: . There not that many people up this way buying old JD tractors so I have time to think but I am no sure If I am going to buy or not. On another note, this guy has a international trailer trip plow on steal that he would let go for 150$, I think it is a little genius but it might be a little wounder. I know it is McCormick but I have to take a closer look next week when we go by the place to the grain mill. I will also try to get the pictures of the deer then.

Thanks for all the help.
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