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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 03:24 PM

These tractors that I have restored are retired and I only use them to take to tractor shows.
Because of that, I only keep one implement that is mounted on each tractor so I'm not having to handle a bunch of implements at each show.

When I got the 1948 Ridemaster out of Illinois, it came with a plow, a set of cultivator disc and a box with these spring cultivators in it.

I sold the plow to Jerome Wilber for one of his Ridemasters.
There was a guy that wanted to buy the set of disc for $100 but he never came and picked them up.
In the box of spring cultivators there were two smaller spring cultivators on brackets and a pair of Ridemaster tool bar implement clamps.

I went ahead and cleaned these parts up and primed them while I was working on the spring cultivators.
I had planed on putting the two smaller cultivators and the Ridemaster tool bar clamps up for sale on ebay.

Here are the smaller spring cultivators and the tool bar clamps.
They have threaded holes in the bracket arms with bolts so they obviously mounted to something.

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These smaller spring cultivators are mounted on the brackets with formed cast iron brackets and "J" bolts.

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While I was working on making the new tool bar and fitting the cultivators to it, I keep thinking about the other two smaller cultivators and wondering why they were in the box with the other Ridemaster parts ?
A few days ago I realized that I had seen something like these smaller cultivators before.

So I looked thru my Ridemaster manuals and this is what I came across.
This manual is for a set of "rear wheel track cultivators".
They are a small spring type cultivator that mounts on the rear axle and extends out behind the rear wheels to dig the ground up after the wheel has passed over it.

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Here is the parts list for these cultivators.
It looks like I have everything except for the lift arm #4 and the connecting link #8.

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To see if I was right about these, I took one over to the tractor to see I it would mount up.
And that is exactly what it did.

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Now these are obviously not Bolens factory made wheel tract cultivators but they are very similar in design.
As with the spring cultivators mounted on the tool bar, I have no way of knowing if they are a aftermarket accessory or something that some farmer built for his own needs.


At any rate, I'm not going to put them up for sale on ebay !!
I bought a piece of steel bar to make the lift arms for these.
The ends are cut to a 1/2 round so they match the ends on the cultivator brackets.
Then a 3/8 bolt hole is threaded in one end for the bolt for the connecting link.

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The lift arms are bent so they line up with the cultivators.

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Then I made up the connecting links.

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The parts are painted to match the other spring cultivators.

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Here is the Ridemaster tractor with all the implements mounted on it.
I still have to put the decals on but that won't get done until the weather warms up.

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With the cultivators set down on the ground.

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Links to other post.

1- http://gardentractor...-47-ridemaster/

-2 http://gardentractor...7-ridemaster-2/

Edited by jdcrawler, February 02, 2013 - 04:20 PM.

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:02 PM

Very awesome set up Ray. I had actually wondered about the rear wheels after the cultivation. I do have one question to ask though. Do you have a pic of where on the rear wheel cultivator you mounted your lift linkages?

 

Excellent restoration Ray, thanks for sharing it with us.


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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:10 PM

That is an awesome restore!! Great work!! :worship:

 

 

 

 

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:13 PM

I was reading you post and I seen you say your putting them on ebay so I looked and looked then I read the rest of your post after I could not find them....  :D

 

I like it Ray is the old girl %100 done now?


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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:16 PM

Very awesome set up Ray. I had actually wondered about the rear wheels after the cultivation. I do have one question to ask though. Do you have a pic of where on the rear wheel cultivator you mounted your lift linkages?

 

Excellent restoration Ray, thanks for sharing it with us.

There was a step bushing bolted to the lower part of the cultivator arm and I made the connecting link so it fastened to that.

 

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:21 PM

I was reading you post and I seen you say your putting them on ebay so I looked and looked then I read the rest of your post after I could not find them....  :D

 

I like it Ray is the old girl %100 done now?

Almost .. just the decals left to do.


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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:26 PM

Great Job Ray ! :dancingbanana:

 

After drooling over all the Ridemasters you and Wilberj have posted about the past few years, I think I'm going to have to get one so I don't feel Left out :D


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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:35 PM

After drooling over all the Ridemasters you and Wilberj have posted about the past few years, I think I'm going to have to get one so I don't feel Left out :D

If you lived closer I could fix you up with one.

I have been thinking of selling my late 48 Ridemaster that is un-restored.


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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:43 PM

Looking great Ray! I am glad you found out about those cultivators; they look fantastic!


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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:54 PM

Ray the wheel tracks dont look to far off from looking like aarons.
 
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Posted February 02, 2013 - 05:03 PM

Ray the wheel tracks dont look to far off from looking like aarons.

Don't tell him that I put these on my tractor .. he would get pissed because they aren't authentic Ridemaster parts.

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 05:13 PM

Ray, I'm glad you researched and found out that you needed them on your RM. They look great on there and now she is complete, minus decals. :thumbs:


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 06:13 AM

Ray thats a nice finishing touch (in more ways than one) to the project.  How hard would you have kicked yourself in the butt if you had sold them then found out what they were for. Nice save :thumbs:


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 06:58 AM

Boy, that looks nice! Glad you figured out what the 2 extra ones were for. Good move for making them part of the 'package'.


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 07:42 AM

Nice finishing touch to another great project.  Thanks for another great restoration story Ray.


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