I am going to nominate my latest haul. The history of this tractor is unclear, due to the previous owner not asking anything about the tractor when he bought it 8 years ago out of Eastern Pennsylvania. However, he did not do anything to it or with it himself, so it sat all this time, either inside or outside depending on available shop space. He listed the tractor on Craigslist and I bought it. As some of you knew I had been wanting a homemade tractor for some time now.
After tinkering on the tractor for two hours it was running and driving around the yard. Power is provided by a UC-60 International Harvester power unit from the 1940s as it is a Continental Y69 sourced engine. This chain drives a late 1930s Dodge 3-speed transmission, which finally chain drives a 1950s Pontiac rear axle. If white wall tires isnt class I dont know what is, mabey the three brake pedals, none of which operate both brakes simultaneously. Or could it be the living room furniture that offers a little comfort until you realize it tilts opposite of direction of travel every time you change direction. Maybe some open chains near your feet when you let out the clutch pedal you cant really reach easily is that extra bit of class to tip the scales. Speaking of tipping the scales, that concrete might set that idea in rock solid form.
Now the big quiestion, what is it? I am going to take a shot and pick a decade of manufacturer, key off the styling a branding, and make up a model. 1970s International Harvester Custom Crop.
My plans for this tractor include leaving it mostly alone except to refine the operator controls slightly to make it easier and safer to operate, and swap out the dryrotted tires for ag lugs and tri ribs. I am slowly debating implementation for this tractor, possibly a plow or grader blade is in its future. If only I knew of the original intended task this tractor was built to handle, I would equip it accordingly. As most of you guys know, the Custom Crop has found itself a home where it will get well deserved exercise and shown to future generations of tractor gurus in hopes of prolonging the hobby, and stimulating the creativity of the newest generations.
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- Oct 04, 2017 12:45 PM
- by wvbuzzmaster
I'll enter my 1977 Economy Powerking.
This tractor used to belong to the family next door who bought it new originally. I have fond memories as a little kid watching it in action during summers from across the chain link fence. In fact, as soon as I would hear the screech of the starter whirl from inside our house- (it's that loud) when they would fire it up in their garage I'd go running out to see it in action while they mowed. I used to think it was one of the neatest looking (and sounding) tractors as something like this is quite uncommon in our neck of the woods and I had never seen one like it. Fast forward to 2013 - a couple of decades later - I asked if I could buy it as they had not been using it for a few years and had also moved it outside where it was being stored under a tarp. To somewhat of a surprise, they let me buy it.
Since then, I have enjoyed using it, fixing it up where it needed it, and upgrading it as well to my style. I really didn't know much at all about these tractors but after researching them when I was considering buying it, I discovered this one didn't come with many options. I knew I still wanted one so I had briefly considered finding another one instead that was optioned better but that idea was quickly thrown under the rug as no other tractor would replace the emotional attachment to this particular one, which was more important to me. The manual lift had to go seeing my intended uses for it so I ended up tracking down a complete factory hydraulic lift setup from someone out of state. Most recently I purchased a secondary transmission setup for it as well which I'll be installing down the road when I restore it. Other things that some other things include changing the stance with custom made wheels spacers from Motorsport Tech, larger front and rear Carlisle tires, refinished/powdercoated rims, all new hydraulic hoses, taller 24" rear wheel model front king pins, battery box, weathered fasteners replaced with stainless where necessary, and a rear vintage style LED taillight.
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- Sep 03, 2017 09:18 AM
- by Austen
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 got this Cub about a month and a half ago from my grandfather who had owned it for the last 30yrs, as you can see in the first pic it had been worked hard all it's life and was in need of some serious repair. This tractor always had a front blade on it and my grandfather used it to move dirt and to plow many driveways in the winter. When I got it I decided it was time to give it some love.
