Andy (and all),
Gilson Brothers made small garden tractors, lawn tractors, snowblowers, etc. They were bought out by Lawnboy (then Toro bought LawnBoy), so parts are still available. They made a lot of stuff for Monkey Ward and also built the Ford garden tractors for a while. I have 5 chassis (3 different models) in various stages of operational capability or repair/restoration. One that I bought as a parts tractor is being eyed as a possible candidate for "reversing" and making a rear-engine/rear steering payloader for use around the yard.
Gilson Brothers is not to be confused with the Canadian company that built farm tractors...no "Brothers" in the other company's name.
The picture is of my 1967 Gilson. It should be overall red-orange with cream wheels and hood, but it apparently got painted to look like a LawnBoy at some time. Lots of cast parts on this thing! I don't think I'll use this one as a "work" tractor, maybe a coffee table in my den?
The avatar is of, of course, one of my best friends; her name is "Frank".:truth:
I don't really know. I can't find a lot of history for them. They made some pretty tough tractors, but my early 1980's "parts" tractor is only a "look-a-like" to the mid-late 70's version. My two eace: 70's models have a one piece frame with just a hole for the vertical shaft engine, along with a very reinforced front axle. The later ones ( parts tractor and my 18hp MW):hide: have a 3 piece bolt together frame, with the engine mount section being completely open under the engine. They also have only a single pivot tubular front axle. I like to say that the earlier ones are lawn tractors and the later ones are riding mowers. :riding:
Check with me next summer... I have to get the old paint off first! :argh:
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