I Love This ... All the T Parts to Make it
I'm having a hard time understanding the use of the device on the right side of the tractor.
It looks like the radiator leaks too.
wonder why the passengers side spring shackle is so long? Could this be a hillside mowing rig?
Looks like an early dental drill set set
dental drill set up
What a beauty of agricultural engineering
Jim - the crazy RH side shackle was probably to raise the front end, since the large wheels on the rear axle lifted the rear end.
It says the assembly on the right is a saw attachment, but I don't see how it works. The transmission appears to be a 4X4 transfer case, there is an axle housing bolted to it between the trans and engine. Possibly to drive more attachments?
This thing needs to go to our museum!
I would love to see a wing on the museum someday of things made out of Model Ts. Tractors, power units, ice saws, saw mills, etc. I guess it would pretty much be and agricultural wing.
Then there are boats, tanks, rail cars, what else??
This kind of thing is so cool. While I appreciate Henry bringing us the
Model T, I have every bit as much fascination in how Model T's were bent,
twisted, and reworked into machines to fit the needs of individual owners.
They often reflect the hardscrabble thrift of The Depression, a whole legion
of people that I grew up around who saved all sorts of "old junk" because
of that experience. If it weren't for those people tucking home made farm
implements like this away, or vehicles in barns, basements, or just left out
along fence rows, I would have never had the exposure to them that poisoned
my own mind.
The side mounted "attachment" is a version of a wood cutting mechanism known as a "drag saw".
It is missing the 4-6 ft straight saw blade that would attach to the two holes in the plate that is connected to the pitman arm and the crank.
The crank and arm would push and pull the blade in a reciprocating motion just like a woodcutter with a hand saw.
Drag saws were popular in the teens and twenties as a outfit with a small gasoline engine on wheels that you would haul out to the tree line and set it up to buck logs, or, if you had the "felling attachment", to drop trees before you cut them up.
Even the most primitive chainsaws were a major improvement over these units and soon replaced them.
Ottawa and Hercules made the majority of the drag saws produced