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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted August 23, 2014 - 04:29 PM

I've been looking for one of these locally for a long time and finally one turns up 25 minutes away. The engine runs great, and after adjusting the belt guard, reverse works fine. The back rims are rough, so they will get replaced with another pair I have. This is a strange looking thing, but it's in pretty good shape.

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Posted August 23, 2014 - 04:35 PM

Wow, that looks really good! It even has the belt guard and a David Bradley belt. Congratulations!


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Posted August 23, 2014 - 06:04 PM

Looks like it was hardly used, kept in and kept up for many years, great shape.


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Posted August 23, 2014 - 06:46 PM

   Very nice, Looks good for an old machine.


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Posted August 23, 2014 - 06:52 PM

Best of luck with it they are a cool tractor it was in my watch list Leeds NY as I recall
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Posted August 23, 2014 - 07:08 PM

That's the one Hank. It wouldn't run when I first got it home. I changed out the spark plug and it fired right up on the first pull. I just have to spend some time cleaning off the built up oil and dirt on it.Here's a pic after we loaded it up.

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Posted August 23, 2014 - 09:38 PM

pretty cool, and it has its orginal type Nelson muffler. That part sticking up on the 3pt doesn't belong on the tractor. the top link go in the hole under the cross shaft.


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Posted August 23, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Lauber1, I noticed that piece added on for the top link. The plow has three sets of holes so that it can be set to use the top link in the right hole. I'll have to grind that piece off of there. I took the front split rims apart to change the tires and noticed how light blue the original paint is on the hub. I could use a better set of split front rims if you have any extras. These tractors have a unique feel to them, so I can see why you have an interest in them.
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Posted August 23, 2014 - 11:11 PM

front rims are like finding water in a dessert. I have several of them that are pretty holily. The 59's are fun to do small work with, but for plowing I like the 600 tractor better.

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Posted August 23, 2014 - 11:31 PM

My rims aren't that bad, so I'll just spend some time cleaning them up and painting them the right color. Hopefully it will rain in the desert one day. My Nephew will most likely ride this DB around more than me. It will be easy for him since there's no clutch pedal and the shifter is right in front of him. At 5 years old, his legs are a bit short to ride the other tractors. That 600 looks like it plows well!

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 05:40 PM

Man, it's amazing how well the paint was preserved under the grime. Lot's more cleaning to do! I read about an optional seat cover that was offered for these tractors. Does anyone have a pic of one?

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 06:56 PM

I have a seat cover. since its the only one I've ever seen, I'm not sure if it orginal, but it came with my 59 tractor. There aren't any markings on it.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:06 PM

Man, it's amazing how well the paint was preserved under the grime. Lot's more cleaning to do! I read about an optional seat cover that was offered for these tractors. Does anyone have a pic of one?

That is good paint !

 

We found gold to be one of the hardest paints to deal with, my god, even with primer every imperfection, blemish and pitting is highlighted times 10, then add 10 more in the sun !!


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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:42 PM

Thanks for the pic Lauber1. I was wondering about the seat cover since I have a white one designed for the same shallow seat. It came on an old moto mower from the 60's. It would be great to find some more vintage pics of these early DB's.
The previous owner cleaned the engine to the point where there is almost no paint on the block. I found some gold engine paint that matches great to repaint the block only. The blue is a bit hard to match. I tested some colors on an old rim and compared it to the original paint. The gold is a dead ringer, but the Pontiac blue is a bit off. I'll be looking to get a custom color mixed up since I have no choice, but to repaint the wheels I'm using.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 07:50 PM

Yuck blue or as i call it puke blue has been one of the debated colors of the DB line, Jeff should be able to help with the proper blue, my 104 has the yuck blue black tagged attachments, oddest color tones to ever be put on a tractor i think is the gold and blue.


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