Anyone ever hear of a Continental Cultor tractor?
Over the weekend I picked up this T engine power unit with a bunch of other T parts.
When I first saw it I wasn't sure if it was home built or an aftermarket kit. After I got it home I noticed a data tag on the frame that reads "Cultor Continental Manufacturing". A quick internet search shows that it may have been part of a Cultor tractor conversion kit.
It is a mix of parts. The block is a '26-'27 and the hogshead is steel with no starter provisions so that should make it a '16-'19 I guess. Has a Holley NH, water pump, '26-'27 coil box, and no generator. Also, the radiator shroud has no script on it.
It's a pretty neat setup and appears to be complete and turns over.
Anyone have more information?
Very nice and interesting item. I did a little researching and came up with nothing. I hope you keep it together, and not rob the engine for something else. So many of these type of units have been scrapped for the sake of a engine block, or radiator, ect. Nice find,
Years ago, my old buddy and I saw a tractor conversion owned by a gentleman in Maryville MO. We didn't look at it very close at the time because he had a lot of stuff and it was getting late. I do remember that he said it was a kit that was manufactured in Maryville. He passed away a few years later and we went to his estate sale, but the tractor wasn't there. Evidently he sold it sometime before. I have no idea what the name was and haven't heard of any others. Has anyone else heard of them? Dave
I found this video on You Tube, it seems to have some of the features of your power unit.
I also found this and it definatly looks as if you have the front half of a tractor conversion kit, that may or may not have been converted to a power unit.
It also looks from my perspective / opinion that you may have a later model as there are some with what appears to be the front half of a stock Model T frame. My guess is they used the beefier C-channel to perhaps prevent frame sag with it hanging out front like that.
Here is the stock T front:
Donnie, I do plan on keeping it together since it is pretty much complete.
Chad, thanks for the links. It is interesting to see how the T rear axle was mounted directly to the transmission in the YouTube video. I agree with you that it probably went from a Model T, to a tractor conversion, and then to a power unit by the looks of the output shaft on the transmission.