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| June/July 1996

LUC Engines

2821 Wilmington Road Lebanon, Ohio 45036

I started a search for a John Deere LUC combine engine in the spring of 1995. In April I found two basket case LUC engines. I bought them and had them in my possession June 26, 1995.

I needed to get a carburetor, gas tank, and engine house for the one engine that I had hoped to end up with. I put a want ad in a John Deere magazine in June of 1995. In late August I received four calls from Ohio, one from each of the following states, Washington, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Each person was very nice and offered the parts I needed. A gentleman from Ohio offered me a complete and running engine that I could not afford to turn down. So, November 4, 1995, I drove to northern Ohio and looked at the complete combine engine. It was overhauled, painted and even had bills for the parts he had in vested in. The gentleman even had the original manual with the serial number written on the first page. We started the engine and it seemed okay. I bought it that day, loaded it on my pickup truck and brought it home. I called a friend to help me unload the engine that night. We got it unloaded onto a work bench that was the same height as the pickup truck. The engine weighs 438 pounds, so we used paint roller handles to roll the engine onto the workbench.

The following day I called the friend who helped me unload the engine and I invited him and his father over to look at it. His father had a 12-A combine with a similar engine, so we started mine and it ran perfectly.

The engine had been painted over the decals. You could faintly see the decals. So, I used Strypeeze paint re mover and took all of the paint off the engine house. I have now sanded the metal, but have not painted the metal yet because of the cold weather.'

I also had to get more information on the engine, so I called John Deere Archives in Moline, Illinois and gave them the serial number LUC 50970. They told me the engine completion date was February 27, 1951. I thought the engine was much older than that. They told me it was considered to be a late model engine because they went to another type engine in the early 1950s. As near as I can find out, this is a two-cylinder engine made by John Deere for the LA tractor and the 12 A combine. I hope some interested reader will clarify this information for me.