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#1 DH1 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 17, 2013 - 08:29 PM

Thought I'd start a thread for early GE pictures that I have found searching the web.

If anybody has any more please post them here.

If I'm out of line with any of these, Moderator delete them.

 

These look like Prototypes

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Production line

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Testing

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Parade pictures

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Pulling

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I don't know if it can pull an Airplane. ???

 

 


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Posted December 17, 2013 - 08:48 PM

Neat pics Doug. As for the plane, I'm sure it could. Those GE's can really pull.

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Posted December 17, 2013 - 09:16 PM

Very cool!!  Early pics of anything are neat, but the electric machines are even cooler!  I bet they pull like mad, with immediate full power.



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Posted December 17, 2013 - 10:25 PM

Very cool!!  Early pics of anything are neat, but the electric machines are even cooler!  I bet they pull like mad, with immediate full power.

After the first year of production they decided that 4  ( 2 double sets )  setscrews  PER HUB  were not enough to hold them in place side to side .  Loctite was recommended  in addition to hold the hubs in place .     Getting them off 40 years later is almost impossible.


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Posted December 17, 2013 - 10:49 PM

Neat pics Doug. thanks for sharing.

 

In the 5th picture, back left. A little bit of Tom Foolery going on there.



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Posted December 18, 2013 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for sharing them, Doug! Cool pics!



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Posted December 18, 2013 - 08:19 AM

Thanks for the pics. It's a great story. Too bad they were ahead of their time. The new breed of electric lawn tractors that are starting to appear just don't seem as well built. We'll see what the future holds. With modern technology an electric GT could be a very capable machine. 



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Posted December 18, 2013 - 11:31 PM

FIRSTELEC-TRAKS3_654748.jpg    Very interesting thing about this pic of the first one built . The motor and tranny were run thru the plant paint shop . If the entire production run of Elec-Traks were to be done this way , all replacement parts would have to be run thru the paint shop . AND,  the supplier of motors  ( another division )  and Peerless would have to agree .  This may have been the only production unit done this  way outside of the true prototypes.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 06:31 PM

The first Elec-Trak model made was an E15, they had Blue labels on them.

The E12 or E12s was the next model made, they had White labels on them, and were made after production started on the E15.

Picture below shows a White labeled tractor with Yellow hubs and a Blue labeled (E15) with Black hubs.

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Posted December 19, 2013 - 07:42 PM

The first Elec-Trak model made was an E15, they had Blue labels on them.

The E12 or E12s was the next model made, they had White labels on them, and were made after production started on the E15.

Picture below shows a White labeled tractor with Yellow hubs and a Blue labeled (E15) with Black hubs.

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I am guessing this pic is july or august 1970 . The E15 was in full production , the E12 s existed as a prototype until Sept 1970 .  The man on the E 12 s resembles Harold Williamson from  the plant . Mr Laumeister's letter announcing E12 s production was dated

Sept 15 1970 .


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 07:49 PM

Thanks for these great photographs Doug.  Very cool.  I like the one of the guys going down the incline.



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Posted December 19, 2013 - 09:13 PM

I am guessing this pic is july or august 1970 . The E15 was in full production , the E12 s existed as a prototype until Sept 1970 .  The man on the E 12 s resembles Harold Williamson from  the plant . Mr Laumeister's letter announcing E12 s production was dated

Sept 15 1970 .

 

Not sure when these pictures were taken, summer time but what yr. ???

In the same group of pictures this one shows 2 - E15 with mower decks  and 1 - E20 Red label tractor with dozer blade on it.

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What yr do you think?



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Posted December 19, 2013 - 09:45 PM

The E 20 came out May 1971 . The larger mower motors came out later that year I think but not sure  .  Probably summer 1971 -  formal white shirts being worn . As in suit style minus jacket .             Dress styles morfed a lot from 1968 - 70  into the mid 70 's .

 

     Elec-Trak marketing was an all - out effort . 


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:20 PM

The pics of the first build seemed like they were put there by the man who took them so we get the answers ourselves . He is probably wondering why we took so long .

Promo material from 1969 showing the E15 , E12 , and E20 ( GEA 8847 ) is pinned in this forum .


It shows yellow hubs , Also it shows the famous black motor . Thanks to Doug for posting these pics.


Always more answers out there , nice hearing them from the source .
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Posted December 19, 2013 - 10:43 PM

I forgot about that, I actually have a Real hard copy of it.

I think it has a lot of Pre-Production stuff in it.






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