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Posted April 22, 2012 - 03:48 PM

I will only post my restoration pics and videos on this topic page.

To start out with I bought my 1958 Ride A Matic last October for $112. Many people thought I had lost my marbles when I told them getting it running wouldn't be a problem. The engine turned freely and had great compression. The gas tank had about 1/2" of varnish but I was lucky because the owner who parked it last turned off the gas so the fuel line and carb were dry. It didn't have any spark so I replaced the condensor and it fired right up. I then went ahead and ordered a new magneto and points from marks magneto and she usually starts first pull. I keep in contact with the former owners family since they were very interested in the restoration.

Here is some information about the owner and tractors history from his daughter

"Dad's name is Kenneth M****r. Dad was born in the Bethel area and mostly grew up in the Goshen area. Dad and Mom bought the property in Loveland after he was discharged from World War II. When they bought that property there was a small house and the barn on it. Where you parked your truck when you came to pick up the tractor was where the old house used to be. We had it torn down about 2 years ago as Dad had rented it for many years after he had the house in back of the barn built in the early 60s. They owned about 5 or 6 acres, as the property line goes way back beyond the house and most all of that land was a garden in those days. As Mom and Dad got older, they put out a smaller garden up close to the barn. We didn't have much money but we always ate well because of the good food from the garden and Mom was a wonderful cook. Those were the good old days even though we didn't think so at the time."

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 04:03 PM

Nice Ride A Matic you got there! Thanks for the story and the pictures, that was nice reading! Also Good luck with your restoration. Oh an done more thing, It's funny how people can't see the Diamond in the rough like we can, people do that to be all the time, all they can see is a pile of rusty junk, then they see it after I am done and are so blown away that it is the same machine.
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Posted April 22, 2012 - 04:10 PM

Here are some videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqC464IsfiA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNxjoLuCcdc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNbptSRAVZs


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Posted April 22, 2012 - 04:40 PM



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Posted April 22, 2012 - 04:42 PM

Nice Ride A Matic you got there! Thanks for the story and the pictures, that was nice reading! Also Good luck with your restoration. Oh an done more thing, It's funny how people can't see the Diamond in the rough like we can, people do that to be all the time, all they can see is a pile of rusty junk, then they see it after I am done and are so blown away that it is the same machine.


Thanks!
One mans junk is another mans treasure LOL

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 05:02 PM

Thanks!
One mans junk is another mans treasure LOL

In that case I have allot of junk, I mean Treasures. LOL :laughingteeth:

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 05:07 PM

You are so right though (joking aside) I just love the old stuff, they had style and class back then. Not just some stamped out piece of tin from a robotic production line. These were made with pride, from the hands of real people, back in a day when quality was more important than quantity. Good luck with it and thanks again for the great pics and videos :thumbs:
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Posted April 22, 2012 - 05:16 PM

You're starting out real good with all the pics and videos. Looking forward to the rest of the restoration. :orangecool:

Those old Ride-A-Matics are one of my favorites. Would like to find one for sale around here.
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Posted April 22, 2012 - 07:36 PM

always good to see one of those come alive congrads enjoyed the history too. in Christ :thumbs:
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Posted April 22, 2012 - 07:44 PM

always good to see one of those come alive congrads enjoyed the history too. in Christ :thumbs:


This has been a good little tractor. My 4 year old daughter insist on taking a tractor ride every night. It's tough but I do it anyways lol

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 07:46 PM

You're starting out real good with all the pics and videos. Looking forward to the rest of the restoration. :orangecool:

Those old Ride-A-Matics are one of my favorites. Would like to find one for sale around here.


Thanks, I haven't found another one within reasonable driving distance. I got lucky with this purchase lol

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 07:47 PM

You are so right though (joking aside) I just love the old stuff, they had style and class back then. Not just some stamped out piece of tin from a robotic production line. These were made with pride, from the hands of real people, back in a day when quality was more important than quantity. Good luck with it and thanks again for the great pics and videos :thumbs:


I think a little tractor like this nowadays would sell rather well but with all the safety requirements it would never fly.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 01:09 PM

Well the k160 went kerplunk. Now the full restoration is underway.

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The crank seems to be ok but I'm sure the rod is broke. The piston was at the top and I was able to push it down.

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Posted April 27, 2012 - 09:12 AM

I've started the restoration.
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Posted April 27, 2012 - 03:29 PM

Looks like your off to a great start :thumbs:
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