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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 08:06 PM

My Dad asked me if I could help him this evening. Years ago, he bought a non-running tractor & just hasn't gotten it home. Some of the pieces (mag, carb, tin), but not the tractor. Well, that farm is up for sale & Dad thought it was time to go get it. The pistons are out of it, but he thinks he has found a set that will work. Also one connecting rod is broken, he'll have to have one made. This is WAY down the line, (maybe never) but he just couldn't let it go. The only thing missing on the outside is the rope to shift it with & the seat. Both of which he has managed to round up.

If the carb, mag & pistons work out, it may not be too bad a job to put it together again.

It's a 1919 General Tractor Co model 8-12. Can't even find a google picture of one, & I've only seen one other. If anyone else has one, please let me know.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 08:38 PM

that thing looks articulated, are my eyes stupid? lol
also, be a heck of an electric conversion project lol.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 10:24 PM

You just have to save something like that. Great find

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 04:27 AM

That will be cool if it ever gets it restored.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 05:06 AM

That is one neat tractor.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 05:19 AM

That is a heck of a beast. Would be awesome if you guys get it running again. It does look like it is articulated. If you guys get it running and since it already has a bottom plow, you will have to use it at a plow day :D

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 05:44 AM

That is a wonderful piece of old iron!!!!! Even if it never goes back together as a running piece it is too much history to let it get scrapped.
Great save.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 06:59 AM

I like it! Keep us posted on the progress, I really want to see that thing brought back to life.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 07:04 AM

Yes, it is articulated. The sulky comes off and there were possibly other adaptations for horse drawn equip. The big upside down "U" on the front is actually a kickstand to hold the motor up if the sulky/plow is disconnected.

Talked to Dad last night, he has the serial as #260. There doesn't seem to be a year to sn available, so somewhere between 1919 & 1925 depending on how many they sold.

The pulley on the top of the engine is actually the shifter. There is a rope that comes from the operator, thru a hole above the steering wheel, around the pulley, then back again. Kind of like reins.

Edited by MH81, March 24, 2011 - 07:11 AM.


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Posted March 24, 2011 - 07:25 AM

That's one of the neatest pieces of equipment I've seen in a long time. Boy, I hope you can get it running/restored. What a great piece of history!

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 08:15 AM

That is going to make a great restoration piece when your done . I would have liked to seen it being used and what implenments would have gone with it . If you ever find old pictures of that please post them for us , Al

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 08:22 AM

That is one neat Tractor :bounce:

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 08:22 AM

That is a great find. You really need to restore it.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 10:01 AM

That is a great find. You really need to restore it.


It MUST be restored for sure! Must be extremely rare....never seen one, but know of the "General" name. If you & your Dad decide not to restore, maybe you can find someone who would love to own & restore it. Not trying to tell you what to do, but would be a shame not to restore it. Awesome find! Thanks for the pics, & keep us tuned in.

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Posted March 25, 2011 - 02:42 AM

That's just coool!!!!!!!!!!




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