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Gents,

 

i picked this up yesterday. Serial 46574

 

ive searched and can't seem to find a chart or method for determining what this model is specifically by serial number.

 

it looks identical to my 551's but seller listed as 401. Engine is a Tecumