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#1 mackg73 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Here are a few pics of my original 575. I will post the story behind it as soon as I can find where I put it. It is a neat little tractor.

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:18 PM

Welcome to GTtalk, glad you joined us here.

Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to read the story.

I have been looking for a Wagner and or a MagnaTrac. I think they both are very cool little tractors.

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:21 PM

Welcome to GT! Love the Wagner! My first BH came from your town! Glad to have you on board!

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 04:06 AM

Welcome! :wave: Nice looking tractor you have there. Waiting to hear "the rest of the story".

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 04:53 AM

Welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.
That is a nice looking tractor you have there.

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 07:00 AM

Welcome and Ditto, that looks to be a "worker".

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 02:46 PM

Welcome, now don't let us hang to long, because I like stories :thumbs:

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 09:00 PM

:wave: mackg73! Welcome to GTTalk! That's the nicest looking Wagner I've ever seen! I have seen a few the were restored very nicely, but I love the original look. That machine has obviously been very well cared for! Is that an original Wagner cultivator? Oh and if you get the chance, could you get a closer pic of the hitch set up. I don't think that I've ever seen one with a hitch on it. Thanks for signing up and I'll be looking forward to the story!

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Antique trucks are my main item of interest, I appreciate all types
of antique machinery, equipment and vehicles. I grew up in an area
where if you didn't drive trucks you worked somewhere that utilized
trucks for their business. The main industries were strip mines for
coal, logging and very few service industries. That is how I was
specifically drawn to trucks. Hence my login name. Now back to the
tale.
I rec'd a call from a fellow truck club member regarding a 1947
International truck that needed to be moved. Knowing that I have
been known to hook people up with equipment he thought I could help
this brother & sister out of a jamb. Their mother passed away in
April of 2004, the brother & sister drove to PA from Florida to clean out the
house, garage & sell the property. I called the sister, she advised
me that when they arrive they will only be there for 2 weeks. All of
their work must be done so the property can be sold. She told me
that she moved to Florida in the late 60's, her dad & brother used to
work on the truck until her dad died. The brother worked on it off &
on until he moved to Florida. I figured the truck was either a gem
or simply gone! I made arrangements to make the 3 hour drive out on
Saturday, May 8th. I arrived at 7:30am. I waited until 8:00am and
knocked on the door of a well worn, weather beaten old house. The
porches were hanging, clutter was strewn about the yard and a half
collapsed garage was near the lane where you parked. The brother
came out to greet me and we walked across the lane to a white
painted, wood sided house. He proceeded to fill me in on their family
history and property. His mother just passed away, his father died
in 1965. The dad took his 13 week vacation from the steel mill to
build a new house for he and his family. The last day of his
vacation he collapsed and died. The son lived in PA until 1973 when
he also moved to Florida, which meant this truck sat untouched for 31
years. The truck was in the garage below the house that his dad was
building. We walked up to the house, unlocked the service door and
proceeded to lift the garage door. I then got the chance to look
around. The house was still not finished! The exterior was closed
in with siding & windows but the interior was studded walls & bare
floors. The garage floor was dry silty type dirt from being closed up
for years. The truck was pretty much a basket case, I could not find
much use for it. I did however direct a few International
enthusiasts in its direction.
Sitting beside the truck was a Montgomery Wards electric concrete
mixer and a small garden tractor. Behind the truck was a plow &
cultivator for the tractor. I didn't pay much attention to anything
but the truck. I returned home having met some nice people and
lending a neighborly hand. On Sunday afternoon I thought about the
mixer & tractor, I called the sister and inquired as to what they
were going to do with this equipment. I then made an offer and
planned to return Tuesday morning to pick up my purchases.
Their dad bought the mixer to mix the concrete for the house. The
tractor was purchased to work the garden. The mother never had the
new house finished, she lived out her remaining 39 years in the old
house. I took an air tank with me to pump up what I figured to be
dry rotted crumbling tires, I moved the tractor and was suprised to
see very little damage. They still had air in them they were simply
sunken into the silt. The brother and I loaded the mixer and the
Wagner on my trailer, I paid him and started back home. I never
really did look either piece over.
When I got home i opened the hood on the Wagner, all of the controls
were unhooked. Throttle, choke and kill switch were disconnected from
the engine, 2 bolts held the engine to the frame, the pull start
shielding only had bolts at the top, the fuel bowl was missing, no
gas line, extra parts were in a coffee can on the frame in front of
the engine and in an attempt to see if the engine turned over it
appeared to be tight. After some fiddling around I determined that
the pull start was binding on the crank when trying to turn over the
engine. I reinstalled 2 bolts in the bottom of the shield and the
engine turned over. I pulled the flywheel, sanded the points and got
spark. I got a carb rebuild kit, belts, a fuel bowl, new plug and
advise from the local tractor dealer. I went over the engine,
secured it and went to work pulling & pulling. I finally got some
sputters and eventually it took off. I drove it around the yard,
tweaked the carb and hosed it off. That is the condition that you
see it now.
After looking around the web for info I located a string on
Yesterdays Tractors which led me to a Little Giant Group on Yahoo.
There I shared what I had learned and learned what they could offer
about the little orphan tractor. The Little Giant gets taken out every
once in a while to a show or simply to play. It remains in it's original
condition and will as long as I have it.

It appears to be a 1962 model year which means it was only used to
work the garden until the father passed away in 1965.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 01:31 PM

Welcome. That's a great story and Little Giant. I'm glad you joined.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 01:46 PM

Wonderful story! Glad to have you and your tractor join up. Some of the folks might be interested in your trucks too. You can start a thread in the "Off Topic" forum about them if you would like!

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 06:13 PM

I'll have to get into the "Off Topic" thread and share some pics and stuff.
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Posted September 06, 2012 - 07:17 PM

Thanks for the back story mackg! That's a great looking specimen. We'd love to see some pics of the trucks when you get the chance!

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Posted September 08, 2012 - 02:01 PM

Nice find on the wagner.I just wrote an article on the wagner tractor. Shoot me pm with your email address and I will send you the story. welcome to gttalk.Josh




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