I got the chance to spend time with an old Bush Hog dealer today. He shared some neat information on these bush hogs and their history.
1- The Javalina and Jabalina story- they were originally called Javalina, but one of the car manufacturers had a current model named the same and they contacted bush hog and told them to cease using the name or they would be taken to court. The decision was made to change the name to Jabalina to prevent any more issues regarding the name.
2- The end of Bush hog was mostly due to OSHA regualations that they were wanting the company to do. Not only with the models and safety switches, but also the revamping of the old factory to make the work environment safer.....from what I understand, most of these were made in a large fairly open factory, welders, painting etc all going on in the same large room, OSHA wanted this to change as well.....the owner at the time was in his 80's and decided he did not want to go that route and decided to shut down the plant.
3- most of these parts were made in house and were hand made......I had commented on the welding on some of the parts I owned and had seen, that the welds were not very "pretty" or clean......he said they were welded with stick welders back then.....
Most of the steel used in the transmissions were probably not hardened, they had a machine shop with in the building that made many of the parts needed. He said they were excellent GT's for mowing but the clutches (pto) were the weak link (along with some of the transmission parts)
I had a great day and was able to pick up a few pieces.....most of the older stuff was hauled off in early 2000.....he said they sold for scrap most of it at that time......he said the had a forklift that attached to the back that was in the parts that were scrapped.....
All in all, a great time discussing these old gt's!