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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 05:35 PM

I took some scrap metal to the yard today. I wish I had a camera with me. The owner got wise and he pulls the old stuff aside.

There was an ancient looking two wheeler that had the name Pioneer Manufacturing Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin cast into the flywheel. The combination trans and crankcase was a large cast rectangular box with the single cylinder rising out of the top at the rear end. The rest of the top of the box had a sheet metal lid. The front of the box had a large, heavy flywheel with fins and no guard. I'm not sure how it cooled anything. The cylinder had a head with fins radiating out fromt the center in a starburst pattern and exposed valve rockers. The two wheels were iron with heavy lugs. Also, it had parts for a cultivater attachment.

Has anyone else seen one of these?

This is a photo of a similar model. The one I saw had steel handle bars instead of wood.http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=7871&c=30

Edited by LilysDad, October 26, 2012 - 05:53 PM.


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Posted October 26, 2012 - 06:18 PM

I haven't seen one.... but you got me curious now

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 07:32 PM

It was a Red-E tractor. I'm sure a google search wil bring up a couple websites. According to their literature they used many parts from a low priced, well known automobile. Model T Ford. Even has the ford script on the rod. They made the same basic model for quite a few years, starting in 23. Was the gas tank round or oval? Sheet metal or cast iron air shroud?

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 07:38 PM

Sheet metal shroud, no gas tank.

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 07:56 PM

I figured it would be a sheetmetal shroud after I posted. The first ones with the cast shroud had MBM in the flywheel. not sure if Pioneer ever had a cast one. Seems there were also sqare vs round axles. Wood or steel handles. Some where I've seen a printed timeline for the changes. There were also variations of the carbs and mags too.

Went back and read the original again and see it had steel handles. That would have been one of the last of that style, probably late 30s/early 40s. not sure what your talking about the lid on the tool box. the gas tank should have set there. How much did he want for it?

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 05:22 AM

sounds very interesting. Hopefully next time you can take pics......I always like to see the "odd" or "unheard-of" tractors. Thanks for tellin us about it...

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Posted November 07, 2012 - 12:50 PM

I see the latest Lawn and Garden Collector mag has an article on the Red-E tractor. Its a round tank, wood handle bar model.
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Posted November 11, 2012 - 09:50 PM

I have a 1942 Pioneer Red E with Wood handles and reverse. I would be interested in it if you aren't even if it were just for parts. I also have a set of steel wheels but one is bent up pretty badly.
42 Pioneer  Red E crop.jpg

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Posted November 12, 2012 - 08:29 AM

Sure, go ahead! It was at R. Zimmerman's Scrap Yard in DeKalb.

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Posted November 12, 2012 - 06:45 PM

my one uncle has a Pioneer on steel that him and my grandfather restored a few years ago. I don't have pictures of it and I don't get to see that uncle very often but it is an interesting machine.

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Posted November 15, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Called them and they don't want to sell it. He says he just pulls the old stuff out for people to look at. He said he just can't see scrapping out the old stuff like this. Oh well, I tried. Thanks

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Posted November 15, 2012 - 10:07 PM

Yeah, he has a different story every day. He's kind of perverse! If you saw all the old stuff he has piled up you'd be amazed.




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