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To trade or not too trade? John Deere LA tractor for JD E 3hp


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Old 11-14-2012, 03:10:10 PM
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Default To trade or not too trade? John Deere LA tractor for JD E 3hp

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:

Craig here....I give up.... Copy and paste the photobucket link in the first post there >>> http://www.ytmag.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=jd&th=461092
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:08:53 PM
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Default Re: To trade or not too trade? JD LA tractor for JD E 3hp

Does the LA have the"often missing"serial number tag?
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Default Re: To trade or not too trade? JD LA tractor for JD E 3hp

I've had 2 JD L tractors.
The one I have now is the first tractor my Dad bought and it's not going anywhere.
There's WAY too much wrong with the tractor you're considering.
Keep your engine.......
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:09:12 PM
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Default Re: To trade or not too trade? JD LA tractor for JD E 3hp

I couldn't view the photos, but generally speaking a JD LA tractor is worth more than a 3hp JD.

Of course the missing tractor parts are going to cost more than restoring the 3hp engine will cost.

---------- Post added at 03:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:02 PM ----------

Thanks Craig!

Finally got a link that worked and after seeing the photos I have to agree there is too much wrong with that tractor.

Majority of value is the frame and serial tag.
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Keep the engine.
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Default Re: To trade or not too trade? JD LA tractor for JD E 3hp

I would trade but I like the challenge.
I would see if you could find a hood and the other parts you would need and how much they will cost. Alan
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Default Re: To trade or not too trade? JD LA tractor for JD E 3hp

Maybe it's me, but something about the engine on the LA doesn't look right. It looks more like a LUC engine on there. Not that it makes much difference, just saying. Parts for those JD LA's are a bit expensive, been there done that...err, still doing that. I would say it's up to you what you really want, the tractor or the engine. It does look like there is more work to be done to the tractor than the engine.
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Default Re: To trade or not too trade? JD LA tractor for JD E 3hp

if you do go for it heres a guy for pretty much every sheet metal part on them

http://www.vintagetractors.com/jdltin.html
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