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Senior (RS-83) & Lever Steer Registry Update 2/6

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Thank you Ron for undertaking this.  Would be great to get a very good idea on what is still out there.  Keep up the good work!

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Ron, that's a great idea keeping a registry of the Seniors and Lever Steers. Do you know how many were originally manufactured and/or are estimated to exist today compared to the number actually registered so far?

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Hi Ron,

  That's a beauty!  I have nothing to report. My faithful 518-520 is all I got. Thanks for asking. I look forward to reading the posts and seeing some great photos. best, dwc

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I know of 2 seniors near me , message sent

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I've tried to contact Bill Pearson but no answer so far. He probably could name at least a dozen owners.

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Wow! Stevebo, She's a beauty! The picture looks so perfect that it looks like a painting! Are the hoods fiberglass on those?

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Here's mine. Collecting parts still. Got just about everything except the small throttle cable bracket on the engine block. Pm if you have a spare

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According to Wisconsin s/n: 2667569. 1956 with a hood plus optional distributor timing

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Ron, that's a great idea keeping a registry of the Seniors and Lever Steers. Do you know how many were originally manufactured and/or are estimated to exist today compared to the number actually registered so far?

From memory I heard that around 500 seniors were built but not sure if that would include the lever steers though.

Here is a pic of mine

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Hello Everyone, I will do another update later this week, but for now WOW !!

We were at 26 Seniors, I hope to confirm that we may hit 30 + Seniors !!

I will keep everyone posted !

 

To answer a few questions, I don't think the exact number of Seniors and Lever Steers

produced will ever be known unless production figures are found.

With that being said I was told an estimated 50 of each model were still left ??

That is not a lot, is it possible we can find these 100 tractors or the majority of them.

By the amazing response you have given the answer is yes !

We are more then half way to finding the estimated 50 Seniors.

The Lever Steers are moving slow but they are moving !!

Information collected, Name & Contact info, City & State, Tractor & Year if known.

This is all we need to put on the list, ALL personal information will be kept PRIVATE.

 

Since I have a Senior and know nothing about them, I look to this club and the years

of knowledge all its members hold to help me and others do our best to keep

our tractors running so we can ride them show them and share them with the rest of

the world.

 

Thank you ALL !!

 

Ron Greco

rsgreco@embarqmail.com

 

   

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   I have never seen a WHEEL  HORSE tractor like these they sure look neat.

 

                                  Bob

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I removed the hood from my Senior today, I wrote down the serial

number (2443669) found on the Wisconsin engine and looked it up to

confirmed the date April 1 thru May 1 1955.

I then went to the Senior registry and looked up serial numbers

people have given with their information. 

I am Happy to report that my Senior has a big brother #2443662

living in New York !! 

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Gary Pond (Cecil's son) sent me the following:
 
 

The last lever steer that I saw was one at the National Collectors show was photographed with my son in Arnhem, PA near Gettysburg. I'm sure there are others.  Michael Martino the author of the Wheel Horse Story may know of others.
 
I once sent that photo to Red Square, so you may still have I it...I may be able to find it and/or my son might have a copy if you want it.


The picture is here somewhere, I'll try to find it.


 
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The above photo shows 4th generation Jonathon Pond with a tractor that his Great-Granddad Elmer Pond designed.

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If anyone is nearby and can check, that would add another to the list maybe?  Another note from Gary Pond:
 

Yes, this was taken at the 2nd Book Signing of Straight From the Horse’s Mouth – the Wheel Horse Story..  Sorry, I was thinking this was a tiller steering tractor, I can now see it wasn’t.  Memories can be tricky.  I’m wondering if the Studebaker Museum in South Bend has this model.  I have not been there for years (Now a new building on Chapin St) but they used to have a Wheel Horse display with other previous SB companies

My son Jonathon was very close to his Grand Dad.
 
Gary

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Hello everyone, I am just overwhelmed by the emails.

The Seniors are off and running and today we have 31

confirmed on the list, with Ohio having the most at 9.

 

The Levers are still at 14 with the breakdown as:

6 in Ohio, 5 in Michigan, 2 in Illinois and 1 in Indiana.

I am wondering if anyone else finds that strange that only

14 Lever Steers are on the list and they are in 4 states ??

I know there are more members out there with them, lets

put them on the list.

 

The only way to record the serial number on a hooded Senior

with a Wisconsin engine is to remove the hood . I did this

recently, and as the people that have done it before can tell

you it takes a little time and patience.

 

My serial number 2443669 was made April - May 1955,

looking over the registry I found serial number 2404933 made

Feb - Mar 1955 & 2443662 made April - May 1955. This tractor

the same month as mine and is only 7 away from mine. With this

kind of information the registry may be able to get a idea of how

many tractors they produced each month or a close estimate. I also have number

2667669 Oct - Nov 1956. If anyone would like to know the date their

Wisconsin engine 1936 - 1959 or Briggs 1933 - 1958 was built

let me know I will look it up for you, Thank you Clyde Potts

for giving me this information to pass along !

 

I am working on tracking down leads like the tractors possibly

in the Studebaker Museum.  I have also received names that once

confirmed my take the Seniors over the 40 mark !!

 

I ask everyone to keep an eye out this year at the shows write down

the owners information or have them contact me so we don't loose

the tractors that started it all, our history is our future !

 

Thanks again to everyone for all the help !!

 

Ron Greco

rsgreco@embarqmail.com

 

 

 

 

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the guy standing up in the pic next to his lever steer has a senior also I can not remember his name he always sets up across from us at the wheel horse show

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Brian,

That is Redbone on the forum. I bought the front snow plow from him last year at the big show. I think that he had his for sale on here a few months back. Not sure if it sold or not.

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A friend of mine has one.  Thomas Barker, Livermore Falls, Maine  207-897-5982  I received an honorable mention for listing the tractor in a WH magazine back in the 90s.  I will try to get a picture of it in the next few days.

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Steve,

That is not Todd but has a close resemblance.

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