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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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    Wheel Horse Historian

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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. I updated my website to include a much faster checkout process and I also now accept credit cards. As always shipping is free to 48 United States of America.
  3. Website is Working Again

    After some system maintenance, the website is working once again. Please go ahead an order your books now that it has had service.
  4. 701 Hood Needed

    I'm looking for a nice 701 hood. My email is whrj35@aol.com
  5. 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/
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Feast (Part 3) As I looked toward the service counter, a large shadow began to cover the floor. There stood before me, a tall, robust man; his hands so large, that they appeared to be the size of winter gloves. I could see that he seemed to have a stern look on his face and his whiskers were speckled with crumbs and automotive grease. His glasses looked as they hadn't been cleaned in years and on his head stood a Red Sox cap so grease stained that it seemed to be at least a hundred years old. I extended my hand and said, " Hi, I called you about some old Wheel Horses". In a deep, gruff voice he answered a simple "and?" It's Christmas Eve, I'm closing, but I'll let you see them. I've had em for years". Well, there on a home made platform made of 2 x 4s and plywood stood two tractors that I had never seen before. At this time,I didn't have much knowledge regarding these tiny tractors. He burst out, " These here are Ride-Away Juniors from the 1950s." I didn't know what they were, but they sure looked old sitting there in their natural patina, covered with dust. I noticed that these tractors didn't look worn or rusty, just old and dirty. I asked if they were for sale and the man rubbed his beard. "I never thought about selling them. If I did, they would be expensive"! That one there is as old as molasses, don't know much about it, took it in a trade". The other one there saved this town. He then went on to tell me, that back in the 50's a bank was being built in the town. The only problem was that they poured the foundation and built the structure, without pouring a basement floor. They couldn't get a machine in there to do the grading and it would take far too long to do it by hand. The bank was very large and there were many piles of dirt, six feet high down there. Apparently, the town needed this bank open on a certain date, as they had arranged a big celebration that involved the bank's president coming in from a long distance, the mayor, town's people and even a marching band. The giant of a man then went on to tell me that he had the solution. He had recently heard about some sort of new tractor that could do just about anything except milk a cow. As he told the people in charge about his solution, they told him to order it. Soon thereafter, arrived a wooden crate. As they opened the crate, the foreman was angry, saying that this thing would never work! They then opened the crate, filled the engine with oil and gasoline, mounted the snow plow attachment and pulled the cord. It started on the fourth pull and ran "all day". It was the only machine that would fit through the door opening in the concrete foundation. He went on to tell me that they plowed dirt for fourteen hours and even poured the concrete floor the very same night. As the band opened the next day, the town was saved!. I finally convinced him to sell me the tractor and its companion. Rubbing his beard once again, he barked out, "Em give me $800 for the pair". No way did I have that kind of money with me, but I convinced him to sell me the "bank" tractor for $400. He agreed to hold the other tractor until the following week. So I loaded the tractor into my little trailer and headed home, so excited that I could scream! When I finally returned home, it was dark. I no sooner shut the engine off and I heard a call from the back door. "Come in for dinner, it's Christmas Eve"! As I enjoyed my Feast of the Seven Fishes I had an excitement that I hadn't felt since I was a kid. As time passed, I learned from my local dealer that the tractor that "saved the town" was called an RJ-58 and the other one was a RJ-35. Even he had to search through piles of paper work to identify them. Merry Christmas to Everyone, Mike Martino
  13. As the seafood sauce simmered on the stove, I convinced my wife that I needed to make this trip to Blackstone Massachusetts. It was a very cold Christmas Eve and the ground had a light covering of snow. I knew it wouldn't be that difficult to get my trailer out from the back of the yard, and I was correct. I hooked her up and off I went. I don't know if you're like me, but whenever I go on a tractor call, I get very excited. As I traveled up the Connecticut coastline and into Rhode island, I couldn't help thinking that the other drivers were heading somewhere for Christmas and here I was going to look at a tractor. The small state of Rhode Island seemed to go on forever, but eventually I arrived in Massachusetts at the dealer. As I slowly pulled into the parking lot, I could see the tractors at hand proudly on display in the front window. I didn't want to show my excitement, but I had to convince this gentleman that he must sell me these two tractors. As I walked in through the front door and stepped on in, past the Wheel Horse doormat, I was transported to a Wheel Horse dealership back in the early 1960s. I immediately noticed all sorts of Wheel Horse signs, clocks, thermometers, etc. Don't forget to check back next Saturday for more of the story.
  14. It truly was my pleasure Neil. Mostly the look on your face after eating clams on the half shell. LOL
  15. Especially at Christmas time, I love to share great stories about Wheel Horse tractors as I feel it’s the "human" side of the hobby that makes it so much fun. This morning, I am thinking back to a special Christmas when I found a very special tractor. I believe it was Christmas Eve 1997. The day began the way it always does on Christmas Eve. As usual, I started my Christmas Eve day by going down to Bud’s fish market in Branford, CT, located right on Long Island Sound. In Italian families, Christmas Eve is celebrated with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. There are many thoughts for what the number "7" means. Seven is the most repeated number in the Bible. Some people believe that the number seven represents completion. When God completed the universe, He rested on the seventh day. It may also represent the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Now, the traditional feast at the Martino house usually consists of baccala salad (Salted Cod), fried flounder, fried shrimp, fried clam strips, fried scallops, clams on the half shell, and spaghetti with seafood sauce. The sauce contains many seafood delights. At around 10:00 am, the kitchen smelled Heavenly and the aroma of seafood and fresh baked bread seemed like it could be smelled for miles. While the sauce was simmering (It usually does all day), I decided to call back a man who I spoke to months previous. He was the owner of a small Wheel Horse dealership in Mass. At the time we spoke, he told me that he had two old Wheel Horse tractors, but would never sell them. They were very special to him and he had them on display in his front window. He explained how they were sitting on an elevated platform that he had made for them about 30 years earlier. As he described the tractors, I knew that they had to be very old, as he said the engine was in between your legs. He referred to them as “Ball Burners”. Check out this post next Saturday for some more of the story.
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