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#1 Dave In Florida OFFLINE  

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 03:03 PM

Hi all, this is my first post here.  I'm very excited to say I brought home an Economy Tractor today that I've been after for years.  This was my grandfathers tractor and I fondly remember him giving all of the neighborhood kids hay rides for Halloween trick-or-treating when I was growing up.  I have a 2 year old daughter and want to do the same thing with her.  We also have friends into the flywheeler's group and there's a few big events they attend each year, so I'd like to take it there.  Finally, I live on a crushed gravel road and would like to be able to maintain the road occasionally.


I've already learned quite a bit about the tractor thanks to this site.  It's a 1952 (serial number 2649), and looks to be a standard model as it doesn't have a hood or driveline cover.  There was a hood made for it, but I like the look of it naked so I'll probably leave it off. 


My grandfather purchased the tractor from a strawberry farmer at some point.  The farmer had taken the front tires off, welded skids to the spindles so the tractor would follow the strawberry rows in his fields.  He would then put the tractor in first gear with a low idle and would walk beside it pulling strawberries and loading them into a trailer.  


As you can see, my grandfather upgraded the rear hitch to hydraulics at some point, and changed the seat.  My father thinks the motor has been replaced at some point (it's got a Wisconsin engine on it now).  Other than that, the tractor looks original.  


I haven't tried to fire it up yet.  I want to clean the fuel tank and carb before even attempting it.  The motor feels like it's got compression though so I'm hoping it will run.


My plans for now are to get it running and usable.  At some point I'd like to tear it apart for paint and re-sealing, but I have several more pressing projects lined up first.  



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Posted December 08, 2014 - 03:40 PM

Welcome aboard,  That is a cool story Dave.  Hope you get it running soon.

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 04:09 PM

Welcome Dave!   :wave:   Great story, and very special to have your Grandpa's tractor!

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 04:20 PM

Great tractor! Thanks for sharing your story with us. 

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 04:39 PM

Welcome to the forum. Very nice tractor. Great that you have your Grandfathers tractor. Good luck with getting it running. Let us know how it turns out. 


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Posted December 08, 2014 - 05:15 PM

Welcome Dave, glad to have you in the forum.  Sounds like you have a fun and exciting project ahead.  Good luck.

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 05:25 PM

Welcome to the forum we need more Fla people. Good looking tractor.When you get to the Fla Flywheelers show look me up, we are normally on row 7, but at the Feb show I expect to be moved to make room for the featured tractor of the show which is John Deere and the last I herd they are expecting over 700 JD'S. i will post where I am so peoploe can find me


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Posted December 08, 2014 - 06:04 PM

Very nice, and :welcometogttalk:

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 06:46 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Cool tractor and having history with you makes it awesome!

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 07:44 PM

Wisconsin on that vintage seems right?  Some had early Briggs also. Hydraulics control is quite a deal. Looks like the right system on pump and tank, yet the control is unique!  Looks like a good start.

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 08:23 PM


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Posted December 08, 2014 - 08:23 PM

That's great that you got grand dads old tractor.  The memories you will experience every time you drive it will be priceless.  Looks like your grandfather used the correct Century Fox hydraulic unit that was used on these tractors in that time period.  Instead of mounting it on the side, he put it on top.  I like it.  It's nice to restore a tractor but I personally would keep the little things that your grandfather did.  It will make the experience even better because it will be more "him".

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Posted December 08, 2014 - 10:09 PM

Welcome Dave!  You've found the most special tractor you can find.  I'm really happy for you.


When you get it going, I think you will be very proud and you'll have a right do it, too!


If you need Wisconsin parts, let me know,  I can help.


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Posted December 09, 2014 - 02:04 PM

Welcome and congrats!


We have a 1952 Economy as well, that rolled off the line only 22 tractors after yours (#2671). It too, has the Wisconsin AEN engine...great little tractor!




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Posted December 09, 2014 - 02:18 PM

Hi Dave in Florida, great story glad you got your Grandpa's tractor it will be special to you as you have good memories of it and will be making good memories of your own, nice looking tractor and welcome to the site.