I'll enter an ugly tractor this month. This is my 196? Montgomery Wards Squire 10 that was built by Simplicity. My friend (same age as me) bought this tractor around the time he was 16 and used it to plow snow in the winter. I knew that it hadn't used it for awhile and was trying to get him to sell it to me for about a year. Then one day about a month ago he needed some help cutting down trees and told me to bring my trailer. TO my surprise he gave me the tractor. He told me he would like to see it run again. After I posted about getting the tractor here on GTTalk a few members commented that the tractor had an angry look due to the lights on the grille. Now it's called the angry monkey.
Currently I am still working on it and it's not even close to running yet. The exhaust was left open for over a year which allowed water to fill the cylinder and crankcase. The engine still could be salvageable but it will require a full rebuild. Right now I am going to replace the engine with another I have so I can just get the tractor running again. Along with the engine many other parts need fixed too and that is where I'm at with the project now. I need to find replacement parts for the missing and worm out ones. I am hoping that I will have the tractor running and driving before the middle of spring next year.
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I would like to nominate my “Blue Money Pit” BMP, aka Ford LGT 145.
While I was at work one day around the middle of 2011 a co-worker told me that he found an old riding mower, he knew I tinkered with these, but wasn’t sure If I would want this. He said he would load it up and bring it to work the next day on his trailer, If I didn’t want it he would take it in for scrap. I brought my truck the next day, and looked the Ford over. I asked him what he wanted for it, I really didn’t have much cash on me so if it went more than 100 I would have passed. He said make an offer, so I said 50…… there was a pause, then he said how bout 60 because that is what he felt he would get for scrap. I accepted on the condition that I could use his trailer to haul it home. He agreed.
Now I have restored mainly Craftsman GT’s, and Briggs engines and did not have a clue as to what I just purchased. As I normally do I try and evaluate the see if it is worth sinking $$$ into or recoup my loss with either parting out or scrap. I jury-rigged a gas tank and battery, oil looked ok abet a little black, and got the engine to run (roughly) but that didn’t matter, it ran. After some research it was recommended to check the transmission (new to me hydraulic) so I added fluid (dry as a bone) and cranked it up again, the tires rotated (yaa!). Lastly I checked the hydraulic deck lift and it functioned too.
At this point I resolved to restore, and aptly named my new LGT the “Blue Money Pit” and it proved to be an accurate name. Most of the parts were obtained from Messicks, and Tractor Supply, I had to have the deck welded and straightened, LOTS of manual labor cleaning painting etc. which provided a lot of quality time with my Grandson. After being tossed off (learning the hard way to use the hydrostatic) loosing the deck (and trashing the PTO in the process, and mulching one of the 6” deck rollers, I was finally able to do a full mowing of 2-1/2 acres without incident.
Here is a slide show of the process.
Here is BMP 9 Months Later. Thanks for allowing me to nominate the Blue Money Pit.
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I will nominate our 2007 Huskee Supreme LT4600. This tractor was purchased new (still in the packing crate) on December 10, 2007. It has just about finished it's 7th season. It has not been a perfect tractor, but it has been over all a good machine. The biggest problem going for it is the light weight quality of today's consumer grade lawn tractors. It has a single cylinder Kohler Courage 19 HP engine. It has a 46 inch cut deck with mulch kit (the mulch kit has been wonderful for chopping leaves). It has a seven speed "shift-on-the-go" drive system with a single speed transmission (seven speeds achieved by a variable drive pulley).
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I would like to enter my 1959 David Bradley Suburban. My oldest boy said that he needed a tractor to help dad out so we picked it up and started from there. As of right now it is a diamond in the rough. My plans are to take it down to nuts and bolts and come out with a tractor that was maybe even better than it came out of the factory. I've only had it for one week but i have made some pretty good progress with it thus far but surely have a long way to go with it. It came to me as a very complete tractor minus the belt guard. Once I am able I would like to start a thread to show my progress and hear some input from the folks that have done this way longer than I have.
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I would like to nominate my Bolens HT-23. I found this garden tractor in the weeds at a friends house, it had been sitting for about 6 years, I asked him about it and he said I could have it for $50 and I said YES!. I got it home and the engine was stuck, luckily I was able to fill the cylinders with oil and with the help of a pipe wrench I got it loose. I then stuck four new tires on it (I already had them) and then cleaned the carburetor. I stuck a battery in it and the old thing fired right up and runs great with no smoke.
I got a mower deck with it but I need the main pulley because mine is worn out. I am planing on putting a 3-point on it and I am going to put a snow blower on it for this winter. I am hoping to use this in our 1 acre garden along side my Kubota L2000 and it will also do a lot of the mowing. I am planing on painting it one of these days but who knows when that will be.
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I would like to nominate my 1949 garden all model s3. It is all original. My dad bought it at the Portland Indiana swap meet about 25 years ago. When I was growing up I can always remember hearing it run and always wanting to drive it. Its "my" tractor now. He just never uses it anymore, so I adopted it. It has the original plow, and sickle mower.
The tires are original. The old Wisconsin runs great. Always takes one or two pulls and its off and running. As you can see in the pictures I still use it some. Mostly just mess around with it. I have found a few more attachments for it here and there. Some day it will be restored, but at this point I like it in its working cloths.
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