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#1 MikeS OFFLINE  

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 06:34 AM

I was at a local festival parade Saturday was a week ago with my two year old grandson. A young boy drove by on a small tractor that appeared to have Farmall decals on it. My grandson said I want one of those, so I made it my mission to find him a small vintage tractor. I know nothing about garden tractors except I have a John Deere 717A I mow my lawn with.

This past Friday I came across a Wheel Horse, knowing nothing about them except I liked the look I purchased it. The motor would not crank so I removed it a put a cheap Harbor Freight motor on it just so my grandson could ride it. Could any one tell me what I have and the value of it, any recommendation on restoring it ? If any one knows where I might get it restored in the North Carolina area. Thanks for any help given. First picture is during time of purchase, second picture I brought it home sprayed it off and changed motor out.

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#2 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 06:47 AM

:welcome: to GTTalk
I moved your post out of the other thread so more of the guys will see it.
The engine that was on it, wasn't original anyways, so the repower is no harm/no foul
I will defer to the experts on the rest.
BTW :thumbs: to Grandpa.
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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:09 AM

It's a 1960 or 1961 I would guess. Looks great the way it is have fun with it that's the value I would put on it

Edited by jabelman, September 27, 2015 - 07:12 AM.

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:15 AM

:welcometogttalk:  Some of the wheel horse guys will be along to give you better advice, but I agree with MH81 . The important thing is you've got something for you and your grandson to have fun together with.  I does look in good shape, but i couldn't tell you what belongs and what doesn't . Enjoy the site.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:26 AM

I wish I had a grandpa like you when I was a kid , Welcome to the site , you will find all the info in the world right here on this site , I am also new on here and cant believe al the info I have found :urock:


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:29 AM

IMG_0786.JPG Welcome aboard I think your tractor is a 1961 551 model it should have a Tecumseh 5.5 hp engine. When restored properly that little GT is worth quite a few bucks, and is a desired model by collectors of Wheel Horse.


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#7 MikeS OFFLINE  

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:36 AM

Thank you for the info so far

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 07:50 AM

:thumbs: Way to go Grandpa!   Grandson will have a great time.   :dancingbanana:    Rick

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 08:13 AM

Nice job Grandpa! That is a really nice little piece of history there for you and your Grandson! You will learn TONS of stuff about it here.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 08:18 AM

:welcometogttalk:  I am not well educated on the really early models, but it looks to be in very good condition and it is very desirable! Enjoy!


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Welcome aboard Mike.  I'm not an expert with Wheel Horse and the value so like MH81 I will defer that to the more knowledgeable.  On the other hand from one Grandpa to another the value of just the time and enjoyment you will have with your grandson and that tractor out weight any $$$ value in my book.  Watching them explore and figure things out is priceless.  :thumbs:


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Welcome to GTT. Congrats on finding a nice toy for your grandson. Those models were known as "nut roasters" for obvious reasons so, make sure he wears long heavy jeans and is carefull. It will be alot of fun for the both of you. Check out our Manuals Section for 3 free downloads per day. You can start out with a cart behind the tractor for him to ride in and then let him drive while you walk along side. Be sure that he can't fall off. Shades of 20 years ago with my son. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted September 27, 2015 - 01:20 PM

Thanks Rick the "nut roaster" name fits we quickly found that out. Just got it going yesterday and already having a blast !


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 02:21 PM

Thanks Rick the "nut roaster" name fits we quickly found that out. Just got it going yesterday and already having a blast !


One thing about GTs is that they tend to multiply. Its more of an addiction than a hobby. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted September 27, 2015 - 06:00 PM

That is a fact!

2 weeks ago we picked up a WH for my step-daughter and now she is already looking for another one!


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