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#1 Tbrooks OFFLINE  

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 06:49 PM

I need help identifying the makes, models and engines used on these two gems. I think the one is a midland, but the frame looks different than the ones I have seen. The other I beleive is an Ariens rototiller.

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 07:49 PM

The first one is a Midland - made for Montgomery Wards.  That is why it's serial tag starts with "MID"

The knobbie tire is most likely a Wards Riverside brand.


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Posted October 19, 2014 - 08:02 PM

The first one is a Midland - made for Montgomery Wards.  That is why it's serial tag starts with "MID"
The knobbie tire is most likely a Wards Riverside brand.

thank you, would you happen to know what engine was on it?

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 08:41 PM

For the first one that is a Midland, it should be a Clinton 700 if a Hoe Trac or a Clinton 1100 if a Chor Trac.


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Posted October 19, 2014 - 09:38 PM

For the first one that is a Midland, it should be a Clinton 700 if a Hoe Trac or a Clinton 1100 if a Chor Trac.

So, based on that, it should date that in the late '40's to early '50's, correct?

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 09:44 PM

What are the proper colors for a Midland? There is blue, red, yellow, orange and white on this one!

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Posted October 20, 2014 - 07:11 AM

Tractor would be orange and wheels were green.


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Posted October 22, 2014 - 06:42 PM

Anyone have any info on the ariens? Would this be one with the single cylinder Wisconsin or the two cylinder?

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Posted October 22, 2014 - 08:41 PM

Doesn't it have a model on the cast plate behind the bell housing?



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Posted October 23, 2014 - 05:33 PM

Doesn't it have a model on the cast plate behind the bell housing?

I don't think so. It is up at dad's farm right now. I will have to look again this weekend. I am thinking all it said on that plate was about the transmition oil. From the pictures I looked at on google, it looks like the serial number tag was riveted to the engine cowl. Which does me no good on this one.

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 02:03 PM

The only number on that cover was a B403A, it looks like that is just a casting number. The rest is just an explanation of the oil, see pic.

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 02:06 PM

I found an ad which states the model A had 16" wheels and the model B had 9". This one has 12".

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Posted October 28, 2014 - 08:42 AM

Depending on year, Midland also used green with orange/red wheels. Here is a scan of a Midland catalog page.

 

If it is Wards by Midland, then red with green wheels.

 

Midland Tracto Catalog Page.jpg Wards 1952 Catalog Cover.JPG


Edited by shallowwatersailor, October 28, 2014 - 08:48 AM.

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Posted October 29, 2014 - 02:36 PM

I had an Ariens out back in the weeds and finally went out and inspected it. The Ariens tag is on the engine. The plate behind the engine says the same as yours. It is aluminum and yours looks like cast. The tires were 5.00X12 and it has a model AHH wisconsin on it. It is a model B.


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Posted October 29, 2014 - 07:48 PM

I had an Ariens out back in the weeds and finally went out and inspected it. The Ariens tag is on the engine. The plate behind the engine says the same as yours. It is aluminum and yours looks like cast. The tires were 5.00X12 and it has a model AHH wisconsin on it. It is a model B.

thanks, mystery solved. That plate is indeed cast iron, maybe an older version. I don't know what it is about this one. Most people would think it to be a basket case, but I like the robustness of it and would like to see it restored.




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