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#1 Bob IN OFFLINE  

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 04:09 PM

Just got this today. Gunstuff1000 went and picked it up for me. Unusual looking tractor. First one I have ever owned. Gona take tires and drive chains but it does run believe it or not. Its very crude looking. The attachment hook up is very fancy. Cant complain, does look like it worked. The motor is pretty good shape. Tires are crap. I believe someone replaced the original wheels. Some were on steel wheels. Im proud of it.  Anyone have any info on these? I know they were made Indianapolis Indiana. The wheels told me so. I thought the front bumper/ hood thing was kind of cool looking.  

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 05:43 PM

It is definitely unique looking. Is it direct sprocket drive to the wheels? I like the front bumper / shield also. I am also amazed at how high everything sits. 



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Posted January 02, 2015 - 06:12 PM

And I saw INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA on it!

 

Nice save.



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Posted January 02, 2015 - 06:54 PM

Nice tractor hauling truck. :thumbs:


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 07:08 PM

Universal Mfg was started by the Mc Clean (pronounced Mc Clane) brothers in 1934. They would buy used Maytag single cylinder engines and rebuild them, build a tractor around it and sell it for 39.95. The first years were steel wheels only. The first year the wheels were too small a diameter and rocks had a tendency to get in the chains and break things. The second year the diameter of the wheels was increased for clearance. They would also sell a tractor without the engine and the customer could supply their own. they made several different items over the years. The Huskee Big Mow was built bby them. There should be some other threads on these tractors on the site. There was also a 4 wheel tractor with the name but I belive it was the same as the motomower and the massey executive.


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Nice tractor hauling truck. :thumbs:

Its my daily drive. 1987 chevy c20. Its not the best looking but it gets the job done.



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Posted January 02, 2015 - 11:29 PM

My first walk behind was a Mclean. I've had it almost 30 years now.

 

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 08:40 AM

Interesting information, Doug.  I tried to buy a McClean at an auction of a large Maytag collector last year.  Good golly.  I hung on to $1000 before I quit, then two other guys chased each other around to almost $2000. 

 

It looked great and was supposed to run.  I loved it and the way it felt.

 

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Interesting information, Doug.  I tried to buy a McClean at an auction of a large Maytag collector last year.  Good golly.  I hung on to $1000 before I quit, then two other guys chased each other around to almost $2000. 

 

It looked great and was supposed to run.  I loved it and the way it felt.

 

Ben W.

Holy mackeral!! I better buy some of these and bring them to VA.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Hey i got a frame with rims and drive sprockets and drive chains and clutches for sale.



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Hey i got a frame with rims and drive sprockets and drive chains and clutches for sale.

Could you get pictures of it?



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Interesting information, Doug.  I tried to buy a McClean at an auction of a large Maytag collector last year.  Good golly.  I hung on to $1000 before I quit, then two other guys chased each other around to almost $2000. 

 

It looked great and was supposed to run.  I loved it and the way it felt.

 

Ben W.

you see this happening more and more, as guys are trying to get the pieces of a full collection. I know I'm paying more than I should for a few thing lately.



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:21 PM

Holy mackeral!! I better buy some of these and bring them to VA.

 

The two that held on and kept fighting was a Maytag collector from New York who wanted it and a local guy who had some sort of connection to it.  I don't remember if a family member owned it, or he worked on it, or if he had one like it.  I forget the exact scenario.  The local guy ended up getting it. 

 

That whole auction was insane.  I think it was the perfect time to sell a McClean for a ridiculous sum of money.  We had Maytag collectors from all over the east coast here.  There were literally almost 100 Maytags in various shapes.  Some were restored immaculately, some were rust piles.  Complete washing machines down to parts. 

 

They had a plain McClean that sold for much less, but it didn't have a Maytag on it.  I didn't buy it since it looked like a bomb hit it.  A Maytag guy bought it too, he was planning to put a Maytag on it. 

 

Ben W.






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