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#1 Professor1990 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 12, 2016 - 05:25 AM

Have been collecting garden tractors for some time now, but they have all been Wheel Horse brand. That changed this weekend when a friend of mine talked me into buying this old Gilson built Montgomery Wards he had sitting in the back of his shed, picked up this tractor and an antique push mower of some kind from him for $75. Haven't gotten it running yet, but I must say I'm surprised at how solidly built this little tractor is, as I get farther into working on her, I'm sure I will have plenty of questions for y'all lol.

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Posted July 12, 2016 - 05:34 AM

No a bad looking tractor at all.  Looked at a smaller version yesterday. 32" deck under it (I think)  Ignition has been removed.  Wanted $50.  May go back and get it.

 

Who built the engines for Wards back then?  Was it B&S or Tech ?  I have a Ward 5 hp on a sears mounted tiller.  Could not find any numbers on it.


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Posted July 12, 2016 - 05:38 AM

Nice looking tractor!


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Posted July 12, 2016 - 05:56 AM

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Have been collecting garden tractors for some time now, but they have all been Wheel Horse brand. That changed this weekend when a friend of mine talked me into buying this old Gilson built Montgomery Wards he had sitting in the back of his shed, picked up this tractor and an antique push mower of some kind from him for $75. Haven't gotten it running yet, but I must say I'm surprised at how solidly built this little tractor is, as I get farther into working on her, I'm sure I will have plenty of questions for y'all lol.

I like WH but its good to broaden ones horizon do you agree ? after all variety is the spice of life


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Posted July 12, 2016 - 06:30 AM

No a bad looking tractor at all.  Looked at a smaller version yesterday. 32" deck under it (I think)  Ignition has been removed.  Wanted $50.  May go back and get it.
 
Who built the engines for Wards back then?  Was it B&S or Tech ?  I have a Ward 5 hp on a sears mounted tiller.  Could not find any numbers on it.


Mine has a 14HP Briggs on it
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Posted July 12, 2016 - 03:58 PM

Very nice, as you can see my profile picture just picked this up for $800 



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Posted July 13, 2016 - 04:35 PM

Mine has a 14HP Briggs on it

I ran your tractor model number and it is a 1971.

If you haven't found a manual, I will get a copy to you.

Ken



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Posted July 13, 2016 - 07:34 PM

I ran your tractor model number and it is a 1971.
If you haven't found a manual, I will get a copy to you.
Ken


Thanks Ken, wife was just asking me this morning what year that Tractor was and I told her I wasn't sure so that's good to know...I downloaded the pdf link that you sent me the other day for the Gilson hydrostatic models, but that's all I've got so far...wiring diagram should be the same or close, that's the main thing I need right now as someone in the past really butchered the wiring. Thanks again.

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Posted July 13, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Have been collecting garden tractors for some time now, but they have all been Wheel Horse brand. That changed this weekend when a friend of mine talked me into buying this old Gilson built Montgomery Wards he had sitting in the back of his shed, picked up this tractor and an antique push mower of some kind from him for $75. Haven't gotten it running yet, but I must say I'm surprised at how solidly built this little tractor is, as I get farther into working on her, I'm sure I will have plenty of questions for y'all lol.

Really nice tractor Professor and you can't beat the price! That old cast iron Briggs is a real work horse but the flo-jet carbs they used are a little finicky till you get them dialed in. Love my Wheel Horses but there are lots of other tractors out there just waiting to be hauled home regardless of the manufacturer. Keep us posted on your progress.


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