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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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The first thing I would do is check the voltage of the battery when you shut the tractor off. If the battery voltage is ok, let is set for a couple of hours without charging the battery and see if it starts. If it starts after cooling down I would blame the starter. Also, the bendix on the starter is kicking out too soon causing the "free spinning" sound you described.
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