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Simplicitys are orange. Are Waterburys green?

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Posted December 02, 2017 - 08:06 PM

I picked up a small garden tractor over 30 years ago. As long as I have had it, the ID tag has been missing.although there are two small holes drilled in the frame under the engine where I think the tag used to be. I always thought the tractor  was a Simplicity model L. The previous owner replaced the engine with a 3hp aluminum Briggs and also replaced the clutch tension spring arrangement with a screen door spring. But it looks like a Simplicity model L in almost every other way: 4 speed belt transmission (5 speed if you use the PTO pulley), 4;00-12 tires, etc. 

For the last month I have been cleaning it up for my son to use on his driveway and have started to doubt that the tractor is a Simplicity at all. You see it appears to have always been kept under cover...and the original color is green and yellow, not orange. I went over the whole tractor with a wire wheel on a body grinder before I repainted it and found absolutely no orange or red paint anywhere on it. The green was a forest green and the yellow was a faded John Deere kind of yellow.

Were Simplicitys ever green? Were Waterburys green? If so what model Waterbury tractor is equivalent to a Simplicity L?

I have attached a couple pictures of the tractor. Please disregard the colors I repainted the tractor with. I used paint that  had on hand.





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Posted December 02, 2017 - 09:07 PM

Looks great pretty work.
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Posted December 02, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Sure looks like a Waterbury like I had.  Mine had an old Clinton engine it, but I don't think that was original.  Mine was green, but it was probably repainted.  Mine had those exact same tires with calcium in them.  It had great traction.  Mine had cultivators on the rear.

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Posted December 03, 2017 - 12:47 AM

Very nice. I like those tires and wheel weights. I hope that your son enjoys using it. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted December 03, 2017 - 02:23 AM

This would be the Waterloo version of the L, corrected below, dang green and yellow on everything but not that quick hitch lol

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Posted December 03, 2017 - 02:49 AM

Yep wrong again, earthgrinder got it, model E in the pic

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