I will get some pictures. I Promise!
I have been checking on this David Bradely site for several weeks since the new to us DB made it into the garage.
This tractor came from my wifes Dads place and had belonged to her grandfather.
It set in a shed with a roof over it but the west wall was open and it has seen some weather.. The sheet metal seems to be in fair shape.
It has a cultivator frame and several blades about 2 inches wide on each side.
The cultivator wheels are rusted away and need replaced. Anyone have a set that they would sell/ trade?
So I brought this machine home several months ago and Cheryl kept asking if I had got it running yet?
Figured I better move this project up the list, so I put in in front of her new kitchen that she has wanted forever and my new garage that I need:)
The Sears (Briggs) engine was still free after all these years and felt like it still had a little compression!
Weeks ago I had change the plug put some gas in and it ran out the bottom of the carb. That lead to a total carb rebuild with several parts located at a small engine repair shop. Thanks to a old timer that loves these engines.
I still dont know the year built, but guessing early 50's was when it was made? More research on that. You folks may know when I get the pictures loaded.
It may be the original engine? So total carb rebuit yesterday. I needed a new emlusion tube, main needle valve, body gasket and upper carb to mainfold gasket.
Couple days ago I checked for spark and had none. Proceeded to strip the nut on the crank shaft! (forgot it might be left handed)! Cleaned up the left hand threads on the crank and friend Gary had a 1/2-20 left hand nut. Wow that was close to ruining this whole project!
While the fly wheel was off, checked the points and filed and cleaned them. Tightened the ground screw for the points, cleaned up the mag surfaces. replaced spark plug wire. We then had good spark.
Yesterday, Routed new 7 foot throttle cable and got that all set and working. Was tickled that the original throttle handle was able to be saved! Glad I took a few pictures as I disassemble. That helped. The machine got degreased and pressure washed to remove that protective coating of grease and grime.
Cleaned tank and fuel line today.
Fresh gas, several pulls of the cord nothing. A little gas leaking out, here and there, tighten fittings.
So dad always said "the engine should run with gas, spark and compression!" I think I have all three. Just did not seem to want to pop. Then I saw a slite whiff of smoke from the exhaust. I placed my thumb over the end of the exhaust while pulling the rip cord and she poped twice. Seemed like that helped suck some gas into the cylinder? Couiple more pulls and the little Briggs engine was alive! Great feeling like when I was a kid! Adjusted the needle vavles a little. Blipped the trotttle several times and she settled down and ran better than a lot of new engines! What A sweet sound! Put the drive belt on and took the DB for a little spin in the yard. It has been 50 years since I drove one of these, We had one and my grandfather traded it for a pony for me.
(found a few pictures to start)