8885 New Hope Road Rising Sun, Indiana 47040
In September 1999, long time friends Lynn and Marion Curry, knowing my love for old engines, gave me a Choremaster garden tractor purchased by her father Howard Liddell, who lived in Bright, Indiana, circa 1951. Mrs. Curry remembers that many times over the years her father referred to it as 'That Dad Burned Thing.'
This is a write up of how it was restored to working condition. After purchasing a manual from King's Books, plans were made to put the engine in order and then clean, repair and paint the tractor. GEM was checked for information on old engine parts. Bob's Small Engine Repair was contacted and a carburetor kit was purchased along with decals, etc. for the Choremaster-Clinton engine. The engine and gasoline tank were cleaned, sanded and painted hunter green.
The tractor and engine were both very, very hard to clean due to clay soil where it had been used. This can easily be seen in the pictures.
After many hours of cleaning, sanding, and painting, reassembling began. Rising Sun Tire and Auto was able to get a new 14 x 4.50 x 6 tire and tube with the proper tread. These were easy to mount because the wheel had a two part rim.
The various parts fit together as they should, except for the clutch cable, which was rusted beyond repair. However, it was designed in such a way that it was possible to replace it.
After about 73 hours of winter shop work, a few more dollars than hours, and a lot of encouraging words from my wife, Clara Jean, I have a fine-looking garden tractor to be added to my Y2K load of Pagett's Gadgets. And 'The Dad Burned Thing' runs.