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#1 steve b OFFLINE  

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 11:48 AM

Hi folks,
I hope the walk behind forum takes off. I have always liked these old machines.
I picked up a Wards Plow Trac model abn last weekend for 80.00. It came with a mouldboard plow. The machine is complete and in good shape except for some pretty rusty rims.

The guy I purchased it from said it had not run in 30 years. Sunday I removed the gas tank and cleaned and flushed it out. I cleaned the carb and oilbath air filter and fuel line. I also cleaned the spark plug. To my supprise the unit actually had good spark. I reassembled everything and added some fresh gas. Well this tractor started on the third pull. She ran like a top for over an hour. I got a bit of smoke after about 5 min, but that went away shortly as the rings freed up. That 4 hp Wisconsin engine has the smoothist idle I have ever seen.

This weekend I hope to rebuild the carb, replace the throttle cable and fit a muffler.
I will try to post a picture on Monday,

This is my first antique engine I think I may be hooked.
Steve

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 11:52 AM

Welcome, Steve

Sounds like you purchased a great machine!
I cant wait to see some pictures :)
Enjoy the Forums and if you have any questions feel free to ask. There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable guys here.

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 11:56 AM

:welcome: steve b ,glad to have you with us.

Any questions you might have ,feel free to ask,someone will have an answer.

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 11:57 AM

:welcome: Welcome to the site and yes the gang will be wanting pictures. My Dad had a

David Bradley walk behind when I was a kid. He used it mainly with the sickle bar mower

on a field behind our house. I was impressed at the Little Guys Show with the plowing

done by the one fellow with his walk behind.

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 03:36 PM

WELCOME STEVE. Just can't beat those old wisconsins, and of course we want to see pictures


REGARDS GEORGE

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 06:51 PM

:welcometogttalk: and welcome to the addiction!
Your Wards was made by either Simplicity or the Midland Company. If you can get a pic or 2 we'll know for sure. Either way, they are nice little machines... I've got a few Simplicity 2 wheelers :beerchug:

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 07:13 PM

Welcome to GTTALK. The walk-behind forum is relatively new, but beginning to pick up speed. The more people who have one, the more activity, so thank you.

Oh, and by the way,:wewantpics:

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 07:47 PM

:wave: Welcome to GTT Steve! We're happy to have you on board! I'm surprised that MH81 didn't mention that he has a Wards two wheeler also. ( But I guess the cat's out of the bag now LOL)

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 08:05 PM

:wave: Welcome to GTT Steve! We're happy to have you on board! I'm surprised that MH81 didn't mention that he has a Wards two wheeler also. ( But I guess the cat's out of the bag now LOL)


SHHH, It's a secret...
Actually, it's not in the registry yet, as I haven't gotten to it to grab a S/N or figure year.
BTW, there is a manual (thanks, Caseguy) for a 1945 model in the Manuals.

Edited by MH81, November 17, 2010 - 07:57 AM.


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Posted November 16, 2010 - 08:20 PM

Welcome to the forum Steve! Grab a chair and visit for a while. I think you will like it here. Congrats on getting your new Wards running in such a short time. Oh and by the way once you are hooked there is no cure, treatment consists of more tractors!

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Posted November 16, 2010 - 08:28 PM

Welcome aboard. just remember what Mike said

"there is no cure, treatment consists of more tractors!"

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Posted November 17, 2010 - 06:36 AM

Welcome Steve, glad you found your tractor and GTtalk!! You can't beat the old Wisconsins. They take a LOT of use/abuse and keep on ticking!! Yes we want pictures!!!
Peter

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Posted November 17, 2010 - 09:06 AM

Thanks guys,
I will take some picts this weekend.
It actually came with several manuals. I have Operating manual, Engine manual, Plow and Tiller manuals. I will scan them and add them here sometime.
I will also register the tractor sometime. I have not seen the serial # yet, but I am fairly sure it is a 1951 model. The Wisconsin Engine has a Fairbanks Morse mag and a Marvel carb.

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Posted November 18, 2010 - 07:50 AM

The serial and model should be on a tag on the gear case. Be careful cleaning it because its just painted on and the paint comes off real easy leaving you with a plain blank aluminum tag. I'm thinking the Wisconsin powered Plow-Tracs were built by Waterbury. There will be prefix letters that will tell you the manufacturer of the machine. The prefixes are MID for Midland, SIM for Simplicity or WMC for Waterbury Machine co. There was also GIL for Gilson but they were only riders.
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Posted November 18, 2010 - 07:43 PM

:welcome:




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