I started tear down on April 8th with the intention to have it plowing at PA plow day on April 22nd, it was a tight deadline that in the end proved to be a little to tight and I was unable to get it done. After taking some time away I finally finished it up on May 7th, I'm really pleased with how it looks and can't wait to get it dirty at plow day. When i began this project i intended to save as many of the original pieces as i could including the hood and frame, I was able to save the hood but the frame proved to be beyond repair, just about every bolt in the frame was loose which resulted in many holes being egg shaped so i opted for a new frame. Once it was apart i sandblasted all the parts down to bare metal to begin bodywork, I'm a professional bodyman but even this proved to be a bit of a challenge given it's condition. After about 16 hrs of welding and bodywork i had all the parts ready for primer, once the primer dried i began wet sanding. The paint process went smooth and i couldn't be happier with the finish, the yellow is Case/IH irongard and the white is PPG essential single stage. Reassembly took much longer than i had planned which was the cause for me missing plow day but i would rather miss a show than cut corners and be unhappy with the end result. The brass steering cap was made by a friend and polished by myself, I think it completes the job and gives the tractor something that no other tractor has. Here are a few video links for your viewing pleasure.
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- Jun 03, 2017 11:02 AM
- by olds45512
]I'm going to nominate Alice for this month, I picked the tractor up the end of July, 2015. When I first saw it, I saw the potential to make a good working tractor from the mods already done to her. She was owned by someone into pulling and the frame had been cut to accept a Kohler Magnum 18, which I had sitting in the shop. This is what she looked like the day I brought her home.
She was a 716-6 speed, I wanted a hydro. So everything from the BGB back was removed. It took me until mid-October to get her put together. I made a frame for an Eaton 11/Peerless 2500 out of a Ford LGT 165. Even set up the foot pedal drive. I moved the brake pedal to the LH side while I was at it. Next was using the 3-Point rock shaft off a Sears FF tractor. I found an MTD drive shaft through this forum, this has u-joints and not the discs like the AC uses. Added in an oil cooler since I did not have a fan to cool the hydro. Since getting it going, I have installed a two-spool valve from a MF. Rear fenders are early Sears/Roper. Seat slide is from the Ford. I have a tool box under the seat. I also had to extend the hood and front frame 4" to make room for the exhaust.
Before taking her to Ball Hollow Plow days last Spring, I bought some tri-ribs for the front and a set of BKT 26-12's for the rear. Made a pair of suitcase weights for the front out of lead, 40 lbs. each. The rears are full of washer fluid, each one weights 120 lbs. I have Sears 40 lb. weights on the outside, and Gravely two-piece 40 lb. weight installed inside each wheel. I have no spinning issues!
I have also built a canopy for the hotter days. Implements I have built that I use on the 3-point are:
Modified a Brinly 10" sleeve hitch plow to 3-point
3-Point to Sleeve Hitch Adapter
I also have a Brinly 12" plow that I have no problem pulling.
Here's some pics.
- May 08, 2017 10:46 AM
- by KennyP
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
I would like to nominate my Vaughan model E Flex Tred , but first Thanks to Doug for bringing back the Walk behind category. I found this Vaughan on Craig`s list four years ago in Connecticut, the second one I found in that state , strange considering they were made in Portland Oregon The tractor was purchased in the 40`s (used) and stayed in that family until the son sold it to me in 2013.
This Vaughan made in the late 20`s to early 30`s as a guess no production records are known to exist, still very close to it`s original condition, Schebler carburetor , Bosch magneto , Powell oiler and fuel filter.The original magneto has been rebuilt and it runs good , what the early Vaughan`s lacked were turning brakes or individual clutches to make a turn with this it is a matter of strength. yours. The water cooled Vaughan`s made in models K , M, D , H , E , E1 and E2. E2 was the two cylinder model. After that came the models S , W WS and the factory built riding version of the WS These models were air cooled.
- Mar 02, 2017 04:02 PM
- by Columbia236
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
So, what's happening this month. One entry! Last month was a great month for participation. Any way, that's the way it goes. Busy month for most people.
I'll enter my (guessing year) 1980 Ford LGT 165. All decorated up for Christmas. First time I decorated this one , I think.
We bought this tractor 12 years ago. It came with 50" deck, 42" snow blower, 36" tiller and cab. This is the first garden tractor that my son and I bought. You know the rest of the story, we bought more tractors over the years.
This tractor only does snow removal now. And it only gets out every now and then, because I have a John Deere and a Massey Ferguson that does snow also. They all take turns.
When we first got it, it did all the work. Grass, gardens, snow removal. Then I made extra attachments for it and it did even more work. Then slowly more tractors came along and the ford did less and less. Motor was done once while I've had it.
