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    Question John Deere No Serial Identification Number

    Hoping for a little help about this tractor. My grandfather just recently passed away and my family is looking for information about his John Deere tractor. My husband would like to purchase and restore it but he's not terribly experienced with antique tractors. We found something similar on Ebay that was an L style from '39 - '41. I attached some pictures ... anyone have any idea about the year of this tractor? Possible price in it's current condition (it did run right up until my grandpa got sick so probably hasn't been started in over a year)? No model number to be found on the back or under the fender; engine does have a number on it but it's not really leading anywhere. Any help would be very much appreciated!
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    I am not an authority on price at all. It is a model L from about 38-4??

    Very unique from the other J-Ds of the time. Pictures seem to indicate a pretty decent condition.

    I found this on line-- John Deere L
    Year Starting Serial Number
    1937 6210000
    1938 621079-624999
    1938 625000
    1939 626265
    1940 630160
    1941 634191
    1942 640000
    1943 640738
    1944 641038
    1945 641538
    1946 641958
    Hope it helps.
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    According to the tractordata website, the tractor serial number is printed on the rear axle. (photo courtesy of tractordata)
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    John Deere Model LA

    "anyone have any idea about the year of this tractor?"

    Reviewed the JOHN DEERE TRACTOR DATA BOOK under the John Deere Model LA section Comments topic on page 82.

    The first Model LA was built August 2, 1940.

    The last Model LA was built August 1, 1946.

    Take a look at the diagrams below.
    Model LA Magneto 0.jpg

    Note the complete magneto (Key 54) end cap where the spark plug cables are inserted.

    If the magneto has this "style" end cap, then it was installed on tractors serial numbers 1001 through 4532.

    These tractors were made from 1941 through late 1942.

    Take a look at the diagrams below.
    Model LA Magneto 2.jpg

    Note the magneto cover (Key65) where the spark plug cables are inserted.

    If the magneto has this "style" cover, then it was installed on tractors serial numbers 4533 through 13475.

    These tractors were made from late 1942 through 1946.

    "Possible price in it's current condition (it did run right up until my grandpa got sick so probably hasn't been started in over a year)?"

    Thank you for providing photos of your grandfather's Model LA tractor.

    If the tractor is running, then the asking price range would be approximately $2000-$2500 here in NE Texas.

    Last Summer there was a Model LA listed for sale at $2500 just 15 miles from our farm.

    Hope this helps and hope y'all enjoy your grandfather's little tractor.
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