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Picked up an old Gibson Model D yesterday.


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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 06:40 PM

I've been looking for Gibson for a reasonable price for a while and came across this one. My buddy picked me up and we made the two hour trip to go get it. Someone added headlights, a GM alternator, an old DC generator with an outlet box, and a battery. Looks a bit strange, but the tractor is in good shape. It was bitter cold out, so we didn't start the tractor. The seller said that it ran real well, but the front transmission seal needed to be replaced. He was very polite and sounded very honest, so I took his word for it. After a good long conversation, we loaded up the tractor, half frozen, and headed home. Today, I topped off the engine oil, drained the fuel sediment bowl, put some fresh gas in it, and it fired up after a few pulls. No knocks or funny noises, and no smoke! I let it warm up, put it in gear and let off the clutch. The tractor didn't move and the engine labored. I had a feeling that I knew what it was. I popped the top cover off of the transmission and there was some water frozen in the bottom of the case under the oil. Luckily nothing was rusty in the transmission. I thawed and drained the transmission and put fresh oil in it. I started the tractor and drove it around until I couldn't feel my toes and finger tips, HA! What a cool little tractor to ride around, and yup, the front tranny seal leaks as he said. The engine and transmission will both get new gaskets and seals, but mechanically everything works fine, so I plan on bringing it back to it's original state and fresh paint.

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Edited by classic, February 15, 2016 - 06:59 PM.

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 06:45 PM

I know that it has the wrong seat on it, but it was the correct seat for February 14th. I just noticed this today.

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 06:45 PM

Wow! Nice Find! :thumbs:


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 07:26 PM

I took some pics of a few lawn ornaments along the way.

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 07:46 PM

Boy, they sure didn't spare any steel building that did they?  Looks like locomotive parts.

 

Nice tractor.


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 07:49 PM

great gibson a friend of has 1. sometimes you need 3 arms to drive it. I like the lights on it gives it neat look
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 07:54 PM

nice find thanks for the pictures


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:03 PM

Good score there!


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:07 PM

The DC generator and control box are ancient. I found the serial number on the frame of the tractor, and there is a number stamped on the generator tag. The strange thing is that the number 8 on the generator tag and the number 8 in the tractor serial number look nearly identical.

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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:18 PM

Nice find, the lights make it look kind of bug eyed
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:23 PM

Heck the gen and Lights both look old like the tractor. Kinda like "options" for the days it was used. Might consider leaving those on and be different than the Cookie Cutter ones at the shows?? 


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:28 PM

I will have to ask my friend he has alot of info when he restored his. strangely his gibson we found out belonged to my wife's great aunt and uncle (small world)
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:32 PM

I'm thinking what you are thinking, Gl. I think it's too much of a coincidence that the number eights are the same font and size. The headlight wiring is the old cloth stuff.
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:34 PM

jableman, now THAT is something else!
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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:36 PM

Nice score! Did you get the rest of the snow plow? I see it has the frame on it.
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