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#1 Tbrooks OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 01:04 PM

Just got home with Dad's latest project. It's a R8. It has the long housing but does not have the LH suffix on the tag. It came with the garden plow but is missing the rear lift. It also has fenders and front wheel weights. The engine does run very good. The rear is noisy. We will need to pull it apart to find out what's going on there. With this purchase he now only needs to find a R9 to have all of the R series. He has the R5,R5LH,R6,R7,R7A,R8,R12T,& a N5.IMG_1320.JPG IMG_1321.JPG IMG_1322.JPG IMG_1323.JPG IMG_1324.JPG
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Posted October 15, 2017 - 01:12 PM

Sounds like a nice herd!


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Posted October 15, 2017 - 06:27 PM

Travis,

          I have never seen an extension housing adapter like that.  Looks like the standard HM56 Shaw extension with an adapter between that and the rear end.  What is the engine serial number so we can date the tractor?  The LH housing and the LHE housings are different from what you have.  Can you take some pictures of the front of the tractor?  What is the length of the extension adapter?  Do you think the tractor may have been modified after it left the factory?  Does anything else look different such as the engine mount bar location?  Nice find.

 

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 07:16 PM

Travis,
          I have never seen an extension housing adapter like that.  Looks like the standard HM56 Shaw extension with an adapter between that and the rear end.  What is the engine serial number so we can date the tractor?  The LH housing and the LHE housings are different from what you have.  Can you take some pictures of the front of the tractor?  What is the length of the extension adapter?  Do you think the tractor may have been modified after it left the factory?  Does anything else look different such as the engine mount bar location?  Nice find.
 
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the extension could have been a field conversion. The total length of both parts is 20 inches. I will get more pics next weekend. The motor tag was painted over. We will need to clean it up a bit in order to get the number off of it. I will let you know when I get it. Did the LH's have a longer frame as well?

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 07:29 PM

Here is a video that the previous owner took of it. Hood and engine shroud was off, but we did get them.Attached File  trim.3DA30EA9-14C4-4223-8639-9A79BC308750.MOV   7.78MB   33 downloads

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Posted October 16, 2017 - 02:57 PM

Just to add a little more confusion.  My R8 has the HM56 extension which measures 13 1/16 inches.  Distance from the blower housing to the front of the frame is 14 3/4 inches.  My other R8 has the tag R8LHE.  The extension housing on this measures 19 15/16 inches.  This tractor has the R7 type bell housing and the T84 transmission.  I have seen one other like it.  Distance from the blower housing to the front of the frame is 11 5/8 inches.  My R5LH has a 20 1/16 long extension housing.  Distance from the blower housing to the front of the frame is 8 1/2 inches.  My understanding from conversations with Harold Shaw is that the R8 had so much power and the engine was lighter then the ZZP, so the tractor would rear up too easy.  By moving the engine forward, the tendency of the tractor to rear was reduced.  I know that it is hard to keep the front wheels on the ground when engaging the clutch on my R8.

 

Also is a copy of a letter from Stanley Shaw to Harold Rader explaining the differences in extension housing lengths as it affects the attachment of the cutter bar.  Harold Rader was the general manager of the Columbus, Ohio branch of Shaw Manufacturing Company.

 

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Posted October 16, 2017 - 06:29 PM

Thanks for the info Cliff! The serial number on the engine is 40569, not very far off from the one mentioned in the letter you posted. According to the list I have, I come up with a date of July 1950.

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Posted October 25, 2017 - 06:25 PM

Here is a couple of pics from the front. The engine sits 7 5/8” from the shroud to the front of the frame.9DB35B4B-2A49-4B66-97ED-FD5002245B27.jpeg 5DBBB634-8BA6-4415-A535-3D54E7265BBA.jpeg when we were first looking at it we noticed that the P.O. had welded the muffler to the block. I mentioned it to Dad and we both agreed we didn’t like that. When Dad pulled it into the trailer for storage the muffler fell off breaking out a chunk of the block! What a shame. The engine ran good too, now it is junk. Anyone who’s tempted to do this, please don’t!46D33A20-7353-4150-A29D-9EC250A17784.jpeg take a look at these welds!7CFCE77F-7752-48B9-99C4-E4DCDAF1017F.jpeg
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