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#1 grnlark OFFLINE  

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Posted September 14, 2013 - 06:59 AM

This a pic of my D4 lever steer. Needs a motor and a belt but otherwise complete. I have a lead on a motor. More than likely will be hitting eBay soon.

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Posted September 14, 2013 - 08:07 AM

Looks good!



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Posted September 14, 2013 - 12:27 PM

The restoration looks great. They sure are a simple machine! 



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Posted September 15, 2013 - 04:21 PM

Wow! Simple, yet needing three arms to run all the levers!  Imagine trying to steer/brace yourself with big one on right, then operating the "clutch" ones in center to go and right after whipping the attachment in (I'm guessing here ) with that last lever on left?  Hmmm! I've never seen one of these. Must be before those Model A set-up ones??  Speedex always claimed to have first four-wheel mowers made. This might be it?  What engines did they take? Horsepower?  I take it no hood on these early guys either?  Got those yellow wheels, but zat what fronts look like, or something like a weight in them in pix? 



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Posted September 16, 2013 - 06:08 AM

The D4 is the first 4 wheeled model Speedex produced which was shortly after the Ponds split up - Cecil, Elmer and Harold. Cecil and Elmer (father and son) went off to create "Wheel Horse". The left lever is the signature Speedex engine plate slide lever. The center lever when upright is in neutral, left is forward and right is reverse. The right lever is steering. There were no hoods on these. There came as you see it. The front wheels are original two piece and also act as wheel weights. They're cast iron. The engine could have been an early Briggs or Clinton.  



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Posted September 16, 2013 - 06:21 AM

What Model Briggs would you need?



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Posted September 16, 2013 - 01:53 PM

I have a Briggs 5s I'm going to put on it tonight or tomorrow. Then its probably off to eBay.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 09:22 PM

This tractor was first made about 1950 but was called a M8 due to the model 8 Briggs it used. In 1954 they actually changed it to model D4 because then they used a Clinton along with the Briggs. Ill have to check the early model Clinton they used but the later ones were a model 1200. The Briggs was a 8r6. they all had a 6:1 gear reduction on them. Speedex "first 4 wheel tractor" was in 1938 with the Mobel B. in 1941 they introduced the FG that used the Ford Model A motor and trans.




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