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#1 fishnwiz OFFLINE  

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:54 PM

 Hi guys,

I have been a member for a long time but have not posted before. I was out picking near Racine Wisconsin when I came across this very inexpensive orange tractor that was badged as a Jacobsen but appears to be a FORD tractor at one time. Original owner says he has owned since mid 70's and tractor was always orange.  The paint appears to be factory original paint with blue front portion and white fenders under the orange. The ORIGINAL serial number tag is still on the tractor and is BLANK. The engine is a 1976 Briggs 8 horse briggs that appears to be original to the tractor or one heck of a repaint job!. The grill appears to be aluminum as does the deck. I am at a loss as what to think as there are no known serial numbers that I can find on the tractor and the deck is marked 34" Chief. Was this tractor built "One piece at a time by Johnny Cash? ;}

 Any input and ideas into whats up with this tractor will be a big help to me.

 

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 09:38 PM

Ford/Jacobson is roughly the same thing


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 09:44 PM

Jacobsen made tractors for ford. Jacobsen were orange and they called them "chief".
that looks to be a late sixties tractor to me.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 09:52 PM

Ford was built buy jacobsen. So they were pretty much the same exept for sheet metal diffrences. Thats a beautiful tractor. Very nice shape. I beleive its all original. Thats a keeper. Im jelous. I have an lt 80 ford. There the same tractor. Just the color is diffrent.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Thanks for the quick answers. I am at kind of a loss on this tractor. I know little to nothing about what is correct and what is incorrect. Not sure the decals are correct or what the deal is with the blank serial number tag. Anyone have an ideas on this tag issue?

Thanks again guys!

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Posted March 10, 2013 - 05:59 AM

The headlight surround may be aluminum but the deck and the grill appear to me to be steel.



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 06:03 AM

This was probably painted Orange before the PO got it. I would say it started life as a Ford. Back when it was redone, they got a blank tag for replacement and never put any #'s on it.

One thing I am seeing is this is a vertical shaft engine. Most all manuals show a horizontal shaft engine. That has me wondering what this is.


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 07:01 AM

It looks close to the LT75 Ford that I have. The hood is different but the grill is the same.


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 07:10 AM

This was probably painted Orange before the PO got it. I would say it started life as a Ford. Back when it was redone, they got a blank tag for replacement and never put any #'s on it.

One thing I am seeing is this is a vertical shaft engine. Most all manuals show a horizontal shaft engine. That has me wondering what this is.

I was thinking the same thing. Did they even use vertical shafts on those Jacobsen/Fords?



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 07:13 AM

I was thinking the same thing. Did they even use vertical shafts on those Jacobsen/Fords?

The manuals I have seen are more for GT's and not LT's, so I can't say. The Lt's may have been vertical, it would be nice to find a manual for one.



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 07:16 AM

The manuals I have seen are more for GT's and not LT's, so I can't say. The Lt's may have been vertical, it would be nice to find a manual for one.

You're right. I forgot that in later years the LT's did use them.



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 07:29 AM

fishinwiz, welcome. I saw this mower on craigslist myself and it was certently a good deal. I am glad someone was able to give it a good home.



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 09:08 AM

I've got the manuals for my Ford LT75 and will post it when I get my scanner figured out. It should be a real nice LT. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Thanks for filling in the blanks to some of my questions.

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Posted March 12, 2013 - 10:54 PM

I have a 73 Ford  LT75, and it loofs very similar. everything matches up except the grill.

 

My serial plate is hand etched, your's probably was too.Mine is very hard to read without a magnifying glass.






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