I would like to nominate my 1964 Jacobsen Chief.My great grandfather bought it new in 64 from Oaklief Saw and Mower service Mansfield,Ohio with 36" deck and snowblower. I dont know alot about when he used other than my Grandpa telling me that Great Grandpa cut alot of grass with it. It was then passed to my Grandpa who mowed with it for a long time untill he got a New Wheel Horse in the late 80's. The Cheif sat in the barn 90 percent of the time excpet when my cousin was in town and grandpa would get it out and would mow with it and the wheel horse. I thought Grandpa was going to kill us the summer when we got caught racing the two tractors in the back field. When he met us at the barn when we was putting the tractors away i do believe we saw our life flas before our eyes and thats the last memory of Grandpa using the tractor.
Today, I now own the tractor. Grandpa gave it to me 2 years ago when i got my house. When i got it home from the 8 Hr ride from Ohio back here North Carolina i unloaded it and immediatly went and bought a battery and fresh gas. All i did was clean the carb, drain the tank and replace the fuel line and she was running in about 1 hour of being home. Now of course the first thing i did was call Grandpa and let him listen to it over the phone I could see him smiling through the phone. I mowed that whole summer with it, even let my nieghbor borrow it he hated the fact that to him my old rusty 40 some year old tractor cut grass better than his new throw away mower, haha. I decided it was time for the ol girl to get cleaned up and the restoration began. It took me about a year of on and off working on it to get it completed. My plan was to restore and retire the Chief but after going for the first drive after she was all done the plow abd duals went on and i started moving dirt, Next summer the Chief will be back on mowing duties.
Edited by NUTNDUN, February 05, 2013 - 08:47 PM.