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#1 54Eshelman OFFLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 08:17 AM

Hello I am new to the Forum and wanted to share a current restoration that I am doing with some friends of mine.  The tractor is a 1954 Eshelman Garden Tractor that my friends grandfather customized with spare parts that he found/made. We are not sure if he purchased it new and had an accident with it or bought it second hand and rebuilt it,  although my friends found the original sales tag, and Eshelman sales brochure in some paper work at their grandfathers.   The transmission is a 3 speed from a 1940's Chevy truck and a rear end from possibly the same vehicle. It is powered by a 1954 Briggs and Stratton model 23 engine.  The tractor has been completely disassembled, and is in the process of being painted.  The engine is getting a valve job but does run. As you can see in the images it spent a few years outside and a few critters had made their home in the engine flywheel cover.  More to follow.

 

 

 

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:06 AM

Welcome to GTT. That is a cool project. Relax and look around the site. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:34 AM

Welcome to the forum! That tractor has definitly been highly modified. About the only things I see Eshelman are the wheels and steering column. The clutch pulley that has the belts and chain is an Eshelman part too. It would have originally been on the input of the final drive gearcase. The curved seat brace was original but it went into a casting on the gearcase. Eshelman used the model 23 Briggs but it was mounted with the crank ruinning side to side. Can't see enough of the spindles to tell what they are. Here are some pics of an Eshelman.

 

 

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:45 AM

Welcome.  Thanks for sharing your project and providing great photographs.  Glad you joined.



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:56 AM

welcome to GTT. This tractors seems to be a very interesting object (never heard before this name).



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 10:14 AM

Thanks for the responses, I forgot to add the images of what we started with.  Let me tell you that tractor is solid, it took four of us to get it into the truck, they dont make them like they use to.

 

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Nice rescue of a solid looking GT. Please keep posting pics of your progress. There is so much iron in that tractor that a few years outside doesn't look like it hurt it too much.



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Wow! That's been modified alright. You might call it a Escherolet! Thanks to DougT for explaining what it was supposed to be.

Do you think you might dress up those torch cuts?



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 02:23 PM

Nice find!



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 04:58 PM

That looks like it is more custom then Eshelman! Never the less, it is still a cool find and I look forward to seeing the finished product!



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 08:07 PM

:welcometogttalk:



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 08:23 PM

:welcometogttalk: Can't wait to see the finished project.



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Posted August 03, 2013 - 01:26 PM

Here are a few images of the original engine sales tag, and the sales brochure for the tractor, and a few images of the fresh paint from today.  We should be ready to start re assembling it this week thank god I took pictures of it when it was being disassembled.  We decided to keep it as original as possible, the rough cut torch marks give it a little character, but it will have dual wheels when it is finished, we were able to fine a matching set or original Eshelman rims on an online auction.  More to follow.

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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:39 PM

Here are a few more from today, its getting closer.

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 07:08 AM

Great piece of old Iron and I love the fact it has been repurposed once before. Does anyone in the family know what happened to it originally that caused the rebuild?

Thanks for the pictures.





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