I plan to change the chute on the blower after Christmas decorations come off. Going to be taller with a power top chute defector. I made a new impeller for the blower, two years ago.
Thanks for reading and looking. Hopefully more entries come along.
- Jan 06, 2017 03:02 PM
- by propane1
Posted November 06, 2016 - 01:20 PM
I am going to Nominate 'Rusty' ...again .
He is a 1959 David Bradley Suburban Model#917-60601 SN3658
Recoil start 5.75 HP Briggs and Stratton Horiz shaft . Model 143302 type502527 SN 17690
I am very proud of this tractor .
When I got him Dec. 2014 this was a pretty rough looking machine , but I could see that it had a lot of potential .
I worked my magic , with a lot of help from my Uncle and by mid-summer 2015 we had this machine refurbished and fully functional.
At this point he won the Vote for T.of M. for Sept. 2015 on GTTalk forums in the 'open' category .
He was prepared for his first working season , outfitted with a 42" dozer blade and chains .
After some adjustments and tinkering with belt tensions and clutch settings he was doing what was intended .
He will be sporting a set of wheel weights this year and though I don't have a lot of driveway , Rusty makes it fun to clear the snow .
He will be back to doing what he loves most , working at his primary function ... snow removal !
- Dec 21, 2016 07:51 AM
- by MGP59DB
I'd like to nominate my 1919 Midwest Utilitor garden tractor with matching cart.
Bought this one at auction in the summer of 2015. It had been sitting as a static display in a private museum, and not run for quite some time. Got it running with just a filing of the points and some new gas. Had some oiling problems initially but they somehow healed themselves. I tore into the crankcase but found nothing wrong. The tractor runs good, but it's very crude and primitive design makes it a handful to operate. The tractor shakes and rattles when running. This was before the counter-balance and rubber mounts of small engines. Straight cut drive gears are noisy and only add to the vibrations.
With no governor on the engine, constant attention is required on the throttle. There is only one speed forward and no reverse. Transmission doesn't even have a neutral. The clutch has a lock on the handle to hold it disengaged and stop the tractor from driving. Luckily there are independent turning clutches so turning is actually easy but with the large lugs its not going to turn very sharp.
The engines crankshaft runs through the drive wheels with a flywheel on each side. Makes for built-in wheel weights. One flywheel has the crank for starting and the other side has a flat-belt pulley to power freestanding attachments. The lugs would have to be removed from the right-side drive wheel so they didn't interfere with the belt. Narrower lugs were offered so you could use the belt pulley without lug removal. There is no provision for a belt pulley clutch. If the engine is turning so is the pulley.
Engine is a single cylinder of about 4 horsepower. Water cooled, the front of the hood holds a neat little radiator with a flat belt driving the fan blade. Magneto ignition provides the spark with impulse feature for easier starting.
The cart came with the tractor and I believe its much more modern and fully homemade. The boards show no sign of wear. Someone did a whale of a job building it! The design is period correct and old style square hardware was used throughout. I've ridden the cart around quite a bit but its just too nice to haul anything in. The tongue of the cart sports its own toolbox and oil can holder with the old-style, bottom pump "clicker" oil can.
The seat pulls out easily and I always remove it and the tailgate for transport to shows. Those two pieces get wrapped in an old blanket for protection and secured for transport.
Thanks for reading and please vote for your favorite tractor this month and every month right here on Garden Tractor Talk!!!
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- Dec 16, 2016 07:11 PM
- by Gtractor
I picked this up at a tractor show back in 2007. The man I bought it from told me that it was put together by a local blacksmith, some 45 years ago. He used various parts, including a Wheel Horse frame, front axle & early Unidrive transaxle. Power comes from a Briggs 14R6 dated to May of 1951.
Hydraulics for the 3pt hitch come from a power-assist steering setup, likely of Ford origins. The pump is belt driven off the flywheel side of the engine.
This was a running, moving machine, however it has not been ran in just over a year. I parked it after shredding a drive belt, but due to a bad motorcycle wreck last fall I was not able to fix it. This contest gave me the 'kick' I needed to pull the tractor out and get it back into service. Short-term plans include a tune up, new belts... and putting it to work!
- Nov 01, 2012 04:08 PM
- by AcreFarm