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#1 Short_Circuit OFFLINE  

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 08:54 PM

I wanted to tell a story about a little simplicity tractor that was owned by my father and I was told use to ride on it. Anyway, I found this in a barn on my grandmother's farm and immediately saw the potential to do something with it. I hated to see it in this shape!! My son who is 6 years old saw it and laid claim to it. It was just his size. These pics are from when I first found it on its side in a run down barn. I found it on 6/15/2013. I had to leave but knew I had to have it. 

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:00 PM

7/14/2013. I had spent about 2 hours getting briar bushes and a small tree to get to it but I dragged it out and this is what is looked like. Here is my son with "his" "new" tractor...I then waited and brought it home with the wife's minivan! 

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:03 PM

After a slight cleaning I found some tire/wheel combo for the front and was able to order some rear tires from Northern Tool. I had found the rear wheels but they were in terrible shape. Very rusty. I started sandblasting and welding up the broken hood on the front. Here are a couple of with the new front tires and partially blasted and primed hood. 

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:09 PM

7/24/2013. Now for some more serious cleaning...The rear tires are just rollers..

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:16 PM

Looking forward to the rest of the story.   :thumbs:  Nice work so far.  Rick


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:17 PM

7/26/2013...After talking to my mom she thought that the original engine was still in their garage so I went over tonight and found what I believe is the original engine! It has compression and a spark!! I need to run the numbers on the tag to see what I have found...

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:23 PM

You'll have something to be proud of when that bird drags itself around.  :thumbs:

 

That's a great find on the engine. Usually once a tractor and engine is separated, they never meet again.   

 

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 11:03 PM

Sweet

You're boy is going to love it.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Great project your doing for your son. Looking good so far and good luck with the engine

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Thanks for saving another one!                         Job Well Done.png


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 11:42 PM

Man, finding the original engine is a plus. I wonder why they took it out? Wheels went bad and they saved the engine for another project? Who knows, but :thumbs: so far!
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Posted July 27, 2013 - 06:02 AM

Great story and it looks like you are well on your way to passing on your love of GT's to your son! 


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 06:14 AM

That's cleaning up real good. Glad you found the engine for it!


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 06:14 AM

Cool story. Looking forward to seeing it done, and the big smile on your

son's face.

Nice save. :thumbs:


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 06:28 AM

Great father and son project! Looking good!   36_1_11.gif

 

The engine that you have found is a replacement engine. It's four to five years newer than the tractor. The original engine would have been painted black, with model number 130902 and type number 0173-01 for the rewind starter model. The electric start engines were model number 130905 and type number 0252-01.


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