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#1 CasualObserver OFFLINE  

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Posted August 09, 2010 - 04:38 PM

Just picked up my first and only Bantam. Been looking high and low for info on the net... doesn't seem to be much. I see there's a yahoo group for them, but I kind of prefer the forum format to the groups. Don't have the pics off the camera yet, but hope to soon.

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Posted August 09, 2010 - 04:44 PM

Welcome to the Forum, CasualObserver :welcometogttalk:

We would love to see some pictures of your Bantam! :dancingbanana:

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Posted August 10, 2010 - 09:35 AM

Well, hello. Got the pictures off the camera last night. I've figured out that it's a 1955 and the engine is most likely original as it dates to Dec 1954. Hoping to find more Bantam stuff online.... I'm used to Wheel Horses, and there's a huge following and tons of info available for them. The Bantams have a much smaller following and info appears to be pretty scarce. Looking forward to learning more about this little orange guy. Going to need some work. The engine has been pulled, and the tractor put into storage for now.

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Posted August 10, 2010 - 09:35 AM

CasualObserver:welcometogttalk:

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Posted August 10, 2010 - 10:53 AM

Welcome to GT talk.

That is a very neat little tractor. thanks for the pictures.

edit: I want the 50's f-100 that is in the last picture.

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Posted August 10, 2010 - 11:10 AM

I never even noticed that Ford there,myself being a ford guy,I also would like to have that Ford.:D

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Posted August 10, 2010 - 09:33 PM

The Ford looks like a '56!! I like the Gravely square schute snow blower and matching sulky!! Welcome to GTT!!!! Is your Bantam a 5 or 8 horsepower?

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Posted August 11, 2010 - 09:13 AM

The Bantam is a 5 Hp. Model 5000, Briggs 14FB engine.

Pretty sure the F100 is a '53. It's my wife's uncle's future father/son resto project. I know he looked for a long time to find what he wanted and for the right price.

And yep... bunch of Gravely stuff around there... my father-in-law has a large Gravely collection. I'm sure those are just the latest auction goodies.

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Posted August 12, 2010 - 07:02 PM

It was a good year '53...I wish the chicks would say they looked around for a long time to find that model year. Unfortunately, if they were looking for that year they would have to find their bifocals first..and of course they would have forgotten where they left them.....getting old stinks unless you are a Ford F100....

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 06:10 PM

Hi, just wondering, just before the engine was pulled do you know if it was still working. Body wise that will be one sweet machine if you choose to restore it. Ive been after one of those for 30yrs and I just cant seem to land one. nice job,good luck with it!

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 06:21 PM

Hello Jason, have you had any time to work on the Bantam yet?

Matt :thumbs:

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 11:30 AM

Matt, good to see you over here too. Unfortunately, I have not worked on this in over a year. I pulled the engine and brought it back to MN with me. (the tractor is still in storage in IL) I got spark on the engine, so it'll run. Then we put our house on the market, moved and I don't have space in the garage to do much work. Building a garden shed right now at the new house to alleviate my storage needs and get my workshop space back. You know how it goes... just need the time and money (at the same time) to manage to get it all done!

Jason

Edited by CasualObserver, June 05, 2012 - 11:30 AM.





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