I put forth for your consideration, my 1962 Gemco Big Boy. I purchased this machine three years ago. And after an extensive search I managed to find one in South Carolina. Since I only heard, but never seen one before, well you know I, I had to have it. The tractor is shown here with its original Brinly implements the cultivator being my favorite. This tractor is becoming exceedingly rare as there were not many built. They were manufactured in Norfolk, VA. and were distributed by National Mower corp. from a warehouse in Buffalo NY. they were also available for purchase at Goodyear tire stores. The machine is chain driven and also has chain steering. But it's most interesting feature is its innovative implement lift system. While most if not all manufacturer's used an arm lift, this use's a leg lift system for front and rear implements, as the lift arm is reversible. While I personally know of eight of them, one belonging to GTTalk member jabelman and another I owned now in the hands of GTTalk member Andrew Black aka Panzer boy, I have never come across one with it's original lift arm. I should add those are the original paint colors. Thanks Hank.
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- Aug 03, 2017 10:50 AM
- by HANKG
For "lawn motoring" this is what I have. Here`s my 1920 Milbradt riding mower, probably one of the first gas powered riders! It is powered by a Missouri Gas Engine Co. engine, I`ve been told that they mainly made marine engines. The transmission is a forward/reverse marine transmission. A good friend of mine had this for sale, my wife loved it too when she saw it, and she bought it for my birthday almost 2 years ago! It certainly pays to wait for the right woman!
The transmission slipped badly when I finally got it running and picked up a very large (and expensive!) drive chain for it and tried taking it for a test drive. I hope to have all the bugs worked out of it for the shows later this summer. It has a very primitive condenser on the engine for cooling, and tiller steering. Ignition is by a timer on the engine and a battery and coil under the seat. A very cool ride!
- Jul 11, 2017 09:34 AM
- by Rustysteele
I would like to nominate my 1967 Minneapolis-Moline 110 Hydro.
This tractor was listed on EBAY in September 2014, and I won the auction. My friends brother hauled it to Pennsylvania from Ohio, and the work began. This tractor only had one front wheel on it, the other front spindle was broke off, the rear axle housing was missing. There was no grill and the glass headlight lenses busted, the seatback was cut off and the steering wheel busted. The motor did run after the usual cleaning of the fuel pump, carburetor, and gas tank.
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This tractor took a little over a year and a half to restore. Every nut and bolt, roll pin, cotter pin, set screw was removed. Bushing were made in the steering to remove all the wear, the transmission seals and bearings replaced and new gear oil, the hydro seals replaced new filter and oil, the engine was rebuilt but when it was started it had a vibration in it that I did not like so it was taken apart the 2nd and 3rd time changing crankshaft, flywheel, installing new crank bearings. On the 4th time we sent the flywheel, crankshaft, piston and rod out and had it balanced its a lot smoother running now. The generator was rebuilt and we made a new wiring harness. This tractor is as good as new, saved from the scrap heap and will live for another 50+ years! Thanks to my brother this Minneapolis-Moline looks better than new with that paint.
- Apr 03, 2017 12:06 PM
- by MM MARK
Here's my 1976 Case 220. I found it at my local small engine sales/repair shop in May '15. I get some parts there, especially when I'm in hurry. Cool place, old school. The owner was busy that day, so it gave me a chance to check out machines in the repair lot, where I spotted this sitting. The shop owner's brother walked over and shared it's background. One owner, and it was serviced at that shop since new. K241 Kohler, with 800 hours. I jokingly asked if it was for sale, thinking he'd say no. To my surprise, he said the owner was moving and was planning to sell it after getting it serviced. We fired it up, and after I took it through a little test run, I called the owner from the shop and we made a deal.
Original paint, decals, stickers, etc. Tires also, pretty sure. The only thing I never verified was the seat, so no claims there. There is some wear gathered through it's life, scratches, chips, etc., but overall she's pretty darn clean for her age. All I've done is clean/degrease it, and wax it occasionally. It is always stored inside, but it is still worked. I use it to mow an acre of flat field once a week during the season. And it pulls some boat trailers, and wagons, now and again. Starts every time on a 1/4 choke and runs smooth without a lick of smoke.
- Feb 01, 2017 10:53 AM
- by tiretrx