I think I'll get in on this just for the heck of it. Been wanting to put my 1942 Speedex model B up here for a while. I fear there may be too much competition this month from what has been posted so far but, we'll add one just to add one.
I bought this tractor a few years ago now. Wife and I took a ride out around Akron to pick it up. It wasn't running when I got it. It's not the original engine but it is "correct" as far as I know. The P.O. bought this engine for the tractor but never attempted to get it running. If you saw his project list, you would understand. Good collector with a VERY nice collection of tractors that you don't often see. Anyway, he told me he wouldn't have bought the engine if he didn't think it was going to run. Ok, pretty bold. I mean, I couldn't just look at an engine and know it will run. never know what's lurking inside, right? So we struck a deal and hoisted it up on the truck and headed for home.
Turns out, he was right. The biggest kick I get with this tractor is getting people on the hook by saying "you wouldn't believe what I had to do to that engine to get it to run". They always get real interested and say "what, tell me". I smile and say, "I put gas in it!" It really isn't as simple as that but almost. I had to put a fuel line on it. Not bad for a 1937 briggs. With the engine running I set about stripping it down to repaint. The rear rims were shot and I found matches online and ordered them. The disks inside were ok so I cut them out of the old rims and had someone weld the disks into the new rims and got some good tires from username on this site at a good price (thank you). I also had a friend make new pieces for the steering as the old ones were all cobbled up. There are still some things that aren't "correct" but, overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out. It sure is interesting to drive. For those who are not familiar with these tractors, basically everything is backwards. On this tractor, you have to let off the clutch to disengage the drive train, shift gears and then step on the pedal again to go. Takes some getting used to but it's fun. No brakes makes it even more interesting. I wouldn't want to use this tractor all day long.
Here are some before pics.
And after the redo.