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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 10:28 AM

Hello, All. My father just picked this up and was wondering if it's homemade, or some brand name of which he's unaware. I can't find any manufacturer that made something like this (which doesn't mean a whole lot and which is why I'm posting it here). Does anyone here recognize it? I'm guessing homemade, but I may very well be wrong. He said that it's very well made and that if it was homemade, they did a very neat, very professional job on it. It uses a Ford model A rear end (and wheels? - they're 17"), and an old Chev 3-speed transmission. Before he starts working on it, he wanted to find out for sure if it was homemade, or manufactured by a company. He said that it definitely wasn't just crudely cobbled together and that whoever did it did a really nice job with it. Again, I'm thinking homemade, but any input would be greatly appreciated. It looks to be fairly small, perhaps the size of the 3-wheel Panzer. I love mysteries like this!

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 11:04 AM

I want to say home brew, but then things like that rear hitch section looks awfully well done for home built. Like you said....cleanly built.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 11:11 AM

I know I know, it's a Ray's first home built tractor. :smilewink:
I've not seen anything like it before but like you said, if it is home built the person was a very good iron worker.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 12:17 PM

I vote home brew and I like it.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 12:19 PM

I wonder if it ever had sheet metal....

Great looking machine, and homemade or not, it will be a cool project.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 12:27 PM

That's a real stumper there ,Iv'e never seen one like it So maybe ya got one of a kind there.What kind of engine are you going to put on it.If you guy's get board of it and want to sell it PM me i'm not to far from you.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 12:42 PM

I have a feeling it's a old plan from "Popular Mechanics" build a home tractor" ,

P.S. where ever it came from it's cool :thumbs:

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 12:56 PM

I have a feeling it's a old plan from "Popular Mechanics" build a home tractor" ,

I have no idea but that makes sense , Al

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 01:11 PM

I was thinking Popular Mechanics as well, but I just couldn't find anything on it. I can see some similarities with some things that I found, but nothing terribly close. I can see some parts that are like other tractors as well, but nothing even close to finding a match. It's vexing. I'm guessing that someone may have just drawn inspiration from all of these places and built their own. I'm also guessing that they had a shop make it for them, or else they worked in a machine shop or something. Whoever made it obviously had some skills. Regardless, it is a cool machine, I must say. My father just stumbled upon this at his cousin's place and asked him if he wanted to sell. He got a heck of a deal on it. My father doesn't even collect garden tractors - I do!!! I'll have to get over to his place soon to check it out in person. Maybe I can arm wrestle him for it ....

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 01:32 PM

My guess is that if it is a popular mechanics plan, it was built out of parts already available on the back forty. If you saw plans that called for a Crosley rear end transmission and had an old Chevy out back, what would you use for parts.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 04:48 PM

Here is one similar to this one for sale on C/L

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 09:00 AM

Love the wire wheels on the first one.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 09:46 AM

I've seen three wheeled lawn tractors that were made in the 40s and 50s, they were all at tractor shows and I didn't see what they looked like under the body. But I guess all I can say is there were tractors built like that but cant say if that i one of them or a homemade either way it a really neat little tractor and I would have grabbed too, good find.I have a hard time passing up odd things.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 11:24 AM

Maybe a little bit of both. That two lever gear shift is certainly home grown.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 11:47 AM

I don't know why but I feel like it's an old small forklift frame turned around backwards with some automotive parts added to it. The rounded part that is now the front looks alot like the back of some old small forklifts I have seen. I'm probably totally wrong though.LOL.




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