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#1 Rustysteele OFFLINE  

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Posted July 04, 2015 - 04:19 PM

Here`s an unusual tractor I bought many years ago, and have never been able to find out what it is. I`m thinking it is from the early 1920`s or before, it had a tiny engine (missing) by the base of the handles, with a chain drive to the upper shaft, which went to the front, chain drive down to the clutch, transmission, and cut-down Model T Ford rear end. It has pipe for handles, but there are enough castings to show that this wasn`t a home-made tractor. WHAT IS IT? I bought it many years ago from an engine collector, and the mounting spots for the engine were still nice and shiny with grease around it where the engine had been recently removed, but the seller claims no engine was on it, so another question is what engine was on it? It has a very narrow space for the engine, so I`m thinking perhaps a 2-cycle one, maybe similar to the Sprywheel ,engines. HELP!

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Posted July 04, 2015 - 08:12 PM

Boy, that would have to be a skinny engine.
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Posted July 04, 2015 - 09:13 PM

 

That`s one reason I`m curious as to what engine went on it. I don`t know of any engines from that time period that would have been that skinny looking at the flywheel side.



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Posted July 05, 2015 - 01:51 AM

Can you post a better picture of the mounting and some dimensions? What would the hole in the side shield have been for, cranking?


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Posted July 05, 2015 - 04:00 AM

LOOKS LIKE THE TIN KNOCKERS SPECIAL!



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Posted July 05, 2015 - 10:46 AM

From the looks of the handles the original owner was a plumber. Innovative.


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Posted July 05, 2015 - 05:47 PM

Here are some picts of the engine compartment. It is only 11" wide and 8" deep, and the mounting holes are 5 3/8" X 3 3/4". I don`t know of any engine from the early 1920`s or earlier that would fit in there that would have enough power to run this. There is a cut out on either side of it, probably a muffler on one side and carb on the other.

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Posted July 05, 2015 - 09:37 PM

I'd say it's a fair guess that it originally had wood handles. 


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Posted July 05, 2015 - 09:39 PM

Bill,
Do you think the engine could have been mounted on a platform and the drive sprocket was above the
big driven sprocket on the tractor?

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Posted July 05, 2015 - 10:58 PM

I doubt that the engine mounted above the drive sprocket, there`s no sign of anything being mounted up like that, and the space under the sprocket looks like an engine was there. It`s also a narrow tractor, too much weight high like that would have made it very tipsy.


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