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'26 D John Deere serial number question


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Old 05-15-2011, 12:44:09 PM
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I keep comin up with conflicting info on exactly what flywheel it should have. Story goes the guy i bought it from said his grandpa bought it new and that it originally had a spoke flywheel. It now has a splined crank and common solid flywheel. I looked through a pile of junk for the spoke flywheel as he said he could remember it laying there as a kid (he's now 50). It might still be there in the junk buried in the sand and leaves from the elm trees. Keep in mind i found a whole green diamond international engine completely buried in the sand in the same pile of junk.

The problem is the serial # 37018. Im not a johndeere guy (more the orange flavor) but from what i can find out i know it a '26, pretty sure its not a spoker but some info i find says Nickel hole and some info says its just a late '26. All of this from peoples posts on forums to printed literature. I found alot books and some parts manuals dont even agree!
Help me out with this guys as for what i gave for it I'm not gonna get hurt and either way. I dont plan on restoring this one as i already have too many projects, just sell it and put the money towards my '23 Best Sixty or X oilpull

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Default Re: '26 D Johndeere serial # question

According to the Two-Cylinder Mag. Serial #'s 36249-38285 were built as what they called the "nickel-hole" flywheel tractors, which are almost 3x as rare as a spoker. Yours probably cracked at some point and was replaced with the one used after 38285. There is no reason to believe that it would have ever had a spoked flywheel, but if you could find the nickel-hole that was originally on it, that would be worth some digging.
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Detwiler sells new reproduction nickel hole flywheels.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:40:09 AM
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Definitely a nickel hole,and a very nice find.
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Default Re: '26 D John Deere serial number question

The 1926 run is where the crank changed from keyed to splines (I have a letter from the JD archives to back that up as we had a question about a D without a serial number tag and keyed crank. There were few NH Ds built and some were rebuilt with the newer style flywheel so the remaining NH Ds are worth considerably more (maybe not to an "orange flavor" guy though). This tractor would be a good start toward your goal(s)
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Explain all of the '27's that have keyed crankshafts.
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Caleb, good for you--use the JD to get $$ to repair the Best 60. That is darn good logic.
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Thanks Tom, I'll probably have a few ?'s on the Best in the future for ya
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Default Re: '26 D John Deere serial number question

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Explain all of the '27's that have keyed crankshafts.
Exactly, late '27 is when Deere changed the cranks to splined, along with increased engine bore, and many other subtle changes.
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Default Re: '26 D John Deere serial number question

I guess the Deere archives were wrong. Seems you can't even trust the info right from Deere then(?). More specs at the link below.







http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/rode...rl1/dinfo.html
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