Bought this 1948 Waterbury-built Wards last July. This pic was posted back then, so many of you have seen it before.
The tractor is pretty rough. I just wanted the tires for my much nicer Waterbury. Had the Clinton engine running last winter. Runs great but has a knock. Its not original to the tractor.
At work we have a MEGA-high-dollar John Deere Steam cleaner/pressure washer. Needed to steam some of the crud off my pickup tranny while I have it out for clutch replacement so I took these wheels to work today also. The wheels had two different colors of rattle-can paint all over. Even on the sidewalls of the tires. It was slow like sandblasting but most of the paint came off. Even removed some of the factory wheel paint. When they dried I could see I didn't get near all the dirt off the tires but they are much better than they were.
After work I took a hand held wire brush to the tires to remove more of the paint the washer missed and it made the tires shine. They are dry in the pic with no rubber dressing. Tires are not great but they are decent, very usable, and hold air. Total investment for complete tractor, engine, and tires, $15.
Edited by Gtractor, April 06, 2016 - 06:48 PM.