Farmall Super A, AV, 1939 - 1954
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This thread will document the restoration of my white demonstrator Super A, aka "Ol Whitey." Hopefully this thread will also demonstrate how to maintain a restoration thread that's easy for members to access and the author to update.
Anyway. I purchased Ol Whitey from Boss Hog in May '11. It was not running, had one flat rear tire, and improvised tie rods to hold the front wheels forward. But it had white paint shining everywhere. There was no doubt what it really was......
Took me better part of 2 weeks to salt all that white
IN GOD WE TRUST
All others pay cash
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely byJohn Emerich Edward Dalberg
LOL You did good!!
So after I got Ol Whitey home, I decided to see if she'd run. I put a new coil and set of points in the mag, installed a new set of plugs and wires, and cleaned out the carb. The carb, by the way, is a Carter. I think I like the Zenith better. I rigged up a pony tank to get some gas to the carb, and tried to get it to start. Anyway I cranked and cranked and cranked. Finally got her to fire and after a few more tries, she fired up and I was able to drive it under its own power.
Good: It runs.
Bad: It runs very badly. Afterward I did a wet compression test and it wouldn't even move the needle on the compression tester. The transmission sounds like small animals are inside fighting each other with steel numchucks and cat o' nine tails. Oh and the PTO shaft is frozen.
But it's a white demo.....
I should add, I had a lot of helpers, but they tended to goof off on the job. A lot.
It's going to be a LONG run. More soon.
Id say to make it easy! Find a part's Super A take two an make one! Good luck Al Cheer's
Tractors are like watermelons..Eat the red and throw away the green!!
Brendan Dixon Greenville NC
Not so easy when we're talking about a demo. I want to avoid swapping out anything major like an engine block (more on that later) because then you have a Heinz 57. But a parts tractor would be nice for some of the internals. For example the transmission has some real issues. More later....
Thanks for starting this thread, Al! I know that I'll be following your progress! Kinda want a "bigger tractor" now that I have a little bit of property... But that is for later!
Good luck on Ol' Whitey!
Mike (Happy as a Lark in Allison Park, PA)
Check out my Restoration Thread (1955 Cub, Lewis)
So here's some pics of what I am up against. First, I am not a big fan of the old Farm Bureau Safemark tires, but this one is so near new, it still has the little nibs on it. The other one is nearly 95-98%.
On the other hand, the "new" tire is in not so good shape. Oh well.
Rims ain't too good either. Stupid calcium chloride..... I have a couple rims already laid up for it.
Here's the bad part. Block is cracked right at the front, right hand corner. Same place Cubs crack. I have never seen an A-140 crack here, I am thinking somebody got stupid with a chain and another tractor. The PO did some bubblegumming to try to fix it but it didn't really help. Anyway this is the deal breaker. I have some leads on some shops that can weld it "good as new" so we'll see. This will be the next major step in this project. If it turns out non-fixable, this may turn into just another Super A. My personal restoration philosophy doesn't allow replacing a major casting on a demo.....
Al, how is it going with the weld? Are you going to be able to get it fixed to your satisfaction?
"Time makes more converts than reason."- Thomas Paine
At the earliest, it will be Christmastime before I have time and funds to work on it. We are about 3 weeks away from moving into our new house, and pile finishing my Ed.D. and day to day teaching responsibilities on top of that, I don't have time for nuthin......
I have leads on 2-3 shops though, that from what I hear can "fix it like new." We shall see.....
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