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#1 Matt O OFFLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 05:27 AM

I just purchased a 2 wheel David Bradley model 5751   series 153. can anyone tell me anything about this tractor? maybe some history?  one problem I have is the PO gave me the original engine separately because the tractor has been repowered . the "original" engine is a Clinton but from what I have read it should be a Briggs. Any chance the Clinton is original? Any help would be great, Thank You.  More pics later today!

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 05:48 AM

No, David Bradley never powered any of their tractors with Clintons or had any affiliations with Clinton. Montgomery Wards sold Clinton engines and Clinton powered tractors and such. The model 5751 was powered by the Briggs model 6.

 

The only other engine DB (David Bradley) ever used on their walk behind tractors was the AU series Continental engines and that was for about 2 years due to the workers at the Briggs plant on strike at the time.

 

The 5751 garden tractor is the first of that type walk behind and depending on how early your tractor was built, may or may not have the tool attachment saddle bar, if so, it may have the early type. The David Bradley walk behind's history dates back to the pre-war Handiman walk behind tractors which eventually became the post-war walk behinds. It was built and marketed for the after war boom as a nimble, affordable, dependable replacement to the single horse type market gardeners and landowners and is a precursor to the eventual rise to riding garden tractors.

 

Please upload several pictures of different angles of the tractor and Clinton engine so I can track down the year and type of the engine and so we can help you identify any changes undoubtedly made to the tractor as it passed through time and different owners.


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:54 AM

that's awesome Trowel, Thank You.  If you need any more pics just let me know. the first picture were weights hanging on the rear hitch, are they factory or homemade?

 

 

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:57 AM

More pics

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:59 AM

and more

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 08:01 AM

and some more

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 08:53 AM

Morning and welcome to GT Talk.

 

Depending on your intentions of restoring the tractor to originality or as a functional yard worker I will outline it's good and bad points.

 

Thankfully most of the tractor is original which is rather rare for the first models, I have restored worse to originality. I see yours is the later type with the predrilled holes on the mangled bar that connects the handle bars together above the homebuilt hitch, speaking of which the owner or before him added the rear hitch due to the lack of the tool attachment saddle bar, as to why is unknown considering the holes are there but the tractor may have been shipped to the owner without the addle bar but no worries for the right saddle bar is obtainable fairly easy. The throttle lever is original as so is the clutch lever and rod but the tension spring is missing hence the reason there is nothing between the rod and the clutch lever, also obtainable.

 

The tire chains and tension springs are original to the year of the tractor as so are the hubs and rims from what I can see. On the right axle I see a drive pulley not original to the tractor and can assume it was added to power a sickle mower, a common application for the time period of the tractor before rotary mowers became the norm. The hood looks to be in excellent shape overall with the exception of the hole in the front right side of the hood undoubtedly made when the tractor was repowered with the Clinton engine, one of which I find very amusing considering the engine will fill with water if left outside which states to me the condition of the engines will leave much to be desired and probably the reason why the engine no longer run. The original engine exhaust hole for the Briggs model 6 engine is on the front of the hood just below and between the louvers. Not evident in the picture is the hood latch which hopefully is still present on the fuel tank mount above the tractor's gear box and the hood catches on the front of the hood. Also not evident is the hood hinge brackets. Further pictures of the insides of the hood will reveal what is there or not.

 

The weight is not original, it is two rail road track plates bolted together. The front engine mounting plate and attachment mounts look to be unmolested including the removable dozer plow which retains the original bar that bolts to the tool carry mount under the engine mount,

 

Thankfully from what I can see the fuel tank looks to be in good shape along with the original Briggs fuel bowl attached to the bottom but I see something interesting attached to the bottom of the fuel bowl and can assume the glass bowl was damaged and what I am looking at is a plug of some sort. The fuel tank filler cap and brass fuel tube is original but the fuel tube has been bent to a different direction to accommodate the Clinton engine. I see no fuel tank straps on the tank mount seated directly above the tractor's gear box.

 

The Clinton engine is something of a cluster missing the flywheel cooling shroud and the points tin cover. Interestingly I see a partially exposed paper type identification tag on the cooling fin cover and a early type Walboro carb which tells me the engine is of a numbers series but still retaining the thumb type oil dipstick the 3 hp model B and 4 hp D series used. A quick search through my Clinton manuals will confirm it's build years and exact model numbers.

 

Other members of this forum will be able to fill in what I missed. Overall I would rate your tractor in fair to good condition taking into account the year it was built, 1947 to 1948 and rebuildable and well enough to be put back into service for the next 20 years.

 

The day is nice outside and calling me and I must comply, I wish you a great day.


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Posted May 04, 2015 - 07:16 AM

Thank you so much trowel, I appreciate you taking the time to look at the pictures and giving me some very useful info. As for the parts I'm missing (including an engine) do you have any sources where I may be able to find the parts? I see some briggs model 6' s on ebay but they have a square gastank. Can I just take the tank off one of them and use it for my application or am I looking for a specific style of the engine? Thank you!




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