Simplicity Walk-Behinds Part Two

| April/May 2001

16350 Force Avenue, Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

In last year's issue, May 2000, page 33, I wrote an article about my walk-behind garden tractors. I want to bring everybody up to date of what I have and the information that I got.

First of all, thanks to the couple of people who wrote and called me on last year's article. Mostly thanks to this guy in Tennessee because of all the time he put in on making all of the part number pages and on the page that has all the years the walk-behind tractors were made. I found out from him that there are 21 different models. And the last model that was made had two different size engines on it. Also, thanks to the guy in Wisconsin for telling me that there are about five walk-behinds by him with a lot of attachments. But the only thing is, is that I haven't heard from him again. Sir, when you get a chance, please write me again with what models they are and what condition they are in. And if possible, please write down the attachments that are with them.

In my last article I said that I was looking for two walk-behind garden tractors, model L1 and model J from Simplicity. It has changed. I have the model L1 but now I am looking for the following: B, J, F, LA, FA, FB, VB, FC, A, VC, H, LC, W with a 7 HP engine, and model W with an 8 HP engine.

Also, I am looking for one more thing. If anybody has or knows someone with a Simplicity hit-n-miss gas engine that they will part with, please let me know. It does not matter on the horsepower. I would like to get a 12/14 HP but I don't think that my wallet is big enough.

Right now my walk-behind model L1 is under my parent's deck to keep the weather off it. The garage is too full. I am still looking for an engine for my model LB. I can't find one. I did sell that model M1 that I talked about. I sold it to a kid so he can start his collecting. This year I only got one tractor. I think I am getting rocks in my shoes. Something is slowing me down.

I will tell you all how I got my model L1. I didn't even know I had connection to one until after I owned it. How I got it was my grandfather, uncle, and my dad went to this steam class last year to learn how to run my grandfather's steam engine. And on the way home my dad bought the model L1 and a parts walk-behind. The L1 engine was stuck so I took the head off it and my dad put brake fluid in it. The next week we hammered on it with a hammer and block of wood. It didn't budge. A week later my neighbor gave me a brand new pipe wrench for helping him out; so I went home and put a pipe wrench on the pulley and it came loose. How about that! Anyway, my dad came home from work that day and he put the head on and it started right up. The parts tractor did not have an engine but it has a good pulley and good gears. My dad bought the parts tractor for only a dollar. That's right, one dollar. My dad saved it from the scrap yard. There is not any tag on it so I don't know what model it is supposed to be.

Well, I will sign out once again. I will write later on, down the road. I graduate this year and then will move on to building houses. Need any information or wanting to give me more information? The address is at the top of the page and the phone number is (616) 696-9650.

By the way, I keep forgetting to tell you this; my uncle built my sulky cart. I think that it is better than the original one. Again, please let me know about a walk-behind/walk-behind attachment, manuals and any walk-behind, and/or hit-n-miss gas engine of any horsepower for sale. Thanks.


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