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#1 El Exorcisto OFFLINE  

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Posted June 20, 2011 - 11:05 PM

Here is the two wheeler my dad picked up along with my GardenAid. It's a Midland, but there are a few questions he has about it. The first one is, how does one mount a front implement on this frame?
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Is the Lausen engine original? Does anyone have any idea how old it is?
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His still has the original rubber on it, and it looks like it's in brand new condition. We need to get a classier looking air cleaner at some point, but it already runs really well. He mainly got it for dragging feed and building material up the hill behind his house, and to drag firewood down. Plowing and harrowing are on the menu too, but just for cutting in the garden every year.

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Posted June 20, 2011 - 11:42 PM

It's older than mine, but in really good shape. Someone loved it & did a nice job on a partial restoration.

The front plate looks different than mine. There's no attachment point for the plow or reel mower. I think it may have had a transplant & needed a place for the mounts. But they did a great job. As for power, I think you'll be fine, put some weights & chains on it tho... before I did, mine would "wobble" on hillsides. Kinda get to lurching under load and wanted to rock back and forth a little. Especially if your pull wasn't straight.

BTW, that handle in the middle is a "Reverse" knob. It would pull a friction disc against the belt somehow & cause a reverse rotation. Looks like that part is gone.

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Posted June 21, 2011 - 12:36 AM

Oh it has a sick amount of power. We did a lap up and down my parents' hill and had no problems with traction or lurching at all. MH81, does yours have a Lausen? Can you post a good pic of the missing part you're talking about?

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Posted June 21, 2011 - 12:37 AM

Yeah, I will have to dig back to it... :)

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Posted June 21, 2011 - 07:08 AM

I don't think they ever used a Lauson. I think they used Clintons and Briggs.

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Posted June 24, 2011 - 08:15 AM

Have you seen this? Link: Midland Dandy Boy Tractor Brochure - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

There are some clear pics showing how front-mount attachments hook up.

The Lauson engine is from the 1950's to very early 1960's. .....Lauson was purchased by Tecumseh in the early-mid 1960's.
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Posted June 24, 2011 - 10:30 AM

Outstanding, thank you very much, Bruce. So it looks like the mounting bracket is normally sandwiched between the engine and frame, and that is currently missing. I have a rough idea how the reverse works now, just need to figure out how to retrofit it. He is also missing the original engine pulley, so we'll need to put together something similar.

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Posted June 24, 2011 - 12:08 PM

I have one of those in my collection too. Great little tractor. Mine has a Clinton on it that can sit for a year and still start on the second pull LOL. I need to get it out someday and address its issues. The lug tires on it weren't that great and when I stored it away, one of them finally bit the dust. I have a tire to replace it, just haven't done that yet.

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 07:20 PM

It sure looks like a Wards Plow Track with a replaced engine to me.

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 11:09 PM

It sure looks like a Wards Plow Track with a replaced engine to me.


Same thing. The Midland branded tractors were painted green. The Montgomery Ward plow trac was the same tractor, painted orange.




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