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#1 Gtractor ONLINE  

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 03:52 PM

This tractor has me baffled. The drive is the most homemade looking part. The belt off the crankshaft drives a 90 degree gearbox witha 140:1 reduction! That gearbox sits under the sloping dash. Power is then put to a small clutch with a hand lever [has black grip in pic] and on into a standard automotive looking three speed tranny. The shifter comes right out the top of the trans, which isn't unheard of but most auto trannys have shift linkage on the side. This is not the super small Borg Warner tranny used in Crosley cars and Power King tractors, its larger. The power is then chain drive to the rearend much like a Panzer garden tractor except it is geared back UP before the rearend. Apparently the 140:1 gearbox made gearing too low. The back of the trans has the big sprocket and the front of the differential has the small sprocket. Posted Image The rearend is standard looking Dana 20 but made narrow for this application. The brakes are hydraulic and that REALLY screams home built. The hubs are 4 bolt as you can see in the pic and the tires are 7.75X15 that were recapped for this application.
If it is homebrewed someone had a good size metal brake to bend the tinwork, which is too thick to be called sheetmetal. The front axle is solid inch and a half by two inch, overkill to say the least! The steering wheel is Chevy Corvair, but that may have been changed. The hood opened to put gas in but someone cut a very rough hole through the hood for access to the gas cap. Gas tank and starter/generator are missing. There is an assessory drive and implement lift such as for a mower deck, but I didn't get a deck with it. There is a cutout in the grille shell for clearance for the starter / generator that has a curved cut that is way too neat to be anything but factory. Actually, all the body work is very neat and doesn't look amateur in any way. There are no serial tags or numbers anywhere on the tractor.


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Posted December 03, 2010 - 04:35 PM

It almost resembles an earlier Jacobsen,although I don't think it is.

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 05:22 PM

It also resembles the early customs.
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2 things I noticed, the sears has 3 lug nuts, this one has 4? Also LHS motor pulley different, etc.
Who made the EARLY Customs? Is this possibly one of theirs?

Edited by MH81, December 03, 2010 - 06:17 PM.
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Posted December 03, 2010 - 06:08 PM

It also resembles the early customs.
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2 things I noticed, the sears has 3 lug nuts, this one has 4? Also LHS motor pulley different, etc.
Who made the EARLY Customs? Is this possibly one of theirs?



That Tripod is an interesting machine.:D
Sorry Alan ,I couldn't resist.LOL

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 06:18 PM

I definitely don't think it's a tripod! It's got one too many wheels for that! :bigrofl:

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 07:06 PM

That Tripod is an interesting machine.:D
Sorry Alan ,I couldn't resist.LOL


I definitely don't think it's a tripod! It's got one too many wheels for that! :bigrofl:


There, there's your picture. LMAO It was there when I posted it. (see reason for editing in my post above)

After I posted that & got home, I looked again... The lift mechanism & rear hitch/lift remind me a little of Dad's Country Squire (Power King/ Economy) but that's where the resemblance ends... Hmmm.

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 07:17 PM

(see reason for editing in my post above)

:rofl2::rofl2::laughingteeth::laughingteeth:

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 07:40 PM

I saw a pic of this posted on LMC maybe a year or more ago. Seems like someone said it was a Jacobsen on LMC.

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 07:53 PM

I'd be a little bit worried about about mowing my hillside with that there tripod, and I don't know of any dealers around here.

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 07:53 PM

Seems like someone said it was a Jacobsen on LMC.


That is what it looks like to me....

Edited by tweidman, December 03, 2010 - 08:00 PM.


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Posted December 04, 2010 - 10:39 AM

Thanx guys, the color makes it look like a Jake, but I can't find any others that look like this one. My brother has a very early Jake and it is not built nearly this heavy. The hydraulic brakes make me think its a home brew'd setup, but if it is, the fellow that built it had awesome metalworking skills and tools. We'll see if there are any more opinions, or if a positive ID shows up on this thread.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 03:33 AM

Hey G, didn't know you were here too, I don't think it looks factory, if it is factory it has been modified extensively, so I'd say it is probably homemade either all of the way or some, kind of like that crawler of yours, the struck I think it is that had a new body built for it.




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