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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Back in April I posted some pics of my old Mighty Might that I was finally bringing home after 8 years. I thought that I had all of the parts that I removed from it in storage. It turned out that the complete rear axle assembly is missing and may have been scrapped.What a terrible feeling I had until now. I called about a Mighty Might 2 hours away in Connecticut on Friday. The engine and rear wheels were missing and it was basically a parts tractor. The price was 150.00 and it was worth the trip just for the rear end. So here we are, heading home from Connecticut with the needed parts. My Mighty Might had the wrong front wheels on it, and surprisingly, this one has original front wheels in great shape! This parts tractor has Power king fenders on it and the wrong seat, but I have the original seat for mine. This will be the next project!

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Here is mine as it sat when I went back to my old place to pick it up. The trans is fine and the engine turns over. It was a great running tractor before I parked it. I'll be installing the proper Briggs ZZ engine in it that I picked up a while back.

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 01:21 PM

Glad to hear this very deserving tractor will be getting a new lease on life!  Keep us updated = and as always. pictures pictures pictures.  :wave:


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Posted October 07, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Thanks GTractor, at least the project is possible now, and I plan on posting pics as I progress with the restoration. I was beginning to think all was lost due to the parts being so hard to find.

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 04:39 PM

We got this heavy tractor off loaded and here are some more pics of it. This hood is in better shape than mine, so I'll be repairing it. I freed up the shifter and the trans works in all three gears and reverse. The trans input and output shaft bearings don't seem to have any play in them, so that's a plus. The rear end works as it should, but the gears sound pretty dry. I'll be making gaskets and replacing the axle seals, so that will be a good time to inspect everything. I had to head into work, so I'll look it over better tomorrow.
The guy also had an old Garden Master. Everything was seized up and wheels and parts were missing. If we had room in the truck we would have brought it home...maybe. It's a major restoration, but would make a great project. It's on craigslist for sale in Milford CT if anyone is interested.

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 05:38 PM

Glad you found some parts to build one tractor! Good luck with the restoration!


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Posted October 07, 2014 - 07:53 PM

Glad you found the parts you needed! This will be fun to watch! Thanks for the pics!
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Posted October 07, 2014 - 08:18 PM

Here is another pic of the Garden Master the guy was selling, also. Somebody needs to rescue this!

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 11:26 AM

I removed the top cover from the T96-1 transmission and it's in pretty nice shape. I flushed it out and poured some oil over the shafts and gears. I'll make a new top cover gasket, replace the input and output shaft seals,clean and paint it, and it will be ready to use. The date code on the transmission is 4-12-48.

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 11:51 AM

I also took a pic of the large gear in the rear housing through the oil level hole. The gear is oil soaked and looks fine. It's amazing how well things stay preserved even though the tractor looks rough on the outside. So far, this is looking like it won't be such a tough restoration.

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 09:19 PM

Well, I put an original seat, a shifter knob, and original rear wheels on it. I think I'm going to toss my engine, twin disc clutch, and gas tank in it and take it for a spin. I'll then pick the best parts from the two and start the restoration.

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 09:24 PM

Thanks for the pics and updates! Keep them coming!


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 09:45 PM

I sure will Gabriel, and you're welcome. Now that I have the missing parts, I'm off and almost running. There really isn't much to this tractor, mostly cleaning, painting, and some gaskets and seals. Disassembly/reassembly is a piece of cake and the ZZ engine is ready to go. I'll probably install my model 23 just to take it for a spin, but the ZZ will go in as I restore it. I just don't know what muffler was original for it.

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 06:09 PM

Great news on the engine for the project. I bought a Briggs ZZ engine from my cousin that sat out in a field for quite some time. I was going to use the running ZZ from my 1943 generator, but I decided not to since the generator works fine and is in great shape. The exhaust valve was stuck on the crusty ZZ, so I took care of that. I removed the flywheel because there was no spark plug wire and it turned out that the coil was missing. I bought a rusty model A Briggs from my cousin in hopes that the coil was still good. I did finally get spark in the ZZ, but the engine wouldn't fire, so I shoved it in the corner of the shed. Today I pulled the flywheel off yet another old Briggs model BR6. The coil and points were the same, so I put them in the ZZ. Finally, a nice crisp blue spark. I borrowed the carb off of my 1943 Signal Corps generator, bolted the engine to the shed floor, put some gas in the tank and gave it a pull. The engine fired right up and ran great with a little carb adjustment. As luck would have it, that ZZ engine is from 1948 and the correct engine for the Mighty Mite. This engine came with a different Twin Disc Clutch Company clutch than the one that came original on my Mighty Mite. I actually need the bronze clutch engagement ring from it since my clutch had a brass replacement that my brother in law had made. It's strange how things just fell in line so far with this restoration.

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 08:57 PM

Man It's nice to see this one coming back together.  Taking two and making one is often a necessity when it comes to the rare birds.


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