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#1 michelle OFFLINE  

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 08:15 AM

On Friday, Adam (bread320i) and I left for a "little" trip to Pennsylvania from our home outside of Milwaukee. The reasons for the trip? Well, after viewing a local man's tractor collection, I might have had my eyes set on finding a Wagner "Little Giant". The man explained the history of the tractor (cliffnotes: International Harvester requesting a garden tractor design. Wagner built the "Little Giant". IH didn't think it was to the "IH quality" and declined it. Created their Cub Cadet line. Wagner sold the tractors since they had the tooling and design, just put their name on it.).

So I went to work trying to find one. Only one was on Ebay and it was being sold without a motor. And was way out on the east coast. I was disappointed, but figured I would just keep looking. Never heard of one before, so I knew it wasn't going to be all that easy to find one.

Stumbled upon a Yahoo! group for the tractors. Not a lot of posts and nothing really recent. Decided to join and make a "wanted" post. Less than 24 hours later, a man emails me saying he would sell his. He had a link in his email to pictures of some of his tractors. There I saw not only the one Little Giant, but two! So I asked about the chance of him selling both and sure enough - he agreed! His and her tractors - I think so!

Adam spoke with him on the phone, negotiated a price, and we agreed on when we would drive out to Pennsylvania to pick them up.

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So early Friday morning, we started the trip east. We planned on arriving in the area that night and then picking them up in the morning. Well GoogleMaps over-estimated our drive time and we arrived in Pennsylvania at 4:00 on Friday. We called him along the way and he said we could pick them up on Friday instead.

So we arrived and were anxious to see the tractors and the rest of his collection. He has built two "miniature" farm tractors - a John Deere B and an International Harvester. Very impressive and "cute"!

Loading the two tractors into the trailer went easier than we all thought and before I knew it, we were back on the road towards our hotel. Adam tried to talk the guy into selling his Bantam (one of Adam's tractors on his "wish list"), but he wasn't ready to sell it yet. They exchanged cards, so maybe we'll be back in Pennsylvania at some point.

The trip home was uneventful, but I think it's safe to say Adam spent more time looking away from the road, looking for other tractors along the way. Only hit a little traffic in Chicago.

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I have pictures that are uploading now and I will take more with the camera once we unload the trailer this morning. Adam's already anxious to get one of them running (and so am I!).

Some of the PO's pictures until mine upload:
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Edited by michelle, March 11, 2012 - 08:19 AM.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 08:19 AM

Congrats, folks. Glad you could go get them. Good luck! I'm awaiting the pics.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 08:24 AM

Good deal! Nice tractors!

Edited by JBBR, March 11, 2012 - 08:25 AM.


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Posted March 11, 2012 - 08:30 AM

Congratulations ,those are cute little tractors.Glad to hear that your trip went well too.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:17 AM

That is a nice road trip and you got to get not one but two of the Wagner Little Giants which is impressive. Congrats on the score :D

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:05 AM

Congratulations cant wait to see the pics. :beerchug:

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:10 AM

That had to be a great trip after cooped all winter.
Congrads on the tractor.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Looks like those are some good tractors! Nice find! Cant wait to see pics!

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:23 AM

The PO restored one of the tractors himself. The other, well, a younger more "amateur" attempt was made by the young man the PO purchased it from. It's really rough, which we knew. Not the original motor either, but it's convenient to have "two", when they are not something you see every day.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Loaded in the trailer.
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The "rough" one.
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The "restored" one.
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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:30 AM

Thanks for sharing those photos with us.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:31 AM

We got the "restored" one running for a bit. Carb needs to be cleaned, but it would run for a little while.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 10:32 AM

Very nice Michelle. Those are great looking Giants. It's nice that you got them and had such a nice trip. Congratulations.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 11:02 AM

Great haul Michelle, glad you had a safe trip. Also, which is the rough one... I can't tell... Hmmmm.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Nice looking tractors. Good luck with them. Thanks for the pics.




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