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#1 andy andy OFFLINE  

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 09:35 AM

hello
well here we a two wheeled tractor with no tags or engine what i do know is it was orange or moline yellow paint is faded 5x12 tires and flat belt drive pulley and the engine slides forward to thighten the belt the rest you can see in the pics any information on what it is would help.
thanks andy in crumstown
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Posted September 01, 2012 - 09:42 AM

That is a different looking "handle bar".

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 10:36 AM

I'm guessing Speedex or Pond. Not sure about the flat belt drive though.

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 12:56 PM

What about Fairbanks-Morse ???

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 05:44 PM

Doesn't quite look like a pond. Jake

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Posted September 01, 2012 - 08:27 PM

The walkbehind is a Vantrac made bye the Vanselow tractor company in Medina Ohio. They made 2 different versions of the walkbehind being the only difference was the wheels cast and spoked wheels.I have both walkers and a rider made bye them
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Posted September 01, 2012 - 09:36 PM

hello
thanks tractornut46 is there a model letter or number what years was it made and what engine goes on it?
thanks andy in crumstown

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Posted September 02, 2012 - 12:42 PM

Andy The walker should have a Briggs Model N on it. As for production years knowledge is very limited. My two engines date 1945 and 1946. In all my years beaten around in Ohio i can count around 6 walkers ive seen and only 4 of there riders.
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Posted September 03, 2012 - 12:23 PM

tractornut46
first of all thank you very much for the information.when i bought this tractor it was for the tires that are on it.and scap the rest of it that was the thought at the time. but after what you have said about it that thought has been scraped. i do have a b&s model N engine to put on it out in the barn. just a few last things i need to know.if you could take a couple of pictures of the pulley on the engine and give me some dimensions of it that would be greatly appreciated.and what color should it be.
thanks again andy in crumstown

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 06:24 PM

Well i am glad to hear you won't scrap it now.Good choice and good luck !

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 10:27 PM

I just brought home the same Vantrac thinking / hoping it was a Speedex tractor. Curious that Bready of Solon, OH, and Vantrac by Vanselow of Medina, OH and Speedex of Ravenna, OH all produced a sliding engine tractor. The three towns are practically "spitting distance" apart.

Going to have to rename my jpg. picture files from Speedex to Vantrac.

What is the design purpose of the dogs on the Vantrac wheel hubs? First thing I notice is once the tractor is set in motion there is a ton of flywheel torque / force pulling the tractor forward. Like you could climb a wall with just a one HP engine to set it in motion.

Over on the Speedex web site I see the same spoked flat pulley from the Vantrac drive train used as a trailing wheel on the Speedex two wheel cultivator. Who was casting the wheel for two different manufacturers?

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Posted November 18, 2012 - 06:21 AM

I would say the ratchets on the wheels work they do on a DB, makes it easier to turn.

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Posted November 18, 2012 - 10:04 AM

What is the design purpose of the dogs on the Vantrac wheel hubs?
Are the axles solid? If so, those dogs must be the poor man's version of a differential, making it easier to turn at the end of a pass.
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Posted November 18, 2012 - 10:05 AM

What is the design purpose of the dogs on the Vantrac wheel hubs?
Are the axles solid? If so, those dogs must be the poor man's version of a differential, making it easier to turn at the end of a pass.


Yep that's how they work of a DB.




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