We found this tractor outside behind a barn. I think it was fate because we were originally there looking at another tractor. Once we saw it, we had to have it. It was a previous parts tractor for another's Economy tractor so it was missing a few parts. A deal was made and the tractor was on its way home. I found another Economy parts tractor to replace the missing items.
It was a lot of work! Went through the engine inside and out, serviced the magneto and carburetor, installed a used clutch. Tractor originally had 16" rear tires which were swapped for 24". We rebuilt the bull gears, and installed the missing transmission.
We do have a few attachments for the tractor. Looking forward to plowing snow with the front plow and the garden with the rear plow.
Edited by MH81, September 14, 2014 - 09:01 AM.
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Looks like I may have to compete against my own husband this month!
This tractor is so ugly and goofy looking, I don't even know what to call it. It was listed on CL for awhile and ended up picking it up for $50. I can only assume it's "homebuilt", but the frame on it looks quite impressive for that when I compare it to other homebuilts we have picked up over the years. Haven't worked on getting it moving under its own power yet, but it's on the "list". It's a small little thing.
There isn't much to say about it, so the pictures will just have to do!
Edited by MH81, September 20, 2014 - 05:39 AM. Attached pictures
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Just over a year ago, Dad and I went and got one of the oddest things in our fleet. Like a skeleton with a seat and a engine... It's my 196? National 8469 Triplex Mower. (Original Thread)
We cleaned the points, drained the water out of the carb, fished some of the mouse poo out of the cooling fins, took 15 minutes to get the carb adjusting screws unseized and another half hour to get air thru the ports...Dad never pulled the carb off the tractor.
Here is the day we brought it home.
I used the national often last fall, Grandpa really enjoyed watching me mow with it. He would tell people about it when we were out and BSing with people. He also talked about safety and proper operation with me (still have my fingers & toes, thanks to Grandpa )
Anyways, it may be ugly, but when I do get the chance to use it, I have to smile as I remember Grandpa's smile while he watched me and my UGLY Tractor.
And here it is at it's ugliest. when we looked at the gas tank, there was no saving it. we looked in the fill hole and at the tops of our shoes. So I rigged in two pieces of 2x4 and a push mower tank until I found a better alternative.
Edited by MH81, September 14, 2014 - 08:45 PM. Added video link
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Location: Huntington, IN 46750 North East in State
Posted September 27, 2014 - 09:49 PM
George Workbird??? Huh? New one to me. That really is a Backwards mechanical wonder looks like. Zat blower really supposed to have all the angle around it? Just a homemount? At first was wondering where snow was thrown from, but now see the chute way in back, kinda odd! Kinda reminds me of backwards big tractors made into Fork Trucks, just ain't right!