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Trouble restarting Ferguson to-35

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Whenever I turn off my 1955 Ferguson to-35 and then try to restart it, the battery barely turns the engine over and it won't start. After charging the battery for a few hours, it'll start up immediately. The amp meter shows positive amperage (not sure if that's the correct term) while it's running.

Assuming the battery isn't shot, what could be causing it to get drained so much during the operation of the tractor? If it were a bad generator, wouldn't the amp meter show a negative reading during operation? Thanks.
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could be that the starter is in need of being rebuilt and not wanting to work when its hot from the tractor being run. and after a couple hours of sitting its cooled down enough to crank normally. but first thing grab a volt meter and check battery voltage with the engine running to make sure that the charging system is working properly you should have 13.5v - 14.4v with the engine running that is if its been converted to a 12 volt system already
I'm not sure what gauge the cables are. I think they're the same size as a standard auto battery cable.
ok that right there could be the problem you need to use the 0 gauge cables with a 6 volt system otherwise they cant provide enough amperage to the starter. i still would suggest checking the charging system voltage with a multi meter you will want to see somewhere around 7 - 8 volts at the battery with the engine running if not try repolarizing the generator but you may have a bad regulator/cutout switch. start with basics first by gwtting the proper cables, cleaning all connections and making sure that charging voltage is good
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