Identifying A Tractor With No Tags!
Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:02 PM
My name is Ben and I live in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. I am an antique equipment enthusiast. I have completed two Farmall restorations: a 1948 Super A and a 1945 A with the pneumatic Lift-All. I also own a Gravely 5260 walkbehind. I have a few other projects, including a Gravely L which I am restoring for the owner, currently out for boring.
My current project is a walk behind tractor. It is hooked to a Bolens middle buster/plow, and according to the owner is about 40+ years old. However, the engine has probably been replaced since it is a newer B&S Magnetron 8hp.
I am trying to identify this machine. It has no castings or serial numbers to help me out.
Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:15 PM
Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:17 PM
the best site for info on simpllicity built tractors is a site caled Simple tractors you can find by doiing a google search.
They have a lot of specs and sales sheets on products built by simplicity.
Edited by JD DANNELS, August 28, 2012 - 08:18 PM.
Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:33 PM
Both makes were also sold by Montgomery Ward so they may have done the plating.
- caseguy said thank you
Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:49 PM
It was made by Midland and sold by Montgomery Wards
Edited by Gtractor, August 28, 2012 - 08:51 PM.
Posted August 28, 2012 - 09:23 PM
Posted August 28, 2012 - 09:35 PM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 04:30 AM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 05:09 AM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 08:12 AM
Is this what we are referring to as the MW Midland? http://www.tractorsh...otos/a22646.jpg
I personally believe from what you have said that I have a Simplicity V related machine. This link is almost identical with the tractor: http://simpletractor...ers/model_v.htm
The only difference is the handle. Someone mentioned that the handle is a Midland deal. Did MW have a combination Simplicity V and the Midland that would resemble my tractor?
What's still throwing me off is the engine. From the picture at the link above, my engine is the same all excepting that it has a recoil starter, not the rope start. The date on the shroud (part of the recoil starter) says it is a Magnetron 8hp B&S engine. Looking up the number, 190401 2695 01, on B&S, it gives a more modern parts book for a Magnetron. From looks, the Magnetron is the same as the 5 hp engine #14 on the V. Could I have the old 5 hp engine with a Magnetron shroud and recoil start?
Posted August 29, 2012 - 09:29 AM
- superaben said thank you
Posted August 29, 2012 - 07:29 PM
They should have left the old engine on the tractor. I'm sure it would still run (or at least be repairable) versus the current engine. Once these newer small engines go down, they don't come up again without a lot of money and work!
Posted August 29, 2012 - 08:08 PM
Posted August 31, 2012 - 08:51 PM
Posted September 01, 2012 - 10:34 PM