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#1 Austen ONLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 10:48 PM

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I've had this mower for about 7 years now since I shipped it from Colorado. I haven't done much with the Speedway the past couple of years due to an issue that arose the last time I used it. I got it repaired and did some other improvements and enhancements to it at the same time and now she's all back together. The sulky I restored as it was pure rust and didn't have a flake of paint on it when I got.

 

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Posted October 16, 2017 - 05:00 AM

Cool machine!


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Posted October 16, 2017 - 07:41 AM

I like that.  :thumbs:  Does it have reverse?  Rick


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Posted October 16, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The old girl looks great, Austen :thumbs:


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Posted October 16, 2017 - 01:41 PM

Yeah man !
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Posted October 16, 2017 - 02:28 PM

Nice! Interesting mower.


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Posted October 16, 2017 - 03:55 PM

 

Cool machine!

 

Thanks, Kenny.

 

 

I like that.  :thumbs:  Does it have reverse?  Rick

 

Thanks, Rick. It doesn't but it could certainly use it and some brakes! It gets up around 10 MPH at full throttle.

 

 

The old girl looks great, Austen :thumbs:

 

Thanks, Ellis. I found a cast iron specialist who was willing to add an extension. It turned out pretty good, here's pic.

 

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Yeah man !

 

lol, vintage reel mowers haven't really found there way to being collectable yet but I think they will be discovered in that way someday. I've always been intrigued by some of the unique ones and have a small fleet of some that have caught my attention.

 

 

Nice! Interesting mower.

 

Thanks, Dave.


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Posted October 16, 2017 - 05:14 PM

Very nice, Austin!  :thumbs:

 

Do you know the year the mower was made?


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Posted October 16, 2017 - 11:24 PM

Very nice, Austin!  :thumbs:

 

Do you know the year the mower was made?

 

Thanks, Bruce. The engine was built in December of 1958. Year 1959 was the last year the Speedway model was made. I've often wondered if maybe the mower could've been assembled in early 1959 but it's only speculation so I call it a 1958. 


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 09:46 AM

The extension looks great, Austen! Just curious, did they add a steel or cast iron extension to it?


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 11:41 AM

The extension looks great, Austen! Just curious, did they add a steel or cast iron extension to it?

 

Cast iron. He described the process as "melting it in."


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Cast iron. He described the process as "melting it in."

 

He did nice work  :thumbs: 


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 05:39 PM

Slick piece Austen ! thanx for sharing the pics
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Posted October 18, 2017 - 08:47 PM

Slick piece Austen ! thanx for sharing the pics

 

Thanks, my friend!



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Posted October 18, 2017 - 10:13 PM

wow that thing is so cool I like the way it steers


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