I'd like to nominate my 1919 Midwest Utilitor garden tractor with matching cart.
Bought this one at auction in the summer of 2015. It had been sitting as a static display in a private museum, and not run for quite some time. Got it running with just a filing of the points and some new gas. Had some oiling problems initially but they somehow healed themselves. I tore into the crankcase but found nothing wrong. The tractor runs good, but it's very crude and primitive design makes it a handful to operate. The tractor shakes and rattles when running. This was before the counter-balance and rubber mounts of small engines. Straight cut drive gears are noisy and only add to the vibrations.
With no governor on the engine, constant attention is required on the throttle. There is only one speed forward and no reverse. Transmission doesn't even have a neutral. The clutch has a lock on the handle to hold it disengaged and stop the tractor from driving. Luckily there are independent turning clutches so turning is actually easy but with the large lugs its not going to turn very sharp.
The engines crankshaft runs through the drive wheels with a flywheel on each side. Makes for built-in wheel weights. One flywheel has the crank for starting and the other side has a flat-belt pulley to power freestanding attachments. The lugs would have to be removed from the right-side drive wheel so they didn't interfere with the belt. Narrower lugs were offered so you could use the belt pulley without lug removal. There is no provision for a belt pulley clutch. If the engine is turning so is the pulley.
Engine is a single cylinder of about 4 horsepower. Water cooled, the front of the hood holds a neat little radiator with a flat belt driving the fan blade. Magneto ignition provides the spark with impulse feature for easier starting.
The cart came with the tractor and I believe its much more modern and fully homemade. The boards show no sign of wear. Someone did a whale of a job building it! The design is period correct and old style square hardware was used throughout. I've ridden the cart around quite a bit but its just too nice to haul anything in. The tongue of the cart sports its own toolbox and oil can holder with the old-style, bottom pump "clicker" oil can.
The seat pulls out easily and I always remove it and the tailgate for transport to shows. Those two pieces get wrapped in an old blanket for protection and secured for transport.
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Edited by Gtractor, October 08, 2016 - 04:08 PM.