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mikemoyer
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2022-02-10          200876


I am working on a 48 cub with 6 volt system is it positive ground?

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Hogslayer
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2022-02-10          200878


The earlier Farmall tractor models Cub, A, C, H and M all had 6V batteries with positive ground. I'm not sure about the 200,300 & 400 models. I believe the 350, 450, etc. and newer had 12 volt batteries.

I understand the Cub model was also produced until much later, like up to the late 70's. Am assuming some upgrades were made along the way.

When I was real young about 5 years old, I drove our model A with hand crank start, mostly for sickle bar mowing. Dad always cranked it for me, since at that age I didn't have enough lead in my pants to do it. Besides, if it backfired during starting, allot of farmers got a broken arm as a result.

In '53 or '54 we got a model C to replace the A and H and a 400 to replace the M. Power steering wasn't on any of them. The 400 had a strong spring on the clutch. I locked my left knee and pulled with both hands on the steering wheel to dump the clutch. When I let go with my hands, I slide back in the seat and would take off smoothly. I could only steer when the tractor was moving.

Dad upgraded the C from a 6V positive ground system to 12V with negative ground. He got a Chrysler alternator, new coil and light bulbs and other stuff for the conversion. I believe he used the same starter. It sure spun fast and started much easier than before.

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2022-02-11          200880


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I am working on a 48 cub with 6 volt system is it positive ground?


YES ....

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2022-04-01          200963


Hogslayer...enjoyed your post greatly. ....

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2022-04-24          200993


Grandad always told a story about a old ford firetruck at the plant that would never start when they needed it. So why wouldnt it start? Well turns out someone put new batteries in it, they hooked it back up with Negative ground....grandad changed it to Positive ground and it never failed to start again.

Correct grounding makes all the differance in the world. ....

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