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#1 tractormike OFFLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:34 PM

Well here are a couple of pictures of one of the to many projects and to much work I have been up to. A friend wants me to see if I can get his grandfather's Coop # 2 tractor running. It has sat for the last 30 years since it was driven into a shed. These tractors were built and sold through the local Farmers Cooperative in the late 1930's and the very early 1940's. They used a 6 cylinder flat head Chrysler engine, a 5 speed truck transmission, a truck ( Mack ? ) rear end and has 28 inch rear tractor tires. The frame is plate steel. These tractors would do close to 40 miles an hour in road gear! The tractor was rated at 30 horsepower at 1500 rpm.
The tires all were flat but after pumping them up all 4 are holding air! The engine wasn't locked up but one valve is stuck tight and will not let the engine turn when the lifter gets up against that valve. I took off the manifold and have been spraying PB Blaster on the valve stem and taping it with a hammer lightly every once in a while as I work on the rest of the tractor. The tranny wouldn't shift from the shifting forks being dry and I suppose a bit rusty but several doses of PB down along the shifting lever and repeated attempts at shifting, it has that broke loose and shifting now. The clutch releases, the starter will turn and after filing and cleaning the points I have spark. The next big step ahead will be if I can get that stuck valve loose. I hope I can get it running in time for our tractor show on June 25th.
Here are some pictures of the beast. They sure don't make them like this anymore!!!!

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:41 PM

That's one unique old tractor! Have fun working with it Mike.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:43 PM

I like it, great project.

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 04:37 AM

That's cool,it's going to be a nice one if/when you get it done.

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 05:40 AM

Definitely different. All that room above the engine. Looks like you could fit another engine in there. I think you will have it running in not time. :thumbs:

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 07:10 AM

That is really cool! For one, I think I will stand in the "make it run and work, and keep it all original" crowd. I would love to see it with the hood on it, I can make out the Co-OP name painted on the side still! Very cool tractor indeed!

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Posted May 26, 2011 - 08:29 AM

Interesting construction. In some ways it resembles a more modern small tractor frame with plate used for the frame members. It's rivetted together as electric welding wasn't available then. It will make a nice restoration project.

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Posted May 27, 2011 - 12:15 PM

Great old tractor,:thumbs: Not seen one of that style Coop in person before, just the later row crops. Hopefully that valve will break loose and you can try to get it fired up.

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Posted June 13, 2011 - 09:14 PM

GOOD NEWS GUYS! I managed to get the valve loose tonight!!!!!! I have the manifolds back on it and tomorrow night we try and bring the old girl back to life for the first time in 30 years!

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Posted June 14, 2011 - 09:24 PM

Here is a video of the first time the old Coop tractor ran since it was parked in a shed 30 years ago. It smoked quite a bit at first from the oil I put down the cylinders but after about an hour of run time it smoothed right out and ran very well.
The original owners son got to see it running and driving tonight. He never thought he would see it run again. He was pretty excited to her her run again

YouTube - ‪Coop # 2 first start in 30 years.AVI‬‏

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsxz3o2QmFw

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Posted June 14, 2011 - 09:34 PM

Mike, That tractor runs very well, Really nice job getting it up and running...

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Posted June 15, 2011 - 06:54 AM

Good to see old iron running again. Great job. Looks like your persistence paid off.

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Posted June 15, 2011 - 08:10 AM

That is awesome how good it runs for sitting for 30 years. Nice job

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Posted June 15, 2011 - 11:04 AM

Thats sounds better than my cars! Great that yall got it going.

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Posted June 15, 2011 - 11:39 AM

She sounds great Mike! Thanks for the video!




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