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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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Sorry, should have mentioned that it's a 6 volt system.

And now that you mention the starter, I remember that it does sometimes tend to "free spin". By that I mean that after turning the engine a couple times, I hear what sounds like the starter spinning but it's not grabbing.
Thanks Ken. I'll do that. I have a tendency to overlook the simple potential solutions.
I'm not sure what gauge the cables are. I think they're the same size as a standard auto battery cable.
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