Hi. I picked up this tractor from my Aunt about 3 years ago now, her telling me that her father bought it new in 1956. Now, the story goes that her father used the little tractor for around 2 years mowing a rather small and wooded area about 4-5 acre while also pulling small wagon loads of buckets filled with water up from the stream on their property since the little tractor was the only thing they had back then. But...her father was a (big) man standing at about 6'3-6'4 and he could never really quite drive the tractor without hurting his back. He was always reluctant to use the tractor more then needed or so it was for those 2 year's.
Finally after having some back work done at that time her father caved and decided to finally buy another tractor to do the work that the Bantam had done. After buying the new tractor the man had simply moved the Bantam to the side of the small barn that sat towards the end of the property and covered it with a tarp. And there I was told it sat. Her father passed away in 1990 to medical problem's while the old house, barn, and tractor was given over to my Aunt.
I believe in around 1997 the tractor was moved inside the barn to be restored by my Aunts husband but was never to be touched.
Anyway, my Aunt ended up calling me a few years ago after her husband had just passed away wondering if I would be interested in a odd little tractor to work on since she knew I collected odd tractors and farm equipment. When I finally made it over to her house she took me to her shed (which had not been opened in years). The tractor was pitted all over its fenders and the floor pans, the engine solid. Everything was rusted and you were lucky if you could see a speck of orange paint, but it did have surprisingly good original tires on it and a rear that was free turning
That was a few years ago now and I have since got the tractor running with a little original snowplow mounted on it. I'll have some photos in the next day or so.
Edited by BigF30, November 01, 2016 - 08:16 PM.