I wish I knew more about this nice tractor. It is now on Tbay and can be viewed up close.
Lance, your killing me, I can't find it.
Do you have the link?
That is FANTASTIC!!
Thanks Mark. It just goes to show what I have always said that I am a bad internet searcher.
Chad, I was off researching the builder A.O. Espe. It was designed as a sugar beet cultivator. You can find quite a bit about him by googleing his name. Glad you liked it.
Only a picture...
DANG ! !
What a neat piece of machinery!!
Great picture, it is interesting in that it seems to have faster drive pinions than the tractor conversions. The tractor conversions seem to have 5 or 6 roller pinions where this one looks to have an 8 roller pinion which will make it a little faster with less power. Tracford made an accessory high speed pinion for there tractor conversions that had 8 rollers. It is interesting in that the rear wheels seem to be narrow and no grozers or cleats. Thanks for posting this picture. Jim
I wonder if those tractors were hard on the low speed band?
I am guessing the no cleats on the rear wheels is due to it being on a road surface. If you have never been on such a beast with on it, it is a VERY rough drive. I drove Zac's Sickle mower on grass and across a 12 ft paved driveway and it was harsh to say the least. I am sure Ron and others here that have such machines can attest to that.
Will, I can tell you that at least in my case it I have adjusted the low band a few times in the short amount of distance I have driven it. I almost wish I had a second auxiliary trans to gear it down even more (Ford trans, Aux trans, Aux trans, TT rear end) then I would not have to use the low pedal so much.
The rear wheels look to only have holes in the middle of the wheel where as on the wider wheels that I have seen will have a row of holes around the inside and outside of the wheel. The holes are not across from each other but are offset so the grosers are at an angle. The ring gear apears to be one piece. Fon De Lac and TracFord both used 9 segments for their ring gear. Jim
Jim, I meant to add that in my post too that I noticed only holes in the center, leading me to believe that they were for cleats only. I agree that on the wider wheels there would be grouser bars, these wheels are so it seems just to narrow for that.
I also hoped they remember to retard the spark before restarting that one. That could really hurt.