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#1 98Murray OFFLINE  

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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:02 PM

I thought you guys would enjoy seein some pics of my most prized possesion. No I didnt make it and no it does not run yet. I plan on fixng it in April or May. I purchased this tractor for only $50

Tractor's history
This tractor was made in the mid 1990's by a man who lived in north Texas. He was a very good welder and made many alluminum boats. When his old riding mower broke down he decided to buy a new one that he could use for mowing his lawn, working in his garden, and moving trailers. He looked at John Deere, Kubota, Cub Cadet, and even Sears but he could not find a garden tractor that met his requirments so he decided to make one. He got to work and started buying materials. He started making it in December 1993 an finished it in July 1994. He used the tractor almost daily for mowing, working in the garden, and moving trailers. He used the tractor up until he passed away in 2003. When he passed his property and equipment was auctioned off. The auctoneer was a good freind of the creator of the tractor and when it came up in the auction he bought it. He used the tractor for a couple years and then it was parked in the barn out back. The tractor sat in the exact same same spot until October 2012 when I purchased the tractor and brought it home. I have not done much to the tractor but I plan on fixing it and using it for mowing and gardening. The creator made afew attachments for the tractor including a modified Brinly 12 inch plow ad a homemade disc cultivator. These attachments have been lost over the years.

Tractor's spec
Waukesha 23 horsepower 4 cylinder gas engine
Borg Warner T83 3 speed transmission with 2 shifters (3 forward speeds one reverse)
Narowed Chysler rear axle from the 1950's
Has 12 volt electrical system
5 gallon gas tank
Waukesha radiator
Water temp guage
Oil pressure guage
Amp guage
Hydraulic brakes
5.70/5.00 front tire size
9.5-16 rear tire size
38 inch mower deck from 1970's Sears/Roper GT
Has electric start with genorator
Tractor is about 80 inches long, 46 inches wide, and about 4 feet tall at the top of the steering wheel (highest point) measurements taken with mower deck attached

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#2 jd.rasentrac ONLINE  

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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:08 PM

looks great, reminds me on a Jeep

 

btw: I often read "guage" here, not only in this topic. Does it mean the same as "gauge"?


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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:10 PM

Nice machine thanks for sharing



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:18 PM

I like it. Great score and have fun with it. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:19 PM

That machine is just outright cool!  Extremely heavy duty built & will outlast all of us!  We'll gladly accept more pics, especially close-up pics of components.  :thumbs:



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:23 PM

looks great, reminds me on a Jeep

 

btw: I often read "guage" here, not only in this topic. Does it mean the same as "gauge"?

 

Yes, just a typo/misspell.  He meant gauge. 

  BTW....welcome to GTTalk 98Murray!  :wave:


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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:35 PM

Welcome 98Murray!   :wave:

That tractor just oozes cool!   Thanks for the pictures.  :thumbs:


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Posted January 04, 2013 - 02:51 PM

More Pics. Most photos were taken with a old cheap camera so there not very good.

 

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Posted January 04, 2013 - 03:06 PM

that isa really cool home built cant wait to see it finished and running/mowing



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 03:09 PM

Very cool. My father in law built a garden tractor for my wife when she was about 10. Thats 50 years ago. He used a small 4 cylinder waukesha engine too. It's made of old Crosely parts and stuff from oil drilling rigs(where he worked). He didn't put much of a body on it. It is still sitting in a barn in Louisiana. Hpefully I get to dig it out in a month or two.

 

You have a real a real beauty there. Good Luck with it.



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 03:13 PM

Any luck tracking down a magneto for it yet?



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 03:32 PM

I have looked and found a few, This tractor is on hold right now because I am getting a Dynamark project. This tractor will be fixed in May

 

Any luck tracking down a magneto for it yet?



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 03:54 PM

That is very neat. The creator put a lot of work into that.

Reminds me of an older airplane tug.



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 04:06 PM

That is very neat. The creator put a lot of work into that.

Reminds me of an older airplane tug.

You took the words right out of my mouth. Thats what it looks like to me. That is one of the coolest homebuilt GT's I've ever seen! :thumbs:

 

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Posted January 04, 2013 - 04:24 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth. Thats what it looks like to me. That is one of the coolest homebuilt GT's I've ever seen! :thumbs:

      Very NICE it could sit in my front yard






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