Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Farmall Super A, AV, 100, 130, & 140 1939 - 1973

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Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Postby claystroup » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:43 am

I am going to pick up my 1st antique tractor this coming Saturday, Nov 19th. It is a running drivable 1944 Farmall A w/electric start. Current owner bought it last spring at an auction and has only power washed it. I run a small (100 taps) Maple Syrup Sugar Bush operation and will use the A to haul my small sap hauling trailer through the woods (Hopefully). It seems to run good and no excessive smoke and/or gear noises. I want to change all the fluids and do a general tune up so I have a baseline to start from with improvements/repairs down the road as needed. Here are my questions for all the Farmall A experts: 1) if I run a compression check (hot or cold?) what are good numbers and what is the low end before a overhaul is needed?; 2) What engine oil should I use (I run Rotella 15w-40 in my other equipment with great results); 3) For the trans, rear end and rear drives should I run a straight 90w gear oil or 85w-140 gear oil? If the A works out good pulling the Sap Trailer I want to eventually do a full restoration as I have done 3 frame off car restorations in my past and love to restore things. I just want to get everything mechanically 100% first before doing so. I am also thinking I need to find a set of front and rear wheel weights to help with traction and turning in the woods (SE Michigan) as there could be up to a foot or so of snow during Maple season. Thanks in advance, Clay Stroup Almont, MI

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Re: Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Postby havoc1482 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:56 am

Compression: Ideally, from the factory the C113 had a compression of 102PSI at crank speed. But in reality, given its age, good numbers are within the 90s.

Oil: I run 5w-30, my Super A is a winter worker. 15w-40 should be fine, although it'll be a little thick during cold starts. Other will chime in about this because its a never-ending debate of detergent vs non-detergent. I just went from non-detergent 30w to 5w-30 because I got sick of cold starts with thick oil on a 6v system. Haven't looked back.

Trans: Either will work. I use 85w-140 with Lucas Oil Stabilizer mixed in.
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Re: Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Postby claystroup » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:14 pm

I should have added that the A I am buying has been converted to 12V and I will be parking it in my heated shop during the winter so cold starts should not be an issue as I keep the shop at 45 degrees overnight. Thanks, Clay Stroup

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Re: Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Postby Stanton » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:33 pm

Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new-to-you A. The following is a checklist for a Cub, but much of it will apply to a Farmall A:

http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=145&t=16305

Some Farmall A info (i.e. Manuals) are located under the Quick Links pull-down menu, PDF Manuals.
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Re: Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Postby claystroup » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:34 pm

My new to me 1944 Farmall "A" was delivered today (a day early to beat the coming winter weather) and I was able to spend an hour or so driving it around my property. Drove the whole trail through my maple woods twice and it did great and should work good pulling my sap trailer this coming maple season. Already coming up with a list of maintenance items/repairs/improvements. The more I drove it the better it ran. Runs real straight in 4th gear going down the road with no shakes or wobbles or funny noises. I think I am going to go to TSC tomorrow and get a new IH hat to go with my JD hat (JD 318 lawn tractor-bought new in 1990 and still running strong). I am now a Red and Green household!

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Re: Picking up my 1st Farmall A on 11-19-16 and have a few questions

Postby Denny Clayton » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:29 am

claystroup wrote:My new to me 1944 Farmall "A" was delivered today (a day early to beat the coming winter weather) and I was able to spend an hour or so driving it around my property. Drove the whole trail through my maple woods twice and it did great and should work good pulling my sap trailer this coming maple season. Already coming up with a list of maintenance items/repairs/improvements. The more I drove it the better it ran. Runs real straight in 4th gear going down the road with no shakes or wobbles or funny noises. I think I am going to go to TSC tomorrow and get a new IH hat to go with my JD hat (JD 318 lawn tractor-bought new in 1990 and still running strong). I am now a Red and Green household!

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