yes I've seen your tractor and read its history at another site. Looks pretty nice. I plan a sulky of sorts also, but im going a different direction, and i'll post more on that as I get farther along with that part. Right now the tractor its self is almost done, just doing a few little items. I decided to rebuild the engine some, as there was some oil up around the valves, so we will rering it. Should have it back together by the end of the weekend and mounted to the tractor.
The sickle part will take probably 20 or more hours as there are a lot parts in it. So far all I've done is free it up and make sure all the parts would move, and it passed that test.
Still haven't figured out for sure what yr it is. The engine that was on it, appeared in all ways to be original and dated to Dec 1952. I've studied the few sale flyers I could find, and have decided it must be an early 53 model. most picture from that yr show a cast center in the wheels, but this tractor uses the newer clutch system. I cant hardly believe that the unit is a 54, as I don't see them leaving an engine sitting around for 2 yrs before installing it. Maybe if it was a David Bradley, but not a wheel horse.
I would be interested in getting a Pond/wheel horse decal. My tractor don't have any metal plate between the handles, so I wondered if they put those on later machines, after the problem with the handles being weak was discovered. There might be room for it on the back side of the tube holding the main shaft. I also thought about installing one on the belt guard of the mower unit, as there is a nice big metal plate there.
The color of the tractor and parts was interesting. The wheels were black, as was the engine, the tractor itself was red, but when I went to clean up the lug bolts they were all gray. I also noticed that the belt guard for the sickle is gray. I saw at least one ad sheet, were the rims of the tractor were gray. Sometimes you have to watch ad sheets, as they are often made of artist concepts of what the product is, as told to them, and isn't what was really produced later on. Be interesting to know how many design changes were made in the walk away tractors.