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#1 Columbia236 ONLINE  

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Posted September 13, 2014 - 02:47 AM

I believe this is an early S23 Speedex with factory steering wheel.I have seen pictures of others on the internet but have been unable to contact their owners for info.The Speedex tractor site shows an early S23 model with no hood and the M23 drive set up,but with lever steering.I think this was made in late `59(before Speedex year dated the S23)and the engine should be a 23A Briggs Many people I have talked to say they never made this look at the pictures ,it has a Speedex style steering wheel mount,what do you think? Thanks Chuck

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Edited by Columbia236, September 13, 2014 - 02:51 AM.

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Posted September 13, 2014 - 08:10 AM

Hi Chuck, i dont know what it is but i "LIKE IT"

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Posted September 13, 2014 - 08:16 AM

So ironic, but I just stumbled on a tractor that the owner thought was "homebuilt". After looking at pictures, I've decided it was a Speedex M23 but modified with a steering wheel.


I will try to post pictures to compare


Or maybe an early s23, now looking at pictures I am not sure.

Edited by bread320i, September 13, 2014 - 08:39 AM.

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Posted September 13, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Well, no expert here on the brand, but didn't know Speedex even had engines turned that way and a driveshaft tube?? My experience with S series is later models, and believe the S-23 was one of latest, and would not think any of this drivetrain was used on it. S series had sideways engines and belt drives. Early ones also had two speed or just f/r trans. I have what was told to be a later S-23 that has the  "barn" shaped hood and a 3spd BW trans sideways. Early S-23's still had the round S hood and the simple trans as mentioned. This is what info I have gotten. 


  I would say the steering on this looks Speedex type, till it gets out front where it is bent more to clear engine or ?? Frame looks like the bar stock they used. I know they used Ford rears way early, that is what this looks like, but I'm vague on that time frame. Speedex is odd company and threw together lots of things to make models, some not produced much, plus been many years and you never know what or who might have been changing things on their own.  They are easy to weld up stuff on them to your needs, ha!  Check along frame rails near front, see if any stampings their.  Might be model first, then a serial?? IF they even had that at this time. That's quite a driveline, what exactly is the clutch here?  Is there a belt, chain or gear offset to turn all that??

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Posted September 13, 2014 - 01:32 PM

The information about early S23 came from www.speedextractorinformation.com They show what looks like an M23 but called an early S23 The trans is similar to the S series tractor with two speeds by changing belt location on the pulleys.The engine slides sideways to tighten the belt.It has a gear box to select foreward or reverse like the S series.According to information about the company on this site Speedex was sold by Harold Pond in the 1958 era and thats when the S series tractors production started.Chuck