My 'No Name' Tractor

| March/April 1994

23941 Strange Creek Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Two years ago I purchased this homemade garden tractor from a man in Santa Fe Springs, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He bought it at a yard sale in Huntington Beach, 14 years ago. Meanwhile, it sat behind his house exposed to the elements.

My tractor is powered by a Briggs 8 HP with reducer gear. The piston was broken and rod twisted. I finally found another engine for the necessary parts to get it running. From the reducer, a chain goes to a shaft while operating a planetary gear up front. A master cylinder or clutch operates a slave cylinder to release the band on the planetary gear when the pedal is pushed down. This was all rusted to one piece, including the sun gears.

An eight inch V pulley also comes off the reducer to a power steering pump, which operates the front blade cylinder from a two-way valve by the seat. The blade and cylinder were missing, so I found the necessary parts to get it operating.

The rear-end is a Model T high-low speed cut down on the width.

A six inch disc brake was welded and mounted on the drive shaft behind the transmission.