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Ed Leaman

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  • Birthday 10/16/1955

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    Willow Street, Pa.
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    BOAT TAIL BUICK'S Big old road trucks Hunting!! Rare tractors of any brand

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  1. What did it end up selling for? I didn't get much chance to spend time at the computer lately ed
  2. I think the FWD axle was used by the military for a good spell of time. And NY state ran a fleet of those old FWD brand trucks for snow removal, Did IH actually receive the FWD brand axle at the plant for installation? or for distribution? The spicer sure made things more desirable.
  3. I don't know any thing bout this tractor or its history, but if the axle functions I bet she goes a little ways yet. That axle is more user friendly than the Coleman's. Had a locking front differential and is actually pretty strong as far as weight carrying ability ; The weakness was in the transfer case and the cause of most of its "bad" name came from lack of understanding how to treat and grease them. And once Elwood went onto the planetary axles these got left behind. Elwood tried to address the turning radius found in the Factory equipped colemans by shortening up the wheel base on these. Because the FWD truck axle has a center drive pinion, driveshaft angle and shaft clearance problems became a problem, This led to the small diameter drive shaft which is actually a one piece solid steel shaft to get past the bell housing with only a little bit of "rubbing". Most times the tires used on the front axle to make the inter axle ratio correct made for a nose in the air, which was a further accented by the short wheel base that not only looked odd but will make for wheel hop and eventually broken transfer cases. We found that by moving the axle front about 8 inches, lowering the pivot pin down several inches closer to the axle and putting a 2 piece drive shaft in with a carrier bearing that it becomes a usable axle. And while its costly; a custom built steel transfer case housing along with a torque rod out to the low spot of the case will help the transfer case survive. The problem today is availability of parts for this axle, I do try to keep one here for parts. ed Keep in mind that this axle design is from the late 40's, or 50's & they may have been used in Korean conflict. we were told they were military surplus when Elwood put them out. All were dealer added as far as I know and the first ones we saw were on early 66 series 4 speed tractors and the last ones we saw were on black stripe 1566 and 1568. We assume because you couldn't put a coleman on a 3 speed trans tractor. By 78 or 79 the 86 series came factory equipped with the later and better designed axle that Elwood built. This pictured axle is not seen on many 86 series, but they loved them in NY for while anyway!
  4. Not 100% sure but I think the axles from a 1066 will interchange with a 1256. Just responding from memory, didn't check books ed
  5. We made the flange pattern on this set up the same as all the 66 series tractors ran, wide variety of turbo's could be bolted on. All it takes is more fuel! We also can build with the next smaller plate TO3? like a cummins wears, Used a turbo off of a 426 AC ( from a gen set) on that setup that worked real well. Fast spool on that setup.
  6. custom built for DT 360 in billet steel with a T4 flange, (think that is correct description) made to mount the aftermarket 66 series exhaust system parts to keep cost down a bit. has the ports at head side to match the larger truck runners. Still may need to cut the tank for some applications. Oil ports are smart and the truck sized oil pump is a good idea too. Picture here is bolted to an ag 360 for display purpose
  7. That's a good looking tractor! plate looks like it worked too! If your gonna fill that cart you may want to add one of these if you have any hills. As for the differential parts, should be able to source from truck parts but it takes a knowledgeable parts man. Will need the ratio and casting numbers or better yet part numbers. Sometimes found stamped on end of pinion and if lucky on the ring gear. There is a good place in Mn. but cant think of the name tonight. ed
  8. Might be easier to finda good running take out and drop it in. 501's aren't too hard to find either. But your engine has the desirable updraft carb. Neat old project!
  9. Most applications of the 239 did not use frame rails, a Cummins repower would require frame rails, or at least support to the front bolster. We have looked into it and can build the adapter plate, flywheel, rails etc. But you MUST also use an internally balanced 4B and they are hard to find! Bolted into a solid mount like a tractor the unbalanced 4B Cummins engine is pure hateful. Closest thing to compare it to would be to pick up a running chainsaw with your teeth.. There is also need for some fancy engineering to get the starter into the bell due to 4B block being wide at the wrong spots. But if someone wants to do an install we are about to take the project on this summer
  10. I don't have any used for sale; I have been through the full process on figuring things out so that we can supply new ones, right down to next step is putting the $ in the pattern makers hands, And we know the quality will be great, we've used the folks before. They can get the original C# to look correct and are built right here in the USA. but unless I get committed orders with money to back them I don't see much need to build them. Everyone seems content to spend $1500+ for used ones but afraid to commit the $2k +/- to get a new one. To make it work at those prices i need 10 sold and half the money up front, that will cover the cost of the mold and a put little towards the minimum order they will cast. Just laying it back out there. you all know how to find me.
  11. Not sure what you mean by a fork cover gasket, The odds are that its coming from either the trans or the engine but not both. That all being said, since you will be splitting to fix the one you would be foolish not to go after both if you have any question in your mind as to the source.
  12. Sprag is gone, and I don't think anyone offers rebuilt ta's on an exchange basis for those anymore. They are a tricky thing to get the clutch pacs and bell washers adjusted correctly. We went to recommending a straight drive or Ta eliminator kit largely due to the high cost of new parts and the lack of available/possible improvements to do to them. I suppose there has been some improvements that have been done, as I believe it is similar to the 2 speed "P-Shift" found in the 4200 series and I think some other later model smaller tractors I am not very familiar with. Don't hear much about failures in the 4200 series of tractors.
  13. I think it would be a long way off in its 'interaxle ratio as pictured there. I would like to hear the tooth count on the transfer case gear in that one,
  14. I agree with Mike. I think there is increased interest in just about any of the "age" groups on series of tractors built since 1955
  15. Will be better than a new one till you are through there! I love the picture of the three in the grass! thanks Ed
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