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Rebuilt magnetoes?
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DeadCarp    Posted 12-16-2002 at 15:25:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everybody with an old tractor would like to have a nice, solid, hot magneto i guess - it's so much handier than fouling all those plugs. but i got to pricing, and for my JD B, best was $148 (to $270 - oops, just passed my wallet) for a rebuilt. They have a book out at Lindsey's about rebuilding your own - anybody ever try it?

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-16-2002 at 19:02:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was a thread over on the smokstak board at some time back. I think someone had a link to a site about rebuilding one. It talked about recharging the magnet and all the other stuff. I think it even showed how to build one from scratch. Some knowledgeable folks over there. Seems like there's a board just for that over there.

anthony taylor    Posted 09-11-2004 at 13:19:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I need parts for a fairbanks morse mag. it is on an old hercules engine, an old army generator, i actually need the cap.

Larry    Posted 12-16-2002 at 18:17:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]

You can convert a lot of old mags over to battery ignition using an external coil. I did one on an old JD B once. I bet I even have the thing in the barn someplace.

Larry M.    Posted 01-30-2005 at 13:45:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am interested in the conversion of a 1940 Farmall A, 6-volt system to a regular ciol system. It sounds like you've done that and I've got a magneto that does not function. Can you provide me with some feedback on this?
Larry M.

DeadCarp    Posted 12-16-2002 at 18:23:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think we cross-posted Larry but that's another possibility - kinda want to hear that rainflap rattle again - thanks :)

MikeH-Tx    Posted 12-16-2002 at 16:51:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC, everything on a magneto is straightforward to
repair and replace except the magnet. You have points
and condensor and a coil. All are easy to replace if you
have a parts source (the IHC F12 that I did was
available). However, if the magnet is weak, you will
have to recharge the magnet and that takes a special
setup. Not too difficult to build, but a lot of work for
fixing a single magneto. I opted to take mine to the only
magneto repair expert within 100 miles and pay him
$35 to recharge the magnet.

The archives on will turn up a magnet
recharging setup if you are interested in going it alone.

DeadCarp - thanks Mike    Posted 12-16-2002 at 18:19:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just might wander over there at my leisure and see what it looks like - points & condenser etc i'm sure i can handle :)

Short Round    Posted 12-17-2002 at 13:55:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC, There is a guy that post quite often on the tractor board and he goes by the name of Ole John T. he is an expert on electtical problems and rebuilding. Try posting there and I think you will have your answer shortly. Good luck.

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