1948 Leader TRACTOR

The rest of the tractor was in fair shape

| April/May 1998

  • Tractor before restoration
  • Tractor after restoration

  • Tractor before restoration
  • Tractor after restoration

303 Milford Ct. #4 Davison, Michigan 48423

I acquired the Leader tractor in the winter of 1996. I had finally stopped to see what the frame and wheels in a field were, that I have driven by for the last ten years. When I stopped and talked to the gentleman who owned it, he told me that he bought it in the early '50s to use in his garden for his family. He used it into the late '60s, when it needed some work. He had two boys, who were in school taking machine shop class, so he had them tear the tractor down. The engine went to school to be rebuilt. Well, the engine was machined but never put together. It was put in their barn and that's where it stayed until I bought it in January 1996.

The tractor is a model D 1948 Leader. It has a type of 3-point hitch with a live hyd and a 1100 rpm power take off. When I got the tractor home, the first thing I did was see what was missing. I got lucky that no major parts were missing.

The engine is a Hercules 1xb5. I found out that it was one that Oliver had used, as the head is different than a regular Hercules. The engine had new rings and the crank had been turned 10 under rods and 20 under on mains. The only things I had to buy for the engine were a gasket set and a filter.

The rest of the tractor was in fair shape, and most of it was inside for 25 years or longer. This is the first tractor I have tried to restore. I have done several gas engines, but no tractors. I thought I would try to do it right as I had decided to keep it, because I thought it was a nice small tractor.

I tore it down to a bare frame and had all the parts sandblasted. I want to thank Ken Guile for doing such a nice job on all the parts.


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