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Old 06-20-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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Here is the reason I had been asking questions on here the past few months. I was building a speedster with as many John Deere parts as possible. The radiator is from a "GP" tractor and the engine is a two cylinder vertical flathead from an old Deere pull type combine. The frame is T and the axles are model A. Seats, steering, pedals, gauges are all Deere. Fenders and tank are from Speedway.
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:39 PM   #2
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Quite a combination. Cool looking buggy.
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Drawbar or 3 point hitch ?
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:20 PM   #4
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Drawbar or 3 point hitch ?
No I couldn't find a place to mount it on a model T frame.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:49 PM   #5
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Saw it out at grand island, very nice job
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:25 PM   #6
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Here is the reason I had been asking questions on here the past few months. I was building a speedster with as many John Deere parts as possible. The radiator is from a "GP" tractor and the engine is a two cylinder vertical flathead from an old Deere pull type combine. The frame is T and the axles are model A. Seats, steering, pedals, gauges are all Deere. Fenders and tank are from Speedway.

Combine engine? Must be a flat belt drive!
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:30 PM   #7
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Now, that is neat. What transmission and rear end ?
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What attachments can you get with it?

Gang mower, snow plow?

Great fun. Enjoy.
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I'm green with envy.

No - not that green.

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Friend has an 30 or 31 A coupe painted John Deere Green and yellow wheels. But yours is unique. Know it took a lot of work.
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:47 PM   #11
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Bravo !!! Great job looks pretty cool!
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Old 06-22-2019, 05:48 PM   #12
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My Pop never had any D John Deere tractors but a lot of the neighbors up in Kansas did. We had 4010 models when I was a kid. Those old Johnny poppers last forever as long as you don't mind the sound of them. Plup-plup-plup all day long. Pulling the flywheel to start them could be a chore but they generally pull off relatively quickly.

If that thing has an LUC or at least one of the LU series 2-cylinder engines, they aren't really the popper type since they are a different design. They actually sound pretty conventional for a 2-cylinder. Plus they could be set up for straight back drive since they have a bell housing. I assume that that is what this speedster has from an old Model 12A combine or even the old Model LA tractor. Some Model 12A combines had PTO drives but not all tractors had a PTO back in the day. I imagine it has to be hand cranked to start. many of the old implements were set up that way.
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:17 AM   #13
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My Pop never had any D John Deere tractors but a lot of the neighbors up in Kansas did. We had 4010 models when I was a kid. Those old Johnny poppers last forever as long as you don't mind the sound of them. Plup-plup-plup all day long. Pulling the flywheel to start them could be a chore but they generally pull off relatively quickly.

If that thing has an LUC or at least one of the LU series 2-cylinder engines, they aren't really the popper type since they are a different design. They actually sound pretty conventional for a 2-cylinder. Plus they could be set up for straight back drive since they have a bell housing. I assume that that is what this speedster has from an old Model 12A combine or even the old Model LA tractor. Some Model 12A combines had PTO drives but not all tractors had a PTO back in the day. I imagine it has to be hand cranked to start. many of the old implements were set up that way.
No one claimed it to be a “Johnny Popper”. It would be pretty difficult to mount a two cylinder vertical transverse engine in a car.
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:39 AM   #14
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Yes but you never mentioned what engine it was either. I was only referencing John Deere's history with 2-cylinder engines. I haven't followed any previous threads so I guessed at what it was.

Now all you need is a John Deere motorcycle.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:08 AM   #15
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Very cool. Great imagination. Excellent job. Well done.
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Old 06-23-2019, 11:55 PM   #16
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Beautiful speedster. Nicely done!
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No one claimed it to be a “Johnny Popper”. It would be pretty difficult to mount a two cylinder vertical transverse engine in a car.
The typical "Johnny Popper" was a horizontal engine, not vertical. The engine Rotorwrench was referencing was a vertical inline version, not transverse. I believe it was also an even firing engine, not the "pop-pop-pause" of the typical John Deere tractor.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:35 AM   #18
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The typical "Johnny Popper" was a horizontal engine, not vertical. The engine Rotorwrench was referencing was a vertical inline version, not transverse. I believe it was also an even firing engine, not the "pop-pop-pause" of the typical John Deere tractor.

Not sure why this has become an issue, but it's an LUC engine from a combine. Same as in an LA tractor. It is a two cylinder, flat head, vertical built at the John Deere factory in Moline, Illinois. Cylinders fire 180 degrees apart followed by 540 degrees, just like the horizontal engines. It has a Wico X magneto and a TSX carb.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:30 PM   #19
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Very nice! I love different stuff. ( 20 year Deere tech )
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:40 PM   #20
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I don't think it's really an issue. Folks like me are just curious sorts. I only mentioned the older horizontal type engines due to their popularity and that they are 2-cylinder jobs. They aren't related in any other way to the LU series of engines other than being manufactured by John Deere.

A fellow I used to work for had one of those old 1908 Brush Runabouts. It only had 1 cylinder with a wood frame & axles and it would go about as fast as a tractor but it was still a lot of fun.

Your JD is undoubtedly a lot of fun as well.

I've seen photos of a 3-wheeler cycle that had the JD green LUC on the back.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32719051@N06/3790954346

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