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#1 PaPasTractor OFFLINE  

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Posted March 31, 2012 - 11:57 PM

Everyone on here says they like pictures so here ya go. These are of a Hardtail Sulky that I found a couple of years ago and finally got to last fall . There are pictures of, as found, tear down, cleanup, primed and reassembled. I will try to post in order. This will be one of my first paint jobs this year as soon as the weather stabilizes and the humidity drops. If you have any questions please ask. Enjoy

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 04:57 AM

Nice! Hardtail Sulky?, what brand would that be,who made it ?
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 07:52 AM

Its a David Bradley
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 11:42 AM

DB made two types of sulkys for the walk-behind units. One like the photo's is the hard tail, and get its name from the soild tires it used. The other is called the soft tail and has a spring loaded seat and air tires.

Both are fairly hard to find and and getting either one with the tag is sometimes harder. Nice looking job, are we going to paint it red or in the later blue color?
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 02:03 PM

Hi Lauber1, Thanks for the complement. I'm going with red and green. I have seen all red with green wheels and also red framework and green seat and wheels. I asked Maynard awhile back and he told me the original early ones were red with green seat and wheels ???? Whats your opinion? Thanks
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 02:25 PM

Looks very nice. Good job. Thanks for posting the process photographs. I think they are interesting.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 05:35 PM

Awsome !!! I sure would love to find one of those.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:21 PM

The seat was originally green on my hardtail - so thats how I repainted it.

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 07:48 PM

As for the seat i have seen it both ways with the originals, now i don't know for shure but i would figure DB might of changed the seat color lator in the year before switching to blue or it was the other way around and all red with just the wheels green to save money on paint. Best way i would imagine the sulkys could be tracked by using the serial numbers off the tags but only to a certain point seeing as DB re-dipped a lot of the sulkys to blue.
I have heard that there has been one case of a sulky painted compleatly green.
Like Lauber said, they are hard to find, not many were made.

Like i said, im not 100 % shure, just throwing out some idears and what i have heard, mabey someone who knows for shure is willing to correct me.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 07:49 PM

The seat was originally green on my hardtail - so thats how I repainted it.


Now this is a nice tractor, thanks for the picture.

PaPastractor, im very much looking forwards to the painting, it has come out looking good.

Edited by trowel, April 01, 2012 - 07:51 PM.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 08:42 AM

I see you used an electrolytic tank to clean up some of the parts. I used that method to clean up some of the worst parts on my 5751. It was the first time I had done it and couldn't believe how well it worked.
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Posted April 03, 2012 - 08:29 PM

Nice job! I have never seen any original sulkies. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Posted April 03, 2012 - 08:55 PM

I see you used an electrolytic tank to clean up some of the parts. I used that method to clean up some of the worst parts on my 5751. It was the first time I had done it and couldn't believe how well it worked.

Electrolysis is awsome... Have been using it for a couple years now. I use thee 5 gal. pale for smalls and I have a larger tub for bigger parts. I use 6 electrodes and 2 chargers in the big tank.
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Posted April 23, 2012 - 01:57 PM

Hi Ya'll,
Here is our most recent aquisition. It is a replica of the sulky. I like the color scheme.

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 02:38 PM

Hi PaPas Tractor,
Well, we say this sulky is a replica because there was no tag. We could not verify if it was an original or not. So, to stay on the safe side; we are saying it is a replica. We don't want to present it as an original when we don't know for sure.
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