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Posted August 21, 2014 - 07:09 PM

I traded my ChoreMaster Garden Tractor, The one with the John Deere Paint Scheme for this David Bradley and a old Buckboard Buggy frame. I took the David Bradley apart and repainted everything but the hood. I still have it to do yet. Sorry I didn't get any before pictures taken but you can guess the condition just from the hood. The first picture is the Choremaster I traded.

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Posted August 21, 2014 - 07:22 PM

Wow ! you do a good job.


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Posted August 21, 2014 - 08:01 PM

Looks good, Tracy.  The truck tires on there look just like the ones on mine.  Someone asked me why I left them on the tractor, and I said it was a part of the history of David Bradley.  Almost every DB tractor (at least around here) ended up with truck tires, and most people who grew up with them remember them that way after the original tires burned off. 

 

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Posted August 21, 2014 - 08:12 PM

Looks good, Tracy.  The truck tires on there look just like the ones on mine.  Someone asked me why I left them on the tractor, and I said it was a part of the history of David Bradley.  Almost every DB tractor (at least around here) ended up with truck tires, and most people who grew up with them remember them that way after the original tires burned off. 

 

Ben W.

Ah, yes, many of the tractors were shipped strapped to a pallet with just the rims, tires were an option at the time.


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Posted August 21, 2014 - 08:12 PM

Very nice job! Thank you for sharing the photos.
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Posted August 21, 2014 - 08:25 PM

Ah, yes, many of the tractors were shipped strapped to a pallet with just the rims, tires were an option at the time.

There's a little more to this story. Sears used a big promotion, called Used Auto Tire, there was even a decal for it, but I cant find apic right now. It covered any DB farm and garden machine. Basically they wanted you to use up those worn car tires on your stuff. kind of  an early recycling program. This is why you see so many of the machines on bald old tires. You could get new knobbies and later lug tires, with the tractors, but I would guess that most were sold with out any.


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Posted August 21, 2014 - 08:35 PM

Ah, thanks, and recaps too, another common tire use, i recall Keven talking about the UAT a while ago.


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Posted August 21, 2014 - 08:47 PM

There's a little more to this story. Sears used a big promotion, called Used Auto Tire, there was even a decal for it, but I cant find apic right now. It covered any DB farm and garden machine. Basically they wanted you to use up those worn car tires on your stuff. kind of  an early recycling program. This is why you see so many of the machines on bald old tires. You could get new knobbies and later lug tires, with the tractors, but I would guess that most were sold with out any.

 

I had heard that, Jeff, but I never knew that it was true or not.  Glad you confirmed it.  :thumbs:

 

Those truck tires are also h-e-a-v-y.  It helps with weight, too, as an added bonus!

 

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Posted August 22, 2014 - 04:28 AM

Thanks for the pix. It's looking really good!


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Posted August 22, 2014 - 06:17 AM

I remember many of the DBs having surplus jeep tires on them. In the 60s, a guy near us was selling WWII jeeps in the crate for $200. He sold tires and other parts in the 50s. Sears sold a road trailer that used jeep tires in the 50s. There were still shortages of things into the early 50s, so people were still used to recycling and reusing. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 22, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Choremaster for a David Bradley sounds like a good swap to me. Nice looking tractors you have.

 

I remember many of the DBs having surplus jeep tires on them

 

One of mine came with jeep tires and, it will stay with them

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