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#1 Dakota Boy OFFLINE  

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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:28 AM

Hello-   I am new to this forum.   I have restored old Schwinns, old motocross bikes, an old John Deere snowmobile, and also have shed a fair amount of blood on an old T-Bird as well.

 

Now I have another interesting old toy to keep me out of trouble...

 

This was in the barn on my grandpa's farm.   It has sat untouched for probably 40 years or more.    It is probably 99% complete (all the parts appear to be there), and the transmission seems to work fine.      It has a Clinton model 1200 engine which I have already restored and re-painted orange.   It has a sickle mower attachment, but I will probably try to find a sulky to attach to it instead.         The gearbox has Low, Medium, High, and Reverse.

 

I do have one question about the drive system.   From the transmission to the drive axle; is it chain-driven, or are there gears inside?     Does this gear case (or chain case) require oil?

 

If anyone has a manual for this it would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:40 AM

Well, let me be the 1st member to welcome you to Garden Tractor Talk!



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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:43 AM

and let me be the second: welcome to GTT



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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:59 AM

That is a Midland produced tractor that Montgomery Ward sold 1951-1957. In 1951-1952 there was a Chor-Trac Special produced by Simplicity.

 

This may be the operator manual - haven't look at it yet

http://gardentractor...r-owners-guide/

 

Garry

 

That's not the manual I thought it was. Will look for another.


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 09:07 AM

This one should do it

http://gardentractor...tractor-om-ipl/

 

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Posted August 03, 2014 - 09:39 AM

Wecome to the forum. Hope you enjoy it here. Nice to save a piece of family history.



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Posted August 03, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Welcome to GTT. Relax and enjoy the site. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted August 03, 2014 - 07:45 PM

Thank you for that operator's manual-    Those things are worth their weight in gold---



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Posted August 08, 2014 - 08:27 PM

I have two of thease midlands, and have been searching high and low for any thing on thease machines,they are brutes



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Posted August 12, 2014 - 04:04 PM

The engine is done:     

 

 

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Posted August 13, 2014 - 07:50 AM

:welcometogttalk:



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Posted August 14, 2014 - 07:52 PM

I'm going to install a grease fitting on the gear case (transmission to axle) so I can put some John Deere Corn Head grease in there.   Seems that is just as good or better than "#2 cup grease" that is mentioned in the owners manual.   It would seem that cup grease is pretty hard to find these days.



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Posted August 15, 2014 - 04:54 AM

Clinton looks great Dakota, looking forwards to the tractor :thumbs:



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Posted August 17, 2014 - 08:03 PM

Got the transmission painted today.   Dupli-color chevy engine orange is almost a perfect match.    I still need to decide what color to paint the wheels.   They remind me of a Kawasaki green color.    I ordered some new tires today from Miller Tire.   65 bucks apiece.   Darn tires will be the most expensive parts on this whole project!    

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Posted August 17, 2014 - 09:52 PM

The engine is done

 

That is one nice looking Clinton.  I always enjoy seeing them restored, they really look good with fresh paint.

 

Ben W.






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