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by bookman51
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Fuse blows when lights turned on.
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Fuse blows when lights turned on.

I opened up the lights and found somethings wrong, I do not know if they are the cause for the blown fuse, but they could. The front lights are bulbs, and a piece of Bakelite (or whatever) where the wiring goes in was broken. Fortunately I have some other old lights and a stole a piece from one of t...
by bookman51
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Fuse blows when lights turned on.
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Fuse blows when lights turned on.

I did not change the wiring of the crawler, and there is a fuse that protects everything, as originally designed. It blows and everything stops, not just the lights. I will check and see what I can tell from the lights bulbs. It has been a few months since I put in the lights, but I do not think the...
by bookman51
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: Fuse blows when lights turned on.
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Fuse blows when lights turned on.

I put new lights on my 420 crawler and rewired them. However, when I turned the switch to the lights, the fuze blew. My first guess is a short somewhere. I replaced the fuse and crawler started and runs fine--with the lights off. I looked in the parts and service manuals and could not find the size ...
by bookman51
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 420 brake and clutch pedal stuck
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

Re: 420 brake and clutch pedal stuck

I had the crawler overhauled at a local John Deere dealer about a dozen years ago. I do not know if the clutch was replaced then or not. I purchased it in pieces from an uncle who has since passed on. I do not know if the John Deere dealer reassembled the clutch correctly or not. Sounds like may be ...
by bookman51
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 420 brake and clutch pedal stuck
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

Re: 420 brake and clutch pedal stuck

It does not look like the clutch pedal it hitting the foot platform. With a little more time and warmer weather I will check out everything you mentioned. In the meantime, I am putting PB Blaster on the left side and working the pedals from time to time. I am hoping they will come completely loose. ...
by bookman51
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 420 brake and clutch pedal stuck
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

420 brake and clutch pedal stuck

I do not want to hijack 420CrawlerHoller thread, so I will start another one. I read with considerable interest the solutions to his brake and clutch pedal being stuck together. I have been having a similar problem, but mine are not complete stuck together, just tight. I realize from reading his thr...
by bookman51
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 1958 420 Battery
Replies: 13
Views: 2551

Re: 1958 420 Battery

Thanks folks. I suspect that the linkage in the clutch pedal needs adjusting so it can go further forward far enough for the battery box lip to fold down. It is a warm weather project unless we get more snow here and I need to get the crawler out. I double checked, and I have an Exide battery, but I...
by bookman51
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 1958 420 Battery
Replies: 13
Views: 2551

Re: 1958 420 Battery

I checked and I probably am due for a new battery. I got the current one in July of 2013 from TSC for $79.99. If I get more than three years off a 6 volt battery I feel lucky (not good though). However I recently did get seven years from a 6 volt TSC battery on my Farmall 340, but I run it pretty re...
by bookman51
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 1958 420 Battery
Replies: 13
Views: 2551

Re: 1958 420 Battery

Thanks folks. The point is that the clutch pedal will not go down far enough for the battery holder to fold down. There is just no way it can happen, and I pushed on it a lot over the years I have had the crawler. Even if the battery lip were cut so it would fold down beyond the clutch pedal, the cu...
by bookman51
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 1958 420 Battery
Replies: 13
Views: 2551

1958 420 Battery

I have a 1958 420 crawler. To get the battery in and out, I have to take off the clutch pedal. Is this normal? The battery tray is part AT 10454 T. There is a lip on it that tilts out, but it hits the clutch pedal. There is no way the clutch pedal can be pushed down far enough for the the lip to be ...
by bookman51
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: how to paint a crawler
Replies: 13
Views: 2613

Re: how to paint a crawler

Thanks for the information on painting. I am still using mine so never intended to paint the tracks, but I just wondered how they ever painted the rest of it. I had a professional paint the sheet metal a year ago, and I am not working on painting the undercarriage (some of it anyway), the cast metal...
by bookman51
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: how to paint a crawler
Replies: 13
Views: 2613

how to paint a crawler

I have a John Deere 420C. I had the sheet metal painted, but now I look at the rest of it and wonder how one ever gets the undercarriage painted. Looks about impossible to get to everything. Anyone have experience do so?
by bookman51
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 420C Seal Beam Light Wiring
Replies: 17
Views: 4209

Re: 420C Seal Beam Light Wiring

Lavoy, Thanks. I stopped by a local machine shop this morning to see what it would cost to make one. Sounds like in the $25 to $30 range, unless I want a dozen or so made (but I did not ask the cost for that). I still look at it and think I could probably do it. I do not have a torch to heat up the ...
by bookman51
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 420C Seal Beam Light Wiring
Replies: 17
Views: 4209

Re: 420C Seal Beam Light Wiring

Stan, Thanks. On the left fender of my crawler there are two holes to the rear that are not used for the carriage bolts holding the fender on. The rear hole is 3/8" and the one a few inches in front of it is "7/16". Now the studs/brackets on my front light are L shaped and welded on the light guard ...
by bookman51
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Early model JD crawler technical support
Topic: 420C Seal Beam Light Wiring
Replies: 17
Views: 4209

Re: 420C Seal Beam Light Wiring

Does the rear light mount in the far rear hole on the left fender (3/8") or in the front the hole a few inches in front of it (7/16") hole? Thanks