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I bought this at a yard sale last weekend. I need some help with identification. It has an 18hp Briggs with a wrap around rope start. Really pulls good. A neighbor got his enclosed construction trailer stuck and I pulled it right out after having him stand on the blade in the front. Any idea of value or uses since it has no PTO?! Thanks. ferg



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More questions than answers.

No place for a belly mower, no PTO... Looks like a home built 'tug'. That rear axle (what I can see of it) looks to come from a 30's American car.

What sort of gearbox does it have, if any? What about a clutch? Or does it have an idler pully that tensions the drivebelt?

How 'bout some photos of the drive train?
 

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H shift pattern. Reverse and 3 forward speeds. Idler pulley for a "clutch"
 

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Welcome to tractorforum ferg:friends: As Catdaddy said its more then likely use as a tug. Is there a manufacturer tag on it anywhere:question: If not then more then likely it home made. The drive train looks like it came off an old car or truck from the 30's or early 40's. With the road tires thats on it there really isn't much you can do with it but use it to ride around on or pull things around. I would lower the hitch for that that would help keep the front end down. Its a cool conversation piece and something to get around on. I see its has a blade so i guess you could push snow or dirt with it if you put some chains on it. As for as the worth i have no idea.
 

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Looks like a home built to me but a pretty cool home built at that! Looks like it would be pretty handy for moving trailers and various items around as well as pull implements. Let me add my welcome to Tractor Forum as well Ferg. :friends: :cheers:
 

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A big TF welcome Ferg

Looks like it might be missing a hood and side panels..the single tire and apparatus up front leads me to believe it was used for cultivation.
 

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I'd bet money on it being a home built machine. I've never seen anything that resembles it before. Lots of magazines (example: Popular Mechanics) after WWII offered plans on how to build your own tractor using old car parts.
 

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That is a doodlebug. And a very nice one, appears to be early Ford or late '20s running gear.

Many post war farmers were forced to convert their running cars, trucks into stationary farm equipment and tractors.

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Now that I've studied it a little more I have to agree it's home made...and done very well I might add. It would definitely make a great cultivating tractor.
 

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Thanks TF

Thanks for all the help with identifying this little workhorse. I'll probably put it on Ebay to find out the value. Other suggestions or offers, just holler. Thanks again for the great help on TF. Wes
 
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