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#1 Bob IN OFFLINE  

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Posted January 24, 2014 - 12:29 PM

Has any one ever seen a Montgomery wards walk behind with a hood? Im including a picture. Its in a 1957 Montgomery wards farm book. I never knew they made one like this.

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Posted January 24, 2014 - 12:37 PM

Yes Bob, and I will look thru my Catalogs this weekend to say what all they did have hoods on. I think that was the same time that Simplicity offered hoods on their tractors. I know they sold a 2 wheel tractor in the late 30's or early 40's that had a hood also.


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Posted January 24, 2014 - 12:39 PM

As you can see from the ad,  the hood was optional.  Most people didn't have any extra funds for "frills"  

Of the few that splurged and bought a hood - few are left because it was removed for a repair and was deemed unnecessary and not reinstalled.

 

I'd like to buy 30 hoods like that for the $14.95 price in that ad!  :worshippy1:


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Posted January 24, 2014 - 01:24 PM

The one pictured is Midland built.  Simplicity never kicked out a hood that looked like that, and there are slight differences between that Midland tractor and a Simplicity built Wards.  Both types may be in that catalog for comparison.  They built them concurrently during some years, for Wards.  Both mfg types used Simplicity attachments.  I'm not sure if Midland built any attachments or not, to be honest.


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Posted January 24, 2014 - 03:26 PM

heres a 1958 ward power trac,midland built.149.JPG
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Posted January 24, 2014 - 06:22 PM

simplicity had hoods, but there were different, having the hinged parts higher up and not the box like hood on this one. I'll have to look though my photo albums and see if I have any pictures left. Most of the time you found either one without the hood, as people just took them off and never reattached them. Seems like to me this was a similar problem with the Bolens tractors, lots of power units but few hoods, grills or belt guards. The worst tractor for hoods missing is the prewar Handiman of 40-42. That hood was hard to get on and off, didn't have any hinges, so most got discarded.


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Posted January 25, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Plus,  as I understand, the '40-'42 hood actually made the engine overheat.  ??

If thats the case, virtually all of them would have been removed and discarded.

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Posted January 25, 2014 - 03:39 PM

I had heard ofthis also, but I was think that it was mostly model U briggs going though a vapor lock.






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