Apparentlyy it's been in a barn for the last 30 some years after they busted the drive. At one time they tried to lift it for whatever reason from those brackets, and that's how they messed it up, and then just parked it. As you can see in the pictures I have added some new metal in certain places, and the angle iron verticals needed tweeking, and rewelded(one was completely missing). Up to this point all I know for sure is the front axle looks to be homebuilt, the tranny is from a dodge truck 37-40, and the engine is a 43 Briggs ZZ. It's a little scary but fun to drive. I'm thinking I'm going to add a kill switch up by the steering wheel for safety, but I just got it running, so I'll add that later.
One unique feature that caught my eye was the starter. To my knowledge Briggs did not have electric start in these, and the orientation of the starter is odd. Also, the bracket that holds it on is cast aluminum or the like which is rather odd, but cool non the less. The WHOLE engine is cast iron including the blower shroud. I had to pull the shroud and flywheelt to get to the points of clean them, and also noticed the flywheel screen is factory riveted to the shroud, so is this an oddball Briggs electric start?? Either way, it's neat feature. Here are some pics as promised. The last 2 pictures are when I got it, and if you look closely you can see the fixes I made to bring her back to life.
Edited by stiemmy, June 27, 2015 - 05:17 PM.