My Li'l Mite

Garden tractor

MIGHTY MITE. This restored garden tractor is owned by Jack D. Harrell of Roanoke, Indiana.

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P.O. Box 142 Roanoke, Indiana 46783

My story of a restored garden tractor began from an article in the 'Smoke Rings' colum of GEM. A Mr. Wilson was asking for information on Mighty Mite tractors built in Denison, Texas, by the Jaque Saw Co. Through letters back and forth and a talk at the Portland, Indiana show in 1985, I made a deal to buy the tractor from Mr. Wilson. A trip halfway for both of us and the transfer of many parts from his car and trailer to my truck and trailer was done.

It was finally dug out of the corner of my garage late in March. It was disassembled the rest of the way. The differential was a sad case. A parts tractor showed up just in time for rear end gears.

It was finally ready to go to the sand blaster. The engine needed only a valve grind and a carburetor kit.

Now was the time to prod my bearded brother Dan into priming and painting the tractor for me.

A bit of research through Texas Parks and Wildlife got me a letter from the man who penned the name 'Mighty Mite' for the Jaque Company in 1947.

Finally all painted, it was time to reassemble. Many evenings and spare time were needed to get the Mite done in time for the Portland 1986 show. A few days before the Portland show, it was loaded up and taken out to Mr. and Mrs. Husband's farm for some pictures by the pond.

A Mr. Fisk of Michigan has helped with bits and pieces of information and a few pictures of tractors. Some are of Frazier-Jaque tractors made in Michigan with a different engine on the same frame and axles. It debuted in New York in 1948.

A Mr. Salo of Michigan has helped with some information also, but mainly on Frazier built tractors.

Some day I hope to find a manual and some sales literature on the Mighty Mite.

Anyway, we made it to Portland. A good time was had driving the Mite in the Portland parade and around the grounds.

It has been to many shows since it was finished and is a real treat to show.