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#1 TimW OFFLINE  

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Posted July 30, 2014 - 09:38 PM

I spotted this on Craigslist and on the road I went.  I have some little tractors of the era, but had never heard of this.  It apparently has sat in a barn for 20+ years.  Deck was gone, everything else seems to be there.  A real nice older fellow had it and said he has owned it since the late '60s.  The serial number is in the 1400's I think and it seems to be a GT6 Explorer.  Before I mess with it, would anybody have any info on it?  I did see where somebody posted a purchase of the same tractor recently.  Mucho appreciation for any info.cub+brillion 011 (1024x768).jpg cub+brillion 006 (1024x768).jpg cub+brillion 008 (1024x768).jpg cub+brillion 010 (1024x768).jpg cub+brillion 007 (1024x768).jpg


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Posted July 30, 2014 - 09:58 PM

Wow! Neat find!!!


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:38 AM

That's neat. I didn't know they made gts
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Posted July 31, 2014 - 07:02 AM

Wow, that looks pretty good. Hope someone has some info on it for you.
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Posted July 31, 2014 - 07:41 AM

Nice original looking find.

 

This was an earlier discussion: http://gardentractor...ctor-wisconsin/

 

Also found this information:

 

Original Ad: This is a very rare lawn tractor made by Brillion Iron Works during 1959 to 1962. It has a 6 hp B&S engine with a 32" deck. As you can see its in rough shape. Through nearly 2 years of research I have only found 6 others in the US. This will be a piece by piece restoration, but would be worth it.


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 07:45 AM

It looks like the company that made that tractor is still in business so you might try contacting them to see if they may have some information it.


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 09:08 AM

Will you be leaving it as is or restore. I agree contact the company for more info. Sometimes things like this are better left original.
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Posted July 31, 2014 - 09:21 AM

Awesome tractor. I have been looking for one of these. They are hard to find.


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 09:26 AM

We just bought a Brillion seeder for sowing some hay, so it was quite neat to see your find! I didn't know that Brillion ever made a GT.
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Posted July 31, 2014 - 09:29 AM

I certainly plan on leaving this as original and correct as possible.  It can sit for a while until I figure out the best way to correctly restore it.  I was told by the po that the motor stopped running is why it sat.  I think I may attempt to contact the still existing manufacturer, but they look pretty corporate.  

 

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Posted January 12, 2016 - 03:03 PM

sorry to bring up such an old thread

 

Have you done anything with this tractor?  My grandfather had one back in the late 50s/early 60s.  From what I know it had a 6hp engine and a variable belt clutch trans and selected a range with a lever on the side of the machine.  he had a mower deck and a blower for it. 

 

we don't have any pics but think we do have it on some old 8mm film.  From what I gather these are like finding hens teeth.  I am lucky enough to now own his Bolens 1250 that he replaced the Brillion with and the Troybilt GTX18 that he bought when he retired the Bolens.


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Posted January 19, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Awesome! I know of the Brillion company but didn't realize they manufactured garden tractors.

 

It's interesting to me to realize how many Wisconsin manufactures of garden tractors there were in that era. 

 

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Posted January 22, 2016 - 06:01 PM

I just noticed this.  The tractor has not been touched since I got it, other than a little light cleaning.  A nice fellow from Indiana sent me some good literature on the Brillions.  Mine seems to have a more rounded front grill, others seem to be more squared off.  I have it tucked into a nice little building with other oddballs I pick up from time to time.  That would be remarkable if you actually had one on film, I know myself and a couple of other people would love to see that.  Thanks for the info.

 

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