Just picked up this new (to me) T.
Looks like some kind of factory made parts for the conversion.
Anybody know what company made these pieces?
I plan to let my grandkids clean it up and paint it and together we'll get it going and run it around.
Are we looking at a TT based tractor? It should have lots of pulling power.
It is TT based.
It's so low geared it won't move without the engine running...which isn't.
Had to pull apart a bull gear to get it to roll.
The bull gears look like they were made from TT rear wheel hubs.
They have two flanges with round tubes bolted between them to make teeth.
One gear is missing so I need to come up with a hub to make one from.
You're having to much fun. (Grin) I just came back from Id.& Mt. looked at another Snowmobile.
The gear teeth inside the wheels have "Fond Du Lac Tractor Co. Wis." cast into them.
Bull gears are 6 teeth.
Serious low gearing.
Hey Bob! Not possible to have too much fun.
I looked for years for one and finally found one last fall. Mine is a Shaw, based on a '25 T. I'm in the process of restoring it now and have hung before and during pictures on the T section of the Ford Barn (would put them here too, but the size limits for pictures on the forum won't allow them). I would love to find another one.
-Ron in Massachusetts
The photos you have on the Ford Barn / T forum are all far below the
upload limits here. I have taken the liberty of posting them here for you.
Thank you!!!!! I am an absolute chimp when it comes to computers - I tried to upload the photos here, but kept getting an "exceeds limit" message. Thanks again so much!!
Computers can sure make you feel dumb!
I just don't understand anything with electricity running around in it.
I can use it to start fires though.
Ron...nice tractor and you're doing a beautiful job on it.
Fon Du Lac was one of the more popular producers of conversion kits - probably second only to Montgomery Ward and Sears. Other manufacturers include Staude, Shaw, Pullford - list goes on and on. You have an exceptional machine there - I'm particularly envious of the fact that it is TT based.
Thank you! I found her on Craigslist last October and drove 12-hours one way to get her. She'd been sitting in a cow shed for about 40 years. Had to winch her onto the flatbed. Took about a day to get her running and into the garage for her teardown.
Since that last picture was taken, I painted all her conversion components, built a new seat back and installed floorboards. Wheels and hood are next.
Shaw was different from other conversion kits in that the bull gear teeth face out - Shaw's claim was that design kept rocks and other debris from falling into the bull gear and destroying the teeth. Shaw sold the kits as DIY or you could purchase an assembled one from a Shaw dealer. I think mine was dealer-assembled; she's been significantly narrowed and all the cuts and welds are super clean (I'm a doodlebug guy, so I'm used to seeing farm-quality welds and these are far too professional).
That last picture was taken about a month ago. I'll try and post some more as she progresses - see if I can do it this time.
Those are a ball..I have had a Sears and a Wards. Install good seat springs as on a hard surface the cleat wheels will shake the fillings right out of your teeth! Also watch what you pull and how you hook up as the gears will climb and bring the front end off the ground. One more thing...don't ever try to drive up on your steel ramp trailer as it will be like being on ice, either winch it up or put boards on the ramps to drive on.
I pulled lots of loads of fire wood with mine, plowed the driveway and would stop traffic to watch and finished the banks of a pond with a spring tooth drag...one trip around and re-fill the radiator. One of them had a dist. and I put in an aluminum Warford, that was a nice package. I even put a set of ski's on the front once but that didn't work too well.
p.s. should have kept one but ran out of room.
Had been toying with idea of putting skis on front - you just solved that question for me.