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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted September 26, 2015 - 08:44 PM

I found these wheels which I originally thought were just bolt on wheel weights that I could put on my Page tractor. The person that I got them from said that he couldn't budge the bolts and would just send them with the tires on them. He was a hard person to deal with and the whole ordeal has taken two months, but I finally got them. Anyway, they are just solid cast rims with a brass bushing in the center. The tires are semi pneumatic industrial tires and they are both shot. These wheels weigh a ton and I've only seen them on the early rear engine Page tractors. I found a replacement pair of the same size tires for these rims for cheap, so I'll be putting these on my '60's Page tractor, since it could use more weight in the front. The replacement 16"x 4" tires are coming on rims that I'll have to destroy to get the tires off. One thing That I was wondering is if these cast front wheels were ever offered with the later Page tractors.

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Posted September 26, 2015 - 08:49 PM

I've only seen those rims on the rear engined rider.


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Posted September 26, 2015 - 08:54 PM

Thanks Doug. I would imagine that the front end would come up real easy on the rear engine rider without these.
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Posted September 26, 2015 - 10:38 PM

Hmmm! Cast and don't un-bolt?  They change like reg wheels then?  Haven't seen like those myself. Not sure why you have to wreck newer wheels to get tires off? Not much of a rim on those cast ones. Would think tire would just pop off when pumped up? These some really Tuff tires that don't flex easy?  I see the bolts in those now, gonna cut them to pull apart and blast and paint?  Square bolts/nuts......ewww!  I hate those.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 04:48 AM

Grumpy, I already loosened the square head bolts to split the rims in half. The bushing will need to be pressed out in order to split the cast rim halves to install the other tires. The tires are pretty stiff industrial tires that are semipneumatic, so they have a sealed air channel in them. There is no need to ever put air in the tires. There is no chance of them rolling off of the rim halves since they are so rigid. This type of tire came on these cast rims originally from Page. I want to use these cast rims on my Page tractor since I could use some weight on the front when I plow. Also, these cast rims match the rear weights on my Page tractor. Eventually I'll be restoring my Page and painting it red like it was originally. I don't mind wrecking the newer stamped steel wheels to get the tires off. I actually had a hard time finding these tires since they don't seem to be common at all. For now, I've been using the tractor to haul stuff around. I have to make a lift handle so that I can raise and lower the plow for snow plowing this winter. Here is a pic of someone's rear engine Page with the cast front wheels.

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:07 AM

Early Page rider, note stamped rear rims (two piece bolt together) and no clutch at rear of engine

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:39 AM

I like those two piece rear rims on that early Page. Thanks for posting the picture, and I hope to run across one of those early Page tractors in the future.
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Posted September 27, 2015 - 09:11 AM

I have a Front Engine Page. The pictures you guys have supplied though different than my tractor have some interesting similarities. Thanks for the Pics. :D  


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 01:46 PM

You're welcome Trail95. You don't see too much info out there regarding the Page tractors. Mine is a '63 or '64 and I like it. It does have some issues and will need some bearings and seals. I'm really looking forward to rebuilding it, most likely next year.
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Posted October 09, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Well this turned out to be like brain surgery getting these tires off of the wheels, death by a thousand cuts. Anyway, one cut off wheel, an hour and a half later, and one tire is free. Gotta paint the page wheels and get these things back together. At least I'll never get a flat front tire!

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Posted October 10, 2015 - 12:17 PM

The Page cast wheels got paint and I can assemble them now. Now I have to paint the rear wheels and weights, then the tractor.

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The cast front wheels are working out well on the tractor. The front end is light on these tractors, and the added weight keeps the front tires planted when steering in the woods. I just rode around cutting up some dead falls and standing dead trees, and I've been hauling away leaves and brush. The tractor runs great and at some point I'll be restoring it. For now I'll just get some use out of it.

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Posted November 06, 2015 - 07:32 PM

The cast front wheels are working out well on the tractor. The front end is light on these tractors, and the added weight keeps the front tires planted when steering in the woods. I just rode around cutting up some dead falls and standing dead trees, and I've been hauling away leaves and brush. The tractor runs great and at some point I'll be restoring it. For now I'll just get some use out of it.

If you get a chance sometime could you take a couple of pics of the steering assembly on your Page. I think the steering on mine is homemade to some degree. Thanks,,

Trace

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Posted November 06, 2015 - 07:53 PM

Trace, your Page is earlier than mine and would have a different steering set up than I have. Mine has an aluminum Ross steering box that's the same as what you would find on a garden tractor, such as a 60's John Deere 110. I've seen at least three different steering set ups on these Page tractors, but I haven't seen another like yours yet. I'll search for more pics of these tractors and see what I can come up with.
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