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#1 motobreeder OFFLINE  

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Went shopping this weekend and brought home a Simplicity made tractor.
A previous owner painted "garden mark squire" on it. Looking on the internet - the "garden mark squire" that looks like this is a 725 re-badged by Wards. The seat looks imported from a later model Allis. Is there a way to tell which one I have? If not, I just call it a 725.

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Hadn't been run in 6 months. At -5C (about 23F), connected a booster pack, put on the choke and it fired right up. Ran like a top - from low to high throttle.


The motor looks original - Briggs engine - model: 19, type:704036, code:632538
(April 1961 - reference: http://www.asecc.com...s/data4.html#19)
From this, I'm guessing the tractor is a 1962. Not sure how much lag time there was between build, ship and sale.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 11:39 AM

Pretty good looking tractor. I don't think I have heard the name "Garden Mark Squire".

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 11:42 AM

Here is what I was able to find, The Wards tractor is a lot more rare then the Sim/AC model. There should be a tag somewhere on the tractor tohat says it was was made for M.Wards.





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IMPROVED Squire 7¼-HP Riding Tractor

• Big . . . More Powerful Than Ever 7¼-HP, 4-cycle Air Cooled Briggs & Stratton Engine
• Built-In Electric Starter and Generator fox Faster, Easier Starts and Long Battery Life
• Full Automotive Type Transmission . . . 3 Speeds Forward, 1 to 6 MPH, Plus Reverse

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Front Wheel Steering. Steers like a car - 3 to 1 ratio gives maneuverability, yet retains the feel of holding true on course. Top speed 6 mph, 2nd 3-3/4 mph, low is 2 mph. Oil-lubricated transmission, anti-friction ball and roller bearings on hardened shafts for smooth operation.
Comfortable Operation - engine blows heat forward, away from driver. Wide seat Is padded with foam rubber. Single pedal clutch and brake control. All controls including choke, are within easy reach. Exclusive gear locking transmission for use when tilling or operating on uneven ground -- holds tractor In gear and utilizes compression of engine as brake.
Electric Starter and Generator. Battery included. Gives fast starts by pressing button on dashboard. Provides power for lights sold. at right too . . . Easy-Lift attachment raises heavy implements on both front and rear mounts with little effort.
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Same 7¼HP Squire with Rope Starter. Ship. from Fact. near Milwaukee. Allow 15 days, transit time.
89FB 1201 F - Ship. wt. 530 lbs. $28 Mo. Cash $560.00

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89FB 1268 R - Ship. wt. 138 lbs.....Cash $124.50

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 02:27 PM

Good looking tractor that you picked up. Looks to have been taken pretty good care of.

The identification plate should be on the top rear of the seat pan just under the rear edge of the seat.

According to Simplicity's records, the only model 19 engines that they used had type numbers of 706035 and 706047.

I just noticed that the mower lift lever on the right side of the tractor is attached at the wrong place on the lift arm. Should be mounted on the inside of the lift arm in the hole closest to the lift shaft. I don't see how it could lift the mower deck where it's attached now.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 04:03 PM

It's always good to know the one you got is the rarer of those made. Sounds like a nice one to do more research on. Congrats.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 04:23 PM

Hi, Greg - I pulled the seat off to look for the serial number - it's gone. I'm going to assume it's the more common 725.

Thanks for pointing out the lift setup - I haven't had a chance to try lifting/lowering the deck.

It's in great shape for a 50 year old tractor.

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Posted March 12, 2012 - 07:14 AM

Motobreeder, I think you have an early Simplicity 700 judging by the straight shifter and short steering column, I have an early 700 wonderboy and it has those. I think I read on simpletractors that those two things were a first year build thing.
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Posted March 12, 2012 - 08:15 AM

The early production Simplicity 725 had short steering column and straight shifter also.
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Posted March 13, 2012 - 10:00 PM

I emailed the fellow I purchased it from. It was a Garden Mark Squire before he repainted it.
Too bad the badges are missing - but they may not have been salvageable.
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Posted March 13, 2012 - 10:09 PM

I had been scratching my head for a while, resurching and following this, now that it has been confermed i can rest.

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Posted March 14, 2012 - 07:57 PM

Very nice and complete Squire there!!

If it's a true model 19, it is an earlier tractor. 1957 was the first year of those. The Model 19d was a 7.25hp engine found in the 725 first made in 1959. Later on, (I'm thinking 1961) Simplicity extended the steering column to aid in removal of the hood.

The deck is a "bolt together" deck. They are very rare. I believe the cut is 36" on those.

That is one rare bear!!

The mower deck is in the lifted position, that's why the arm looks kinda funky on the right side of the machine.
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Posted March 18, 2012 - 12:19 AM

Spent some quality time with the Squire (the wife was away).

Checked the compression - 75lbs. Not sure if that's OK - but it does run OK. Is there an ACR on that small engine?
Put a volt meter on the generator while it was running. The highest I saw was 8v. I think that will need work.
Checked the air filter - it's an oil bath setup. Wasn't expecting that. Looks like it's in good shape.

Thanks to the advice here, I re-attached the deck lift and now the lift mechanism works great.

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Posted March 18, 2012 - 12:26 AM

I would restore it as a M/W Squire if it were mine. They are very rare, and it sounds like you have a very early one. Good Luck !!

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Posted March 18, 2012 - 12:58 AM

I wonder where I can get the emblems for the hood?

The hood was recently painted, but the rest was painted a long time ago. Re-painting it won't reduce it's value.

I might even try replicating the seat. I've found measurements for the cushions - back is 6"x14", seat is 18"x14". Need to figure out the dimensions for the brackets.

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Posted March 18, 2012 - 08:25 AM

Oil bath air cleaners are the norm for thoses year 19's, Briggs did not go to the element type untill the late 60's early 70's with the bigger single cylinder thumpers. i have a question regarding the engine as so to a avoid a confusing project many people run into with the model 14's, 19's and 23's, have you diven the tractor around ? and how does the engine respond to a load ?

Edited by trowel, March 18, 2012 - 08:26 AM.

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