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#1 jpackard56 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 04, 2013 - 12:40 AM

 I just pulled in and too keyed up to go to bed. Morning chores are gonna be rough though...Met a really great guy today (make that yesterday) Ben from Old Paths Equip. (site sponsor) in  the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He has been holding the Jr Chief for me. This is special to me because grandpa Bill worked at Great Lakes Tractor in Rock Creek, Ohio after WWII. Did he work on this particular one? Anybodies guess, but he was there in that time frame, it is just neat to think about handling a piece of equipment from that generation. Pictures after morning chores and at least a pot of coffee !!


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 05:50 AM

That  is going to be a special tractor :thumbs:   Can't wait to see what it looks like


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:30 AM

well its morning now. glad to hear ya got a cool piece to add to a collection


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:38 AM

I am sure this tractor will have a special spot in your collection. Good luck with it and be sure to shair pictures.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 07:01 AM

Glad to hear you made it back safe, Jim.  It was a pleasure getting to meet you.  I'm looking forward to hearing about the Junior Chief.

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 08:27 AM

That was a nice story, thanks for posting it, and hope you enjoy your new addition.

 

 

 

Dick


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 09:15 AM

I can't wait to see this one.  


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 09:19 AM

Jim, If it was built when your Dad was there then he was involved with it, That's Very Cool. Can't wait to see it.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 09:46 AM

Awesome story! That would be one to NEVER (or the generations after you) get rid of now that you have it in your hands.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Glad to see you got that.  It's nice to see someone buy something for a reason, not just because it's a cool old tractor.  I remember seeing it advertised and thought it was quite interesting.

There are some pics in this post:

http://gardentractor...ior-chief-sold/


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 10:30 PM

What a looong day, dozed off several times bottle feeding this morning, but finally got some time to unload the Jr Chief and take some photos. Robert_43 already referenced the original ad so I'll try not to duplicate.

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First touch to Ohio in a long time (this ditch makes unloading nice when there are no helpers home)

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This is the tool shank bar

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This is the only other shank and clamp Ben had,  the clamp had a broken off bolt in it

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Some time at the drill press

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Bit more time with the tap, second clamp ready to go.

Probably will need to fabricate the other 3 missing shanks and clamps, way beefier than the Brinly shanks and different. clamping structure too.

And yes the shop is an absolute mess, no heat so all winter it is wanting for hands that are not numb to clean up, you see how well that works...

Found a just barely legible marking on the tool bar: can make out CHIEF and Great Lakes Tractor Co

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Posted April 05, 2013 - 05:45 AM

Cool little machine! Should do well in a garden!


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Posted April 05, 2013 - 06:32 AM

Awesome find and cool addition to the collection. Got yourself a piece of history there... Family history too.
What are the dims on the cultivator shanks and such, maybe someone has an idea.
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Posted April 05, 2013 - 07:20 AM

What a looong day, dozed off several times bottle feeding this morning, but finally got some time to unload the Jr Chief and take some photos.

 

Found a just barely legible marking on the tool bar: can make out CHIEF and Great Lakes Tractor Co

 

Jim, you found something I missed, then! Thanks for posting pictures.  I bet the Junior was glad to be home. 

 

I hope you got some good well-deserved rest last night!

 

Ben W.



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Posted April 05, 2013 - 08:24 AM

very cool glad ya got it home


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