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#1 Lauber1 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2011 - 11:43 PM

011.jpg Got the Mighty Man home today, got a few pictures, and took a few notes on its details. Its a heavy beast using lots of cast parts. The clutch is a sliding system, where the engine move back to front on a set of tapered key ways. The rims are split ones, dont think ive ever seen a GT on split rims. Also the ring of the split is galvinized. There are no lug bolts holding the wheels on, only a cast dust cover, over a plate with four bolts going though it. The wheel weight are the strangest one ever. i call them short end tables, as they have little legs on the back. The orginal engine for this tractor is an AB Wis. I have a stuck one here, so maybe i can get it going and revive this machine. If not its still cool to look at.

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Posted November 25, 2011 - 11:59 PM

Congrats on the find! That is a very interesting machine. It seems that it has some very unique features and engineering. What year was it made?

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 05:23 AM

Hey,congrats,I don't believe I have ever seen one of those.

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 07:36 AM

Very interesting looking 2 wheeler. Hope you can get your AB going for it. Too bad, I had a sweet running complete correct AB on a show cradle, couldn't get $50.00 for it at last yeears engine shows, finally "gave it" [$25.00] to a young kid looking for his first engine to take to the shows....

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 07:41 AM

That looks very interesting. Good luck with the revival!

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 07:54 AM

Really cool piece. Exceptionally cool with the OEM rims and Weights.
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Posted November 26, 2011 - 08:05 AM

Thats a cool machine

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 08:42 AM

That's a nice machine . Those rims look like they just welded angle iron onto truck rims , ( I'll have to remember that ) Is there any history around on that brand ? Al

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 11:22 AM

There is a lot of history on them at the Tacoma,WA library. The company Marine Iron Works built them from 47-55. There appears to have been 3 models. In looking on the net i have found people with a serial # as low as 3 and ones in the 3oo's. My is supposed to be 2355, but i havent looked at it yet. Enter Mighty Man in a goggle search and youll find a bunch of factory pic's including one of the assembly line. Theres even a snow blower ran by its own engine mounted to the front of the tractor. There is very little info on the company as far as what happened to them. Not sure how one would date the machine other than by a group of yrs. Most of the tractor group postings for them seem to be back in 06 or before, so im not sure where the ones went to that were out on in the public view. If the serial # thing is correct, then there should a couple thousand of them out there some place. If only 10% survived there should be a couple hundred still around. One guy claimed to have six of them.
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Posted November 26, 2011 - 12:19 PM

Solid looking machine, I bet it is a beast, even without the engine. They were advertised at 400 lbs :orangecool:

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Posted November 26, 2011 - 08:06 PM

Lauber,
You come up with the coolest stuff. Nice find
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Posted November 26, 2011 - 09:46 PM

That is a great piece hope you can get it back running

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Posted June 17, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Finally today got an engine running for this machine. :dancingbanana: Been playing wirth it for several weeks trying to figure out why it would only fire 1 to 4 times when i pulled the rope. I think i set a new record cleaning the carb several times over, thinking i wasnt getting enough fuel. This afternoon i got out a suburban and chain smoked the engine to see if i could get any adjustments to the carb made or see something else. It still only fired once in a while and then started to backfire out the carb a little, decided it was a valve so i took the head off and watch the motion as a turned it by hand. Right off i saw that the piston wasnt it the right place when the impluse clicked, so i took out the plug to the side gears and sure enough it looked to be 180 at of time.

funny thing was this engine was dirty on the outside and the bolts to the mag had grease and dirt built up on them, but the inside of the head looked like someone has cleaned it with a scrapper and the valves also. Put it in time, and back together, pulled the rope ,3 spins and it took off like a champ. No smoking , no hunting , just smooth running. I didnt even have to choke it.

Now i can move forwards with the next stage of the restore......the driving it around part, and maybe some plowing if i can get a little shine on the share. :firejumper:

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 09:32 AM

Fantastic news that you found the problem. Looking forward to the video of her in action :laughingteeth:

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 09:42 PM

Great news, I guess sometimes the strangest things happen that you just can't explain Al




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