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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:48 am:

Just finished my 27/21 doodlebug - about a year on this one. Here are some "before and after" pictures. She was originally used at a sawmill in Norton, Massachusetts - so I used that as her theme. After completing my Shaw, I said I'd never do another "show room" restoration; they are more interesting when kept in their "work clothes." She was completely disassembled, cleaned, new body built (and "distressed" to match the patina) and, with the exception of the engine, finished in linseed oil. She'll join my Shaw on the tractor show circuit next year. Now going to start working on my '27 T / IHC mower conversion.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:51 am:

Congratulations!!! Looks like a lot of fun.
Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:55 am:

Thanks Rich!! She is a lot of fun. Has a '28 Chevy transmission mated to the T (only one of my T-based tractors to have a dual setup), which gives her all sorts of speed/power options.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:25 pm:

Those pictures were really small! Here's another try:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:38 pm:

Couple of more (better size):


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Aldrich Orting Wa on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:42 pm:

Some very cool stuff!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:45 pm:

Great, I'm collecting parts to build something similar too. Where's the rear wheel/tire combination from? Dimension of the rear tires?
Thanks :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:48 pm:

Roger,

Rear end is standard TT on 20" wheels. The tires are 7.50-20 and they were a pain to find in an agricultural lug. Had to special order them from Nebraska Tire Co.

Are they called Epkatraktors in Sweden?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:06 pm:

Thanks for the tire info and sure, EPA was the name of a chain of dollar stores in Sweden established in the thirties (more like nickel stores back then), so when no new tractors could be bought during the war and cheap erzatz tractors were improvised from old cars, well, a cheap name for a cheap tractor :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:20 pm:

Roger,

There is a guy in your neck of the woods who runs a couple of photo sites on FLICKR that feature "doodlebugs from the USA" and "EPA traktors from Europe." Thousands of pictures he has collected from all over the internet. Will try and post the links.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:26 pm:

Here they are:


America:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32687125@N05/sets/72157626692069451/

Sweden:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32687125@N05/sets/72157626194116626/detail/

Around the world:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32687125@N05/sets/72157612340347219/


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:28 pm:

Just tried them - the active link doesn't work from the posting. You have to copy and paste the entire link into your browser.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve McClelland on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:07 am:

Ron,
I've never wanted one of those I can honestly say I'd take yours in a heart beat.... (Nice)
I tell you what you knocked it out of the park with yours, I like the patina glad to see you left it looking well used on the outside.
Where did you find the rear tires?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Schreiber- Santa Isabel Ecuador on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:23 am:

"The tires are 7.50-20 and they were a pain to find in an agricultural lug. Had to special order them from Nebraska Tire Co."


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 02:25 pm:

Steve - THANK YOU!!! None of my others have agricultural tires (and the Shaw is on steel in the back) - and I wanted this one to have "that look." Nebraska Tire Company is absolutely fantastic - great prices, super customer service and exceptionally reasonable shipping. Until I happened upon them, I was beginning to give up on the idea and go back to a truck tire like she came with. Incidentally, they were also the ONLY source of the long-stemmed valve tubes for the 7.50-20 (the short stemmed rubber ones would not have cleared the rim).


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 04:12 pm:

Ron,

Looks great! And with the second transmission in second or low -- a great vehicle to teach the kids or grand kids how to drive a T.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 04:29 pm:

Thank you Hap!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael R Beary on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 04:33 pm:

Those rear tires are fantastic! Wished I had seen them before I got my last set of 6.50-20 tires.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:25 pm:

Mike - I was thrilled with the way they looked on the TT wheels. Would order another set for the '27 T / IHC mower conversion I'm starting, but the lug profile won't clear the cutting bar mount. Have to go with standard TT tires on that.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:12 pm:

oh man, you need a 4 wheel model t wagon to pull behind that thing. You would have the best hay-ride outfit available!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:13 pm:

Nathan,

I found a '17 T power unit mounted in a cart. Am going to do it up like this tractor (same hood graphics) and tow it behind at shows.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tyrone Thomas - Topeka KS on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:28 pm:

don't see many T doodle bugs. Most were A's.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:43 pm:

Tyrone,

You are absolutely correct. I've been messing with doodlebugs for 35 years and have seen very, very few Ts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael R Beary on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:12 pm:

I was proud of the look of my Doodlebug until you posted pictures of the one above!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John P Noonan on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:28 pm:

Another great job Ron, congrats!..Seems traction wont be an issue with those nice new beefy rear tires. best of luck to you.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:36 pm:

Mike - post pictures of your's!! I'd love to see it. So few T doodlebugs.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:38 pm:

Thanks John!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael R Beary on Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:24 am:

Ron: I need to take the time to learn to take pictures and post them. I have mine showing off the 4-0 football record of our High School team. I use DOT tape. A lot of it! Glows in the dark.
Mike


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron on Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 01:52 pm:

Mike - looking forward to seeing it!!


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