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So I was looking at a tractor the other day for someone else and the gentleman said he would show me some of his Father's cache of tractors.  In the piles of things he had stashed in a barn was a shop mule.  Nothing in there was show ready but most were complete machines.  I have seen them at RPRU and I know there were several models.  I did not get any pictures but I have always found these interesting.  Does anyone have one?  What is the value of something like that?  It supposedly drove to the spot it was sitting and that was not too many years ago.  It had heavy tires (not ag rib) and split rims on the back with a pan seat.  There was a large brush guard on the front that looked to be original to the machine.  In the darkness I couldn't tell exactly what powered it.  The battery was in a box that hung off the side of the tractor awkwardly.  His only comment was "I think it used to tow airplanes around or something".

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Here is a pic I took of a nicely done example at RPRU 2016

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2+2 guy has one.

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X2 2+2 guy has one.  It was in progress when I saw it in October of 16, and it was looking good then.  Depending on how busy he's been, no doubt it looks great by now. 

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Yep still "in process". Seems as though life has just gotten in the way. It was rather crudely restored when I bought it. I started out to just make some minor improvements and then one thing led to another as it always seems to when working on old tractors.:lol: Mine came from New Hampshire and I was told that it spent it's working life moving airplanes around at the Manchester, NH airport. We drove out to NH to pick it up in 2014 and I had the pleasure of meeting ny bill o and was given a tour of his dairy farm and his museum of agriculture.

Remember our breakfast together, Bill?

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Here’s some pictures of an old W.F. Hebard Co. sale flyer. 

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John yours needs the 3 person cab. 

 

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I can’t imagine stuffing 3 guys in there. :o

To answer Sledgehammer’s original question on their value, I guess that all depends on if you’re buying or selling. 

This one was at RPRU in Sedalia. Personally, I’d say that something in the $3000 range is more realistic. 

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Thanks John. I was curious and you don't really see them around online or in a shed on a farm in Southern Illinois. I really don't have an airplane to tow around or anything. If I get back over there I will try and snap some pictures.  Here is a video I found on U-toob. 

Are they really geared to run that fast?  The one I saw had that push bar on it but was a longer wheelbase and a pan seat vs, that forklift looking seat. 

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The late Harold H (Holiman) from here on Respower was a shop mule fan------am thinking had one.  

His dad Slim managed the Delta Implement storm in Greenville, Ms forever---------and the store used one around the shop for a long time.  May be wrong------I was thinking it was basically a model B???  Might search some of Harold H's threads and pick up some info (if they are still listed??)

 

DD 

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38 minutes ago, Delta Dirt said:

The late Harold H (Holiman) from here on Respower was a shop mule fan------am thinking had one.  

His dad Slim managed the Delta Implement storm in Greenville, Ms forever---------and the store used one around the shop for a long time.  May be wrong------I was thinking it was basically a model B???  Might search some of Harold H's threads and pick up some info (if they are still listed??)

 

DD 

I think they were based on a Power unit. Can't imagine that 3 man cab in the add above.  If it was actually something that would run 15-20 mph like it looked in that video then it would be a really fun tractor drive rig. Kind of funny looking and a surprise :)

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Hebard built several different models for various applications. The A14 & A21 models that used the Farmall A components do not run like the one in the video above. I suspect that one used IH truck components in the drive train. Hebard was eventually purchased by Buda and then Buda was purchased by Allis Chalmers. There was a very good article in Red Power Magazine about a year ago on the Hebard Company and its use of IH components. I'll see if I can find that and post some more pictures. Meanwhile here's another version of one with a cab.

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10 hours ago, 2+2 Guy said:

Yep still "in process". Seems as though life has just gotten in the way. It was rather crudely restored when I bought it. I started out to just make some minor improvements and then one thing led to another as it always seems to when working on old tractors.:lol: Mine came from New Hampshire and I was told that it spent it's working life moving airplanes around at the Manchester, NH airport. We drove out to NH to pick it up in 2014 and I had the pleasure of meeting ny bill o and was given a tour of his dairy farm and his museum of agriculture.

Remember our breakfast together, Bill?

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sure do remember, john. its not every day that i get out of state visitors to see my collection. matter of fact, I could count them on one hand with fingers left over.

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The shop mules I have been around were all industrial  moving equipment.  Most were left over from wars. All were powered by the flat head engines with the distributor sticking out the head and were torque converter drive based.  Designed for LARGE warehouse and runways they had 20" truck tires rear and 16" fronts.  With a 1/2" steel high push bumper they were strong enough to move a 2.5T fuel truck to a safe place. OR pull a train of minni wagons full of supplies at a shipyard and of course heavy airplanes.  I have never seen an IH machine they were always an industrial brand, Wakashaw, comes to mind.

 

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This one has the tires and bumper mentioned by ole man and the rest looks like Johns picture

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