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#1 tractorjeff OFFLINE  

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Posted January 06, 2012 - 10:24 PM

Attached are pictures of a double seat Allan Herschell Brownie Tractor, Junior Tractor by Pony Tractor Co and a single seat Brownie that I built because I was unable to fine one to buy. I'm doing research on tractors that were used in amusement parks and carnivals in during the late 50's and 60's. I do know that Bantam's, Hiller Yard Hands and Strunk Chipmunks were also used. If anyone has photos, videos, family movies or any other info on tractors that were used amusement parks I would be very interested. If you would like to share your memories of these kiddie tractors I would be interested in hearing them. Being that it's been 50 years ago that these tractors were used information is scarce. You can post to this thread or feel free to email me at jeffmalm(AT symbol)comcast(dot)net

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Posted January 06, 2012 - 10:29 PM

I've never seen anything like that before. Thanks for posting the pics.

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Posted January 06, 2012 - 10:29 PM

What a fantastic project. I wish you the best of luck. This will be quite interesting to watch. Thanks for posting the pics.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 06:25 AM

Nice tractors. You have a neat hobby picked out. Good luck on the info hunting.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 06:39 AM

Interesting thread. My first memories of amusement parks would be in the late 60's early 70's. I don't remember any tractors only go carts. Good luck collecting info.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 08:26 AM

I've never had any interest in collecting little tractors, but I do enjoy reading about them. Each of us have different particular areas we prefer, but ALL tractors need to be preserved, and I am glad you & others preserve these tractors. Keep up the good work & keep us updated, especially with pics!

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 08:39 AM

That sounds like an interesting pursuit! The Allan Herschell tractors appear to have David Bradly hoods. They look just like the old walk behinds. At any rate they're extremely cool and I'm very interested in reading the results as you go. Please feel free to update with info that you find along the way! Thanks for sharing the pics!

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 08:45 AM

What do these use for motor and trannys? I see the yellow has a Continail AU7 looks like.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 08:52 AM

The story I've heard is the Brownie Tractor Co bought around 200 hoods from David Bradley before they stamped David Bradley in the sides. When Allan Herschell purchased Brownie in 1959 they cut of the end of the hoods and added the dash panel. The one I purchased had enough of the dash decal that I could have it reproduced.
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Posted January 07, 2012 - 09:01 AM

Thanks for posting pictures of your tractors , also love the history that goes along with them , Al

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 09:03 AM

The Brownie's used a Hawkins Metal Products (Wildcat) rear end with the gear box removed and a B&S model 60332 engine. To drive you pull the handle to engage the belt, no reverse. The Pony Junior Tractor uses the Continental AU7 and to drive you push the handle to slide the engine forward to engage the belt also no reverse. Has live axle driving left tire.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 09:45 AM

What a unique and different approach to collecting. I love reading the history of the tractors and how they have evolved. Thank you for posting the pictures as well.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Subscribed. Great job on the little tractors ! ! ! Were they a "ride" or used for set up and tear down of the carnival?

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 11:17 AM

They were driven by children and on the Pony Junior parents could stand on the back platform. I know the Bantam amusement park tractor also had the platform. These tractors are big enough for adults to drive also. This was of course be liability issues. I've also seen where the Bantams were used to move equipment around during the setup and tear down of carnivals.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Thanks for posting the pics!

Maybe kids could learn something from rides like that today, instead of some of the "modern" video games! ~~ grnspot
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