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#1 farmerall OFFLINE  

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 08:17 PM

Tomorrow I will be going to pick up this old Cushman Truckster. I have been trying to buy it for a few years now and it hasn't been for sale. Now it's in the way so it's up for sale and I got the first chance. I don't know much about it other than its been sitting for at least 6 years. I will get some more pictures tomorrow after I bring it home.

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 08:33 PM

My good friend was just given two of the Cushman's, I don't know if your willing to travel to Illinois but he is trying to get rid of them. One runs and is in good condition and the other is pretty descent.
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Posted December 02, 2015 - 09:54 PM

Those are so kewell!  Always wanted one of my own but not sure what I'd do with one if I had it.  I live 8 miles from town and they don't go but 35 or so.  

 

When I was growing up we had a Mailster [truckster with enclosed fiberglass box on the back].  I ran the wheels off that thing. It had a full cab with the curved windshield.

One time I was teaching my sister how to drive it including the fundamentals of a three-on-the-tree.  She cut a corner too early and hit dads '65 Impala SS-396 4 speed convert.  We got grounded for that one and had to park it for a while. :(


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Posted December 03, 2015 - 05:35 AM

My kids hit my '67 Impala SS with a golf cart, thankfully they barely bumped it and I was just starting the restoration anyway. Worst part was, they were 24 and 20 at the time!
I want a four wheel Truckster with a cab, no idea why.
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Posted December 03, 2015 - 08:17 AM

We've got a longer one with a bed here at work. Maintenance used to use it to drive around the plant, now it's been shoved in a corner for the last 5-6 yrs after they got tired of replacing the batteries.

Wonder if I could get it and swap in a gas motor?.... UUHMMM, the possibilities :D


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Posted December 03, 2015 - 03:15 PM

Those old Cushman work vehicle are neat. For years I wanted to own one but could not locate one in my price range.

Enjoy yours.  :thumbs:



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Posted December 03, 2015 - 05:26 PM

Did you get it yet?

 

:wewantpics: :wewantpics: :bigrofl:



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Posted December 03, 2015 - 07:29 PM

Here are some more pictures from today. I didn't do much other than roll it off the trailer and mount the bed. It's going to be a lot of work but I'm looking forward to it. In the end it will be a useful machine. In the next few days I'll go pick up the parts machine. I paid 200 for everything which I think is a fair price.

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Posted December 03, 2015 - 08:44 PM

Don't know if you all are interested but the guy with the Cushman's gave them away! He is a major rrestoreguy and always has two or ten projects going, never seen that quality of work aanywhere else. He was a tunnel rat in Nam and also a gunsmith, he can make anything from scratch. Anyhow he was showing me a Cushman trackster on epay never knew they made those but one of the coolest things I have seen, tracks look to be set up like a tank idlers and all!
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Posted December 04, 2015 - 06:29 AM

Funny , JD makes their   Gator with a single wheel and a cheesy dump bed and everyone went crazy for them .   People thought it was something new ,, nope just changed enough ( OK green enough )   to sell


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Cushman made so many cool products. The trackster, the trailster, tons of bikes road legal and non, and so many styles of gas diesel and electric 3 and 4 wheel vehicles.

I had a 50s Cushman barrel spring eagle back a few years ago. It was a blast to ride. Many people upgrade them to the vanguard twins and run them on the highway.

This one isn't or wasn't mine but identical other than color.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 08:55 PM

I had some spare time today so I put a battery in the Cushman and poured some gas down the carb. To my surpise the engine fired and seemed to run ok. Now the fuel system and a mouse nest need cleaned out so it will run on its own again.

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 11:00 PM

You did good on that deal. Your real lucky it had that VW gas cap on it or he would have got twice what you paid for it.  :smilewink:

On the serious side, Wear a good dust mask when working around those mouse nests. The Hantavirus Pulmonary syndrome is just one of the diseases that can be aquired by inhaling the dust from a mouse nest.


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Posted December 07, 2015 - 09:11 AM

Nice score, for sure. Look forward to seeing your progress with it.


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Posted December 07, 2015 - 08:52 PM

Today I worked on the carb. The stock fuel inlet elbow broke so I replaced it with a metal elbow from a Briggs carb. After digging through my boxes of misc. tools I basically hit the lottery and found that I had the correct size tap. With some minor work I had the new elbow in and the pictures tell the rest of the story.

 

How'd I do? I think it turned out ok, l was figuring it out and learning as I went. It's not the prettiest.

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