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#1 Sparky OFFLINE  

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 08:12 PM

The first electric tractor of mass production may have been recently located - not confirmed yet. Some may claim I had something to do with it. I will need to consider it for myself after a few beers . Documentation comes first and then ........ The matter is entirely in other hands thankfully. Sparky

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 08:20 PM

That's awesome Sparky! Is this a tractor that you have or will have? If so, I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 08:24 PM

Good luck Sparky, Keep us posted on the out come..

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 08:25 PM

Oh no- the owner is member of original team and his identity is secret for now. He will have to fend off offers galore.

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 10:32 PM

This situation has been resolved today. The owners son had wanted part help and said it was serial # 001. Actual serial number was 1000 plus 1 . Another bit of lore resolved . Oh well . The serial number system has a pattern that has to be learned - not straight forward . Sparky

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Posted July 25, 2011 - 08:21 PM

Still could be something...not all serial series start with 000001? I'm sure you know what you're talking about though. Bummer that it wasn't "the one"! Better luck next time.

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 08:30 PM

Still a bummer about results of search , but I tried for a second opinion - same result. A lot of attention and interest resulted -- that was good . Sparky
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Posted August 10, 2011 - 09:30 PM

Aint over yet - aint convinced either way . The vagaries of the whole deal are just too weird. My sister the retired school teacher says I use big words ?????? WTF

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Posted August 10, 2011 - 11:15 PM

Ok - some of the stuff to be considered. 1969 production that was not immediately marketable due to startup. Unknown serial # designation for 1969. Feb 1970 seems to be official release date for market units ( 1969 salvage or suitable unknown ) .Cycle of 001 serial repeats every 1000 units. My guess is they changed from product code in serial # to date code based system. Serial # list was probaably never revealed for fraud protection. And now we cant find enough units to reconstruct early history of database. Somebody could be sitting on the list or maybe not.. And now a nice gentlemen who used to help build cant be given a straight answer on what he thought he knew. Not the end of the world but frustrating.

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Posted August 11, 2011 - 08:24 PM

Hold onto hope. Maybe someday, someone will find the serial list in an archives at GE or something.

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Posted August 11, 2011 - 10:58 PM

Sounds like it was an exciting time for a bit recently. At least I know mine wasn't the first, nor the last.

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Posted August 12, 2011 - 04:42 PM

Behind the scenes work ongoing , Dave. If you get to Paulding later that weedwhacker could still be yours. One time offer between friends. Sparky

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Posted August 12, 2011 - 05:52 PM

I am glad to see you are still working on solving the mystery. I think there very well could be a chance that the serial numbers started at 1001.

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Posted August 12, 2011 - 05:57 PM

I think there very well could be a chance that the serial numbers started at 1001.


I am betting they did!

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Posted August 12, 2011 - 07:05 PM

I am sticking my neck out a little and saying they did a wrap-around re-encoding of serial numbers and hiding the 1969 numbers in plain site just like in a movie . If I am right Mr Beckett will probably do a movie also - it is hard to out-do this man. We will see about any of this. In case anybody wonders why they would this - it was still a new product in development and would not have been offered until when and if all conditions were met . This project by all indications was done by the book. Sparky

Edited by Sparky, August 12, 2011 - 08:21 PM.





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