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.