I guess it's time to try again with 'Dusty' (the Hoveroni) !
This is a 1963 David Bradley Model 36 -Elite Lawn Tractor it has a B&S 5.75HP motor -143402 mechancal Gov.
When I started into this Hobby back in 2015 it was the David Bradley Suburbans that got my attention . I would run searches on the internet looking for good machines at good prices and could find very few out there.
One day an ad popped up for this strange machine with the DB name?
It appealed to my love for the Odd things , but was pretty far away and I knew nothing about it.
I could find little information on the internet either.
I just could not get it out of my head.
So after 5 weeks I called the guy in upstate NY and made a deal , It would cost more to get it shipped to me than I would pay for the machine . But I just had to have it.
It arrived and was pretty 'Dusty'
I cleaned it up , and asessed what needed to be done .
The spark was weak and intermittent , I could see a scar on the flywheel like a piece of metal had jammed it . So I found a replacement flywheel/ coil pr. And that fixed the engine .
I also had to fix 1 of the drive chains and the mower deck though in good condition, was rusting badly , so I cleaned it and painted it for preservation. The main drive belt still has David Bradley embossed into it and is in great condition. My thoughts are that this machine hit something and never ran again. It was stored for many years inside some garage and has little to no wear on the moving parts.
This is a working machine now that I use to mow my yard ! Except for the paint on the deck and the flywheel it is Original right down to the tires , belts and blades and it is a survivor !
I really get a lot of enjoyment from this machine , I have towed an aerator with it and have a matching trailer .
My Brother says it looks like a Zamboni and a Hovercraft mated to produce this .
Thus the 'Hoveroni' is what we laughingly call it
Edited by MGP59DB, January 07, 2018 - 08:10 AM.