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#226 Lauber1 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 05, 2015 - 10:39 PM

must be a gas job.

yes its the greenest  way you can go.


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Posted June 06, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The most successful one wheel tractor was the Gravely Model D.  Available from the early 1920's to the early 1950's.

 

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Posted June 10, 2015 - 07:38 AM

I've also appreciated the submissions in this forum and thread and have begun poking into the walk behind corners of the garden tractor collecting world here around home.

 

I do have one walk behind that I sought out and kept, with the intention of restoration...it's been a few years in the making, and has led me to watch for this model throughout my Simplicity tractor and memorabilia collecting.  Since this past weekend, I now have 2 of these Wards Culti-Cutters, and one Simplicity badged Model A.

 

This is my first, and the one I would like to complete restoration on.  The day I brought it home....had a 3hp Briggs dated 1978, so someone used this for at least a good 40+ years.  It has sat for quite a while since it's last use.

 

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I had found it outdoors, beside a rural homestead about an hour north of home.

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I was able to find the correct Wards badged Lauson RLC, 3/4hp engine, restored and running well.

 

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I located a few of my missing cultivator parts, and also tracked down a NOS Riverside Powergrip 4-12 tire, which matches the rotted one on my tractor.  So, I have most of the parts, and little of the time needed.  =]

 

Here are the others I brought home.  The Culti-Cutter has a 1hp Lauson RSC, while the Model A has two mystery Briggs (one is 'restored', but in pieces, in boxes).  These showed up here previously, about a year ago, but the Model U Briggs from the Simplicity was sold off  =[

 

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Posted June 10, 2015 - 08:10 PM

That's really neat looking!
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 04:19 PM

Here is my Waterloo 30 with a Simplicity sickle mower.  I had it out mowing the ditches and long grass so I thought I would get some photos.  I had to build an adapter to make the two work together, but it was either that or a new deck for the back of our house.  May have chosen the deck if it hadn't been pouring rain the last couple of days.  Anyway, the adapter is made out of 1/4" plate bent in a U shape with a couple of mounting holes drilled in it.  I also had to extend the engaging rod, but that was just some scrap 1/4" x 1" bar.

 

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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:09 PM

Beautiful machine! Nice adaptation
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Posted June 17, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Speaking of tractor builders with a one track mind, here are some pictures of a Gray Gardeneer.

 

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 04:52 PM

wow that name plate is a hot looking thing!!


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 05:14 PM

wow that name plate is a hot looking thing!!

I don't remember ever seeing one of those that the name tag was nice on. It must have been the first to go. From what i've read, the company is still in business today as Graco.


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Posted June 28, 2015 - 05:57 PM

Got my shaw D2T out of the barn today. I posted pics over the winter and some of you wanted better pics, so here you go. I know this machine has been heavily modified. I don't think the motor mount is correct. The clutch lever is incorrect and the rods for the cultivator frames are wrong. If anyone has good clear pics of those areas please share.image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
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Posted June 29, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Ya'll keep putting things that I've never seen before! Keep 'em coming.


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Posted June 30, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Got my shaw D2T out of the barn today.

 

now that's a machine I could look at for a long time!



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Posted June 30, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Here is my '53 Wards Town-Trac, or better known as a Simplicity Model J.  This popped up here on GTT about a year ago in an inquiry post.  I had the chance recently to purchase it, as I have never seen or heard of another Model J anywhere...much less the Wards counterpart.

 

It's all original, with the Model J tiller attachment.  What is unique about this machine, is that it is the suburban/lawn machine built by Simplicity, and it simply is nonexistent.  It does not use standard Simplicity walker attachments, does not have a Simplicity transmission of the era and does not have pneumatic tires.  It's pretty small...kinda strikes me as the 'Mantis' of that day.  

 

I have always watched for one since they appear so much different than anything else Simplicity built, and because it only appeared for that one model year.  It has an early '53 Briggs Model 6, which appears to be original to the machine (J's were said to have used the Model 6).  The tiller tines show little wear, and the worst of it's condition is oil/grime which I am hesitant to remove at this stage in the game.

 

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The engine lifts on it's mounting plate to engage the belt drive.  The drive goes straight to the implements chain drive...so after the engine is started, the engine is lifted and you're tillin'.  There is a separate engagement from that point, that swings the implement drive's rubber tooth sprockets into contact with matching drive wheels to put it in forward motion.  There is only one speed and no reverse.  The kickstand appears original, but the retention spring has snapped.

 

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I also snatched up the few original print magazine ads for this model, that were on ebay.  They were those types of items that you see listed for years, and always thing "it would be neat to have that tractor".  They should compliment the tractor nicely.

 

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I'm not sure that I will remain in the walker business...I have to get some funds back in the kitty at home, and I'm flat out of room, but I jumped on this because I believe it to be THE most obscure machine that Simplicity ever built....and I'm a sucker for that kind of thing  :thumbs:


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Posted June 30, 2015 - 01:51 PM

Nice tractor in nice original condition. Here are two scans from the 1953 Wards Farm Catalog. The same
pages are also in the 1954 catalog. These old Wards and Sears catalogs have a wealth of information.

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Posted June 30, 2015 - 03:02 PM

Nice tractor in nice original condition. Here are two scans from the 1953 Wards Farm Catalog. The same
pages are also in the 1954 catalog. These old Wards and Sears catalogs have a wealth of information.

Cliff

 

 

Thank you!!  I have the Wards Farm Catalog for some of my other Wards tractors, and have been eagerly looking for the '53 (and now '54) WFC.  This is the first time I've seen the images above...I greatly appreciate it!  If anyone spots another catalog, I would be grateful for a heads up!






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