So last fall I picked up another Empire 3 hp walker at a auction over a long long winter I got a idea since I had 2 3 hp Empires why not try something different ? So I started out great a friend gave me a Wisconsin THD engine for free was not sure what to do with it but thought it would come in handy or some one else could use it . Empire made three walkers a 1.5 hp, a 3 hp and the largest one a 6 hp , after looking at the pictures I thought if I removed the current Briggs Model B 3 hp and replace it with a Briggs Model ZZ and changed the wheels from 16 inch to the larger 7.50 x 18 I could have a Model C Empire. So far so good I thought.
I swapped the Wisconsin engine for a pair of 7.50 x 18" wheels and painted them green in the basement mostly to stave off cabin fever and then bought a 6 hp Briggs .While it was not a exact match the 1937 Briggs Z with a nice brass tag was close.So now I get the measuring tape out .... the Z bolt pattern is longer and wider then the B . So there I am done like dinner. I now assume the factory cast up a larger framed tractor which looks the same in the pictures to the 3 hp unit. I did learn the inventors name it is Farthing like the British coin . So at least I know what doesn,t work back to the drawing board. Cheers Mike