Restoring My 1940 B. F. Avery

| May/June 1988

  • 1940 B. F. Avery Restoration

  • 1940 B. F. Avery Restoration

P.O. Box 28, Hardinsburg, IN 47125

It all started out on my 14th birthday. When my dad got home from work he came to me and said he had something for me. After he led me outside, I opened my eyes.

There it was. An Avery. I always wanted an Avery Model V.

After unloading it, I pushed it in the barn. The next morning, I went to the barn before school. The suspense was just killing me. I put the crank in and nothing. It was stuck!

After school, I took the hood, the gas tank, radiator, the plugs, and the fan off. After about two weeks of squirting lubrication in it, my dad and I put a pipe wrench and a 6 foot long steel pipe on the crankshaft pulley, and it finally broke loose. After I freed up the valves, rewired the ignition, had my dad rebuild the starter, and rewired most of the tractor, it was time for the big moment. We put the gas tank on, made a gas line and then we cranked up the old Farmall M. I bet we pulled that thing a half an hour. It just wouldn't start.

So, we put it in the barn again and back to the drawing board we went. We checked the ignition-it worked fine. The only thing left was the carburetor. We ended up taking it off three different times and the third time we must have done the right thing because when we put it back on and we cranked it three times, she started. I was never so happy in my life.