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About Wheelhorsestory

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    Author - Straight From the Horse's Mouth- The Wheel Horse St
  • Birthday 10/15/1963

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    I have owned just about every Pond and Wheel Horse tractor manufactured from 1946-1960. I now retain only my three favorites. A 1955 Rideaway Junior with cable steering, a 1958 Rideaway, Junior, and a custom "Straight From the Horse's Mouth" tribute tractor.
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    My custom.

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    Northford, CT
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    Public School Music Teacher 32 Years/ Professional Trumpeter 40 Years
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  1. Enclosed trailer flooring options

    I want to tell you about an amazing product that very few people know about, since it isn't widely publicized for trailers anymore. It is called BED RUG. It looks just like indoor/outdoor carpet, but it is actually made our of plastic fibers. You can wash it and water will not go through it. You can also vacuum or sweep it. It is resistant to fuel and oil. Today they only make molded pickup truck molded bed rugs, but if you call them, they will sell you off the roll. It comes six feet wide with a minimum order of ten feet in length. I just did my trailer this year and I absolutely love it. I use my trailer to haul tractors, sleep at the show, haul mulch, dirt, furniture,etc. It cleans like new each time you hose it down. I even did the ramp door because it repels water, has great traction, and is super durable. You mount it with a spray adhesive available from them or Home Depot. They also have aluminum covers for edging if needed. I went half way up my walls as well as the floor. It is a dark gray/black color. I believe it costs about $10 a linear foot. Here is a link. http://www.bedrug.com/products/bed-mats.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw-ezKBRCGwqyK0rHzmvkBEiQAu-_-LCqJprtgdt3myQH_gpXnkHTR3i8xoxhTPWIrdv_0BWcaAsGc8P8HAQ You won't be disappointed!
  2. 701 Hood Needed

    I'm looking for a nice 701 hood. My email is whrj35@aol.com
  3. Prayer requested

    You and Maggie are in my prayers. May God give you not only perfect healing and recovery, but peace of mind knowing that He is right beside you/
  4. Hi Everyone, I am looking for the ball stops, spring stop, and shift pin stop for a 1962 Lawn Ranger Uni-drive transmission. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mike Martino
  5. Looking for information on this Wheelhorse advertising

    I have the tape measure as well. They were made as a give away if took a test drive. I don't know the exact year but I have always assumed around 1966. Hope this helps. Mike
  6. Help Needed K181 Retro-fit Wiring for Dummies

    Thanks Fellas, it seems straight forward enough. Very good directions. John, could I use a two pole toggle switch in place of my one pole key switch? Also, is there a particular regulator I I should try to find? Terry, I found mostly everything on Ebay, the internet, or my friend Joe Papke. The NOS block is not a H55D, but a H50 fro a Rupp Mini Bike that has been fitted with a correct piston and valves. Everything else from the H55 matched up perfectly. Since the H55D is hard to find and even hard to find any information, I am wondering if Wheel Horse had Tecumseh spec out the engine and part numbers just for them. The only difference what so ever between the H50 and H55D block seems to be a few casting variations that don't have anything to do with operation. Now, I am not an engine expert by any means, but it seems to all work in harmony.
  7. Hey Guys, I need help with some wiring. This is my week point! I need wiring for beyond dummies (LOL). I love the low sound of the Kohler so I searched and I bought a NOS Kohler K181 (Late 60ish) with the later starter and stator, not starter/generator. It also has an exterior coil and solenoid. I am putting this on my 1962 Lawn Ranger Project, "Straight From the Horse's Mouth " tractor. The engine has a wire harness coming out of it with two wires in a plug. My tractor has the old push button starter switch along with the on and off key switch with ampmeter. Can someone draw me a detailed wiring diagram that shows the complete set up. I greatly appreciate any help I can get. If you want to email me a diagram it is whrj35@aol.com. Also, I will have the original (very rare) Tecumseh H55D (electric start from a 32E) completely rebuilt with all NOS parts including the block. Its up and running, but you will have to tinker with the timing. After all it's a Tecumseh! Thanks, Mike
  8. Help Needed K181 Retro-fit Wiring for Dummies

    Hey Guys, I need help with some wiring. This is my week point! I need wiring for beyond dummies (LOL). I love the low sound of the Kohler so I searched and I bought a NOS Kohler K181 (Late 60ish) with the later starter and stator, not starter/generator. It also has an exterior coil and solenoid. I am putting this on my 1962 Lawn Ranger Project, "Straight From the Horse's Mouth " tractor. The engine has a wire harness coming out of it with two wires in a plug. My tractor has the old push button starter switch along with the on and off key switch with ampmeter. Can someone draw me a detailed wiring diagram that shows the complete set up. I greatly appreciate any help I can get. If you want to email me a diagram it is whrj35@aol.com. Also, I will have the original (very rare) Tecumseh H55D (electric start from a 32E) completely rebuilt with all NOS parts including the block. Its up and running, but you will have to tinker with the timing. After all it's a Tecumseh! Thanks, Mike
  9. Wanted Kohler K161 or K181

    I am looking for a nice running and complete K161 or K181 with starter generator set up (early to mid 60s)for a project that I have in the works. Must be running well, complete, and willing to ship. Thanks for your help everyone.
  10. Straight From the Horse's Mouth

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I am glad you are enjoying my book. Of recent it has also become very popular among farm tractor enthusiasts. I am very proud of it! Happy Thanksgiving, Mike Martino Author: Straight From the Horse's Mouth
  11. Straight From the Horse's Mouth

    Thank you Frank.
  12. Straight From the Horse's Mouth

    I'm glad you enjoyed my book Dennis.
  13. Bob Maynard's 2015 WHCC SHOW PICTURES

    Thank you for taking all the beautiful pictures Bob. I couldn't make it this year, but the pictures you took made feel like I was there. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate both days, but I'm sure that everyone had a good time. Mike Martino
  14. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this Year's Show. Books are still available at www.wheelhorsestory.com I hope each of you have a wonderful time. Sunshine, friends, family, food, and of course WHEEL HORSE! Regards, Michael Martino
  15. RJ35 Brake Kit Install Request

    Hi Guys, I found this older post and thought it was a great topic! I have had some early Ride-Away Juniors (RJ-35) that had the rod and some that had the cable. These were original 1955 tractors, so as with all of the tractors produced early on, I would venture to say that some of the later 1955 models had the cable operated brake. The rods often would hit the bottom of the shroud. The other consideration is that these brake kits were sold separately and therefore could have been purchased at a dealer and installed on a 1955 tractor at some later date. I know that if I bought one of these tractors and then experienced the downhill free-wheeling, I would probably add the brake kit. We have to remember that just because the calendar page was flipped to the New Year, it was not a definitive model year delineation that we see in automobiles. In other words, they may have switched from the rod to the cable in, let's say November 1955, or even after the new year. Other examples of this can be found in the rims, steering wheels, frame details, hitch assembly, and even decals and paint color schemes. Don't you just love this type of stuff? I enjoy it as well as seeing the zeal that is shared among enthusiasts. Enjoy, Mike
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