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#1 classic OFFLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 07:32 PM

Well, I just had to pick this tractor up since it could use some help. The drive train seems to be in good shape, but the Briggs 23FB will need rings and an exhaust valve. I just couldn't walk away from it after seeing it in that dark shed today...

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 07:48 PM

Nice find :thumbs: dual brakes.


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Posted August 02, 2014 - 08:02 PM

To be honest trowel, I don't know a whole lot about these tractors. I did a bunch of research today and found out a bit about them. It's similar to the Jaques Mighty Might that I want to restore when I get the time. Restoring the hood on this one will probably take more hours than it will to get it up and running. I was wondering about those brake levers, was that an option?

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 08:22 PM

Honestly i am not 100 % sure, Steve collects and uses Kohler powered Power Kings, and the Economies, what i know is just from being around them. Yours is a Jim Dandy not a PK, nice you got one with a hood which is nice considering it is usually beat to death, rusted out or missing because the PO grew tired of removing it to work on the engine and it was lost.

 

Yours is the single tranny, i think the later ones had the double tranny, the rear axle is from a car, which i forget but i am under the impression parts are still avalable for it, you should look up the Jim Dandy tractors, there is a strong following for them and the early dual tranny PKs.

 

Looks like the start to a nice project !


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Posted August 02, 2014 - 08:26 PM

It says Power King on the trans tag and the serial puts it at 1956. I found a serial number list online to date it. For all I know the trans could have been swapped out.
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Posted August 02, 2014 - 08:30 PM

Then i must be wrong and it is the real early PK then unless as you said it was swapped, the Jim Dandys are basically the early PKs and just about all parts interchange between the two from what i know.

 

I am not real good at dating these, Steve is, wish he was here now.


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Posted August 02, 2014 - 09:10 PM

That's not a Jim Dandy.The easy way to tell a Jim Dandy made before 1973 it that the JD'y has a single channel frame unlike this one which has a ladder style frame.Many of the Jim Dandy parts are different than the full size tractor parts.Up until they started using the number designation in 1978,you either had a Power King tractor or Jim Dandy tractor.I believe 1958 or 59 was the first year for the Jim Dandy.

 

Your tractor has a model A Ford rear end.


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Posted August 02, 2014 - 09:27 PM

what or whomever it is, that is a cool old tractor.  Congrats!  great find!


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Posted August 02, 2014 - 09:40 PM

Here is a 56 Economy (National brand) that belongs to another member here. This one has the same dual brake set up.

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 10:42 PM

Nice Tractor.
Thanks for giving it a home with a little sunshine
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Posted August 02, 2014 - 11:46 PM

Kinda neat!  Those brakes were options, but I see one lever opposite direction, so not sure how that is done, maybe assembled different. I also say not JD, too early and not the narrow frame. I DID notice the Green paint on it. Another owner thinking tractors are only Green and Yellow, Ha! 


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 04:28 AM

Green and yellow, good!  lol


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 05:12 AM

That's not a Jim Dandy.The easy way to tell a Jim Dandy made before 1973 it that the JD'y has a single channel frame unlike this one which has a ladder style frame.Many of the Jim Dandy parts are different than the full size tractor parts.Up until they started using the number designation in 1978,you either had a Power King tractor or Jim Dandy tractor.I believe 1958 or 59 was the first year for the Jim Dandy.

 

Your tractor has a model A Ford rear end.

I stand corrected then and never should of answered, will have to question my friend to put my ducks in a row.

 

At least i got the rear end somewhat right.


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 05:18 AM

Classic, it seems i will be learning right along with you, not only are you helping me with the nitty gritty of the Landlords but it seems with the early PKs too, i saw Steve yesterday before he took the little ones camping, next time i will bring some photos of your tractor and poke his brain a bit and may be able to assist the PK collector here.

 

This is going to be a fun project to follow :thumbs:


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 06:49 AM

That's what is great about these forums, lots of questions asked and lots of questions answered.Thanks for all the input guys, I'm having a blast with these tractors. I seem to mostly come across ones that need a lot of work, but that's half the fun. Well this project just got a whole lot easier. Another hood in decent shape and a pair of rear fenders are on the way!!

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