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#1 Tazfink OFFLINE  

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 08:53 AM

My dad recently acquired a couple of homemade tractors. One Garden tractor that is complete and running. The larger tractor is unfinished and larger (I suppose you could call it a large garden tractor).

The smaller tractor is powered by a Single cylinder Wisconsin Engine, 3-speed transmission w/ hand clutch, Ford Axle with Wide 5 Rims wrapped with Manure Spreader tires. The builder made it to run a Massey Ferguson 720 Snowblower, a blade and a broadcast spreader. He also installed a 110v motor to start the Wisconsin ILO using the pull rope (no recoil). I am planning to build a hood and grill for it, along with making a pulley cover for the drive pulleys. Also need to fix the exhaust, the small elbow and pipe fall out, the threads are shot. I have some SS tubing that I may make into a exhaust stack. Also need to fab an air cleaner.

The larger unfinished tractor is powered by a Continental 4 Cylinder Gas engine. These were used on old combines and balers, it has an IH grill, hood and gas tank. The engine and sheet metal are loosely mounted into place. He has the steering and front axle completed. A VW steering column was used to go from Steering Wheel to the Steering Box. We have not tried to start it yet, need to get fuel lines and coolant hoses ran. It came with a Ford Axle (8"??) the housing was narrowed but not the axles yet.

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 10:35 AM

Pretty neat tractors , Al

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 10:39 AM

Tazfink,welcome to the forum.
Those are cool home built tractors.

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 11:59 AM

Welcome to the forum Tazfink.
Nice home builds you have there.

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 02:51 PM

Another tractor fanatic from S. Dakota. Welcome aboard.:welcometogttalk:
It would have been interesting to visit with the builder of these machines. Looks like he was really putting his heart and soul into his creations. Very interesting.

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 03:51 PM

I like them! Wonder about that electric motor..
Welcome to the forum & look forward to hearing/seeing more!

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 07:56 AM

I like them! Wonder about that electric motor..
Welcome to the forum & look forward to hearing/seeing more!


The electric motor is a starter. It is mounted on a hinge so you can run a belt from the starter to the outer drive pulley. Plug in the motor w/ the belt on, apply tension, and the engine pops right off. Unplug the cord and lift up on the handle (vice grip) to loosen the belt and using a stick or something the belt will come off. I suppose that you could leave the belt on but I don't know how that would affect the bearings in the electric motor.

I would love to find either a recoil for it or the electric starter/generator kit for it!! The rope start is fine but it would be easier. Also with the electric starter/gen I could install some lights.

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 11:32 AM

Neat pieces, thanks for sharing! The Continental: 124, 140, 162, what size is it?

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Posted August 24, 2011 - 07:58 AM

Neat pieces, thanks for sharing! The Continental: 124, 140, 162, what size is it?


Not sure... Here is a picture of the ID plate. If you can decode it we would appreciate it. Thanks!!

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Posted August 24, 2011 - 10:30 AM

All I can find at the moment:


Model Y-69
first year produced---1937
valve in block----(flathead)
4--cylinders
bore/stroke----2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
displacement -----68.7 cubic inches
Max belt hp----21.4
governed rpm----2,400
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Posted August 24, 2011 - 10:36 AM

Gotchya!

Serial Number Found!
Produced Year: 1941
Produced Month: January
Engine Model: N/A

Continental engine serial number lookup:
Wisconsin Motors | Engine Serial Number Lookup



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Posted August 24, 2011 - 10:40 AM

I added the Continental YOM search link to the Mechanical forum as a sticky.
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Posted August 24, 2011 - 11:11 AM

You are really on the ball Daniel! I'll bet they are glad to get that information.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 08:33 AM

WOW!! Big thanks, Danial!! That will definetely help, we have not decided whether or not we are going to keep the bigger tractor, HEREBY NAMED "Continental". My dad and I don't have enough time to finish the Continental.

We are keeping the smaller one (still need a name...), my kids love riding it. We need a spark plug wire though. We had it at Twin Brooks Threshing Show and on the way home the tarp was whipping around and must have pulled off the spark plug wire...

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 09:02 AM

Those are interesting home made tractors.
The "electric" starter is a unique idea.
They will make nice projects for you and your kids to finish.

The IH power unit is a common power source for home made tractors.
I've seen them used on both tractors and crawlers.




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