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To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp


 
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DavefromClayton
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello,

I have an opportunity to trade even up my disassembled 1927 JD E 3hp hit miss for a 1941 JD LA. Not sure if I should take the leap? Opinions? Advice welcome and appreciated.

My hit miss engine needs cleaning/degreasing/paint, honing, muffler, gaskets, decals, and assembly. The mag, igniter and carb have been rebuilt. No breaks/weld repairs anywhere on the engine.

The LA tractor engine turns over when turning the drive shaft - not much compression, carburetor is off the engine currently but the owner has it and said it has been rebuilt, clutch pedal engages, brake pedals move. It obviously needs the correct/missing sheet metal and some home made items removed.

Here are the pics showing both:

http://s211.beta.photobucket.com/user/davefromadrian/library/1927%20JD%20E%203hp%20and%201941%20JD%20LA%20tractor
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

DavefromClayton wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:52:16 11/14/12) Hello,

I have an opportunity to trade even up my disassembled 1927 JD E 3hp hit miss for a 1941 JD LA. Not sure if I should take the leap? Opinions? Advice welcome and appreciated.

My hit miss engine needs cleaning/degreasing/paint, honing, muffler, gaskets, decals, and assembly. The mag, igniter and carb have been rebuilt. No breaks/weld repairs anywhere on the engine.

The LA tractor engine turns over when turning the drive shaft - not much compression, carburetor is off the engine currently but the owner has it and said it has been rebuilt, clutch pedal engages, brake pedals move. It obviously needs the correct/missing sheet metal and some home made items removed.

Here are the pics showing both:

http://s211.beta.photobucket.com/user/davefromadrian/library/1927%20JD%20E%203hp%20and%201941%20JD%20LA%20tractor


If it were me, I would definitely not trade the engine for the tractor. That tractor needs a whole lot of work and parts which equals a whole lot of money. You would be better off finishing the engine, sell it and then buy an LA that is in better shape than that one.
That LA is rough as a cob and it's no telling what else you'll find wrong once you start working on it.
That's my thoughts.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would keep the 3hp and see if you could by the LA or another one out right. Parts for LA's are not cheap. I just finished one this last year and have what I paid for the tractor in parts and repalcement metal work. Like I said parts are not cheap.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd stay the heck away from that LA. That is a LUC engine someone cobbed onto an LA frame. The frame is nice and has a tag, which adds value. BUT that sheet metal is wrong/junk, engine looks like it was welded onto the frame, and that choke or throttle cable is a weird set up for sure. The rear tires also look shot and that will be a large expense there if you can find a set. The steering arm looks to be weleded a few times and the steering spindles look to be welded to the steering arms. If you had another parts LA it wouldn't be so bad but that is really only worth something for the serial number tag and some dime a dozen parts that haven't been cobbed up. I'd keep the engine and look to trade for something better personally.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:25 pm    Post subject: Re: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks guys for the feedback. I was pretty disappointed upon seeing it in person today. Only highlight was it still had the tag on it.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:49 pm    Post subject: Re: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Re: To trade or not to trade..JD LA for JD E 3hp Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Keep the engine, buy a frame with rear wheels and
front axel and mount your engine in it. The best
of both worlds. This was seen at the Houston Miss.
Fall show in Joe Brigance Park



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