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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted July 22, 2014 - 12:21 PM

So I sold my Waterloo Bronco which was sad, but with the proceeds I was able to buy two other cool garden tractors. The first is a 1948 Mighty Mite and it's neat (the other is a Sears Handiman R/T - see "Sears Craftsman" section of the Forum). It has a Briggs ZZ engine, Borg Warner 3sp transmission, independent rear brakes, and it is built like a tank. The rear tires are okay, but the one front tire has a blown sidewall so they both should be replaced. The previous owner said that he had it running and was able to drive it and try out all the gears, but the previous owner before him had cobbled together the governor linkages for the engine and they weren't working properly. He certainly wasn't lying - the governor linkages are a mess and I can't imagine it will run properly the way it is. I'll have to find some proper replacement parts. Other than that, the tractor looks to be in great condition, I think. It's not all hacked up or missing a bunch of things. The only thing I'm confused about is that it's a rope start instead of a crank start. I thought they were all crank starts (and the frame is certainly set up for it). It's the correct ZZ engine on there, so I don't know if it's a correct replacement engine (or swapped the old data tag and put on another ZZ engine?), or if someone put the rope start on it along the way. The serial number on the engine has a build date of 1948, as does the serial number on the transmission. So, they're both made the same year, and they both match the vintage of the tractor. Even the old literature looks like it shows a red paint job with the engine being some sort of greyish looking colour. Who knows. Either way, I'm hoping some front tires, some governor linkage work, and the usual new tractor preparation ritual (clean carb, new plug, change oil, file points, etc.) will have this little tractor running and driving. We'll see though.... 

 

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Edited by jtrojek, July 22, 2014 - 12:52 PM.

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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:05 PM

That is a very, very cool rig!  That is in great shape. I've only ever seen one locally...a real tough find, I'll bet.  Congrats and thanks for sharing.  I'll look forward to it up and running! 



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:35 PM

Very nice looking GT!



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:45 PM

   Very nice, you wont see another alike that around for awhile!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:51 PM

Boy, you sure are finding all the GREAT oldies. Nice Find for sure !! :thumbs:



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:53 PM

Cool. I got a pic of one of them at Zagray last weekend.

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Posted July 22, 2014 - 06:45 PM

Everything you find, Jamie, I drool over.  Everything.

 

When you die, I want to be your heir.

 

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Posted July 22, 2014 - 06:48 PM

shazam son....

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Posted July 23, 2014 - 05:25 AM

It was on my short list for tractors that I'd like to have, as was the other tractor, the Sears Handiman R/T.  It was a good day.

 

Today I'm going to go out and take a better look at it.  The governor is in better shape than I thought.  It's at least mostly there.  It needs a governor spring for sure and I'll take a better look today and compare it to the ZZ on my Economy to see what else it needs (same setup on that tractor).  The governor was rigged up very strangely and I'm sure it would not have been able to operate properly, and most likely, I'm guessing it would have been stuck on low rpms.  Anyway, I also want to take a better look at it to see if it's the original paint or not.  I'm curious.  It look like it may be, but I'll take a close look.



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Posted July 23, 2014 - 05:44 AM

Great little tractor !   Looks to be well made



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Posted July 23, 2014 - 05:56 AM

Awesome find. Thanks for sharing.

I've got to stop in and see those treasures, next time I'm down that way.



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Posted July 23, 2014 - 07:05 AM

When you die, I want to be your heir.

 

Ben W.

Normally I would agree to giving my stuff to a fine collector such as yourself, but in this case, I think you'd have to fight my girls for them as they absolutely love them.  They are still tiny (8 and 6 years old), but they are tenacious and hunt and fight together in a pack.  They are a formidable opponent.


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Posted July 23, 2014 - 12:30 PM

AWESOME! wish I had found it in Atlanta....



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Posted July 24, 2014 - 04:16 PM

Went out to the garage today and checked the compression and spark on the engine. It pulled 75lbs, which isn't too bad, and already had a good spark. So, I decided to try to get it running. I rerouted the throttle and rigged up the governor, cleaned the carb and changed the oil and put in a new plug. Anyway, it started on the first pull. It still needs some fine tuning and adjusting, but I was able to drive it up and down the driveway and up into the garage under its own power. I had to adjust the clutch a bit too. I'd love to know how tight is too tight and how tight is not tight enough on these twin disc clutches. I'd like to know how to adjust it properly where it's set up just right. I'll have to find someone knowledgeable to show me how.the clutch setup is the same as on my Gard'n Mast'r and Tiger.

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Posted July 27, 2014 - 07:11 PM

i  like that tractor, never seen one  before around here.






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