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.