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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted December 14, 2015 - 03:13 AM

My father and I came across this at a friend's place.  My friend says that it's a British drive train, from the rad in the front all the way to the rear end.  I wasn't clear if it's an Austin drive train or Aston Martin, but I'm guessing some sort of Austin drive train.  Anyone recognize the engine and drive train?  I realize I messed up in: (a) not looking for tags myself, and (b) not getting more pictures of the engine.  Anyway, the tractor is also equipped with a high/low range.  

 

The hood and the fenders also puzzle me.  They are very, very well done.  Are they off of something else?  The hood reminds me of a Ford Jubilee, but it's not the same.  Does anyone recognize it?  Something British?  Or is it a very well done home built?

 

I assume that the steering wheel and dash are from a car, but who knows.  Anyone recognize them?  The frame is also partially from a car, from the front end of the tractor to just behind the transmission, and then it's been modified somewhere about half way through..

 

So, I'm thinking this is home built, but if it is, someone did a really nice job of it.  I suppose it could also be a British brand that I'm not familiar with, or perhaps a prototype, but I'm guessing a really nice home built.  The fellow my friend bought it from said it's home built, but another fellow from England had seen it and said that it's not, and that it's a British brand as he saw them when he was growing up.  I don't know.  Any thoughts?  Any insights?  My father is looking at purchasing it so I thought I'd see if you guys were able to shed some light on this unusual little garden tractor.  Regardless of its origins, I think it's pretty neat.

 

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Posted December 14, 2015 - 05:34 AM

I don't think it's home-built. That sheet metal would be real hard to form by hand. Cool machine!


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 06:19 AM

 

I don't think it's home-built. That sheet metal would be real hard to form by hand

I was thinking the  same but did you notice the 70 MPH Speedometer ?  Maybe with the engine it could lol   Pretty neat tractor , hope your dad gets it so we can find out more about it .


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 06:38 AM

I don't think it's home-built. That sheet metal would be real hard to form by hand. Cool machine!

The sheet metal would be really hard to do by hand indeed, both the hood and fenders.  It's pretty nice.  Even the fenders wouldn't be a simple task.

 

I was thinking the  same but did you notice the 70 MPH Speedometer ?  Maybe with the engine it could lol   Pretty neat tractor , hope your dad gets it so we can find out more about it .

Ha!  Maybe not 70mph, but my friend said he got it home, got it running, and had it up to at least 30mph,  He said the thing flies.  He didn't run it long because he said it also has a coolant leak, leaking coolant into the oil.  He didn't want to hurt it so he only ran it for a very short period of time, but he did want to at least try it to see how well it worked.  Then he parked it until he can get around to tearing the engine apart to see what's going on.  Could be relatively simple, or it could not simple and not cheap to fix.  Tough to know until you get into it.  It has to be bought right.  


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 06:53 AM

There are a few features that don't seem as nicely put together as the sheetmetal, and a British vehicle of any kind wouldn't have a speedo with MPH.  I'm thinking it's a nicely done combo/mod.  Some guys are wizards with steel.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 07:46 AM

Yea sum pin up , on one hand the hood and dash are factory like an auto maker decided to try their hand at GTs the speedometer is suspect. but if it was an auto maker they wouldn't change the in stock dash they already have made for their cars maybe shorten the length of the dash keep the gauges since it is mostly a car. At any rate it is a cool looking machine I really like the grille.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 08:36 AM

Buy it!


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 10:08 AM

There are a few features that don't seem as nicely put together as the sheetmetal, and a British vehicle of any kind wouldn't have a speedo with MPH.  I'm thinking it's a nicely done combo/mod.  Some guys are wizards with steel.

Why not? The Brits have always used MPH.

 

It looks a little like an older Ferguson-Brown.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Sheet metal looks to good to be home made. But i've never seen one like that. 

Airport tug? i have no idea!


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 11:06 AM

I don't think it's home-built. That sheet metal would be real hard to form by hand. Cool machine!

Same with me but I have no idea what that is.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 12:17 PM

I sure would like to see this in person. I could probably spend a couple of hours looking this over. Would like to see the underside of the hood to see if there are any weld lines there. There should be a number on the rear end to help identify it. If can be bought it would be a great project. I like the hood release handle on it also. Please keep us informed on this. Looks like a neat tractor. I'm thinking it's a mod / hommade tractor also. Thanks for sharing .                                 Roger



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Posted December 29, 2015 - 05:17 PM

So we ended up bringing this garden tractor home, although I still have no idea what it is. I'm currently on the home built side of the fence, but I'll keep digging until I uncover more of its story (if I uncover more, that is). Anyway, it is definitely an Austin engine and drive train. Here are some more pictures.

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Posted December 29, 2015 - 05:41 PM

Still neat.
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Posted December 29, 2015 - 06:07 PM

Is that 5th pic from the bottom side of the hood?



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Posted December 29, 2015 - 06:18 PM

Is that 5th pic from the bottom side of the hood?

Yes, it's the bottom of the hood.  I took a quick look at it.  Definitely a lot of work went into it.  It may actually be hand made, but I'm not entirely sure.  Parts of it may be off of something else, but it also looks like it's been crafted together, not necessarily stamped.  The tin work on this machine still puzzles me.  Regardless, I really like the thing.  It's quite a machine.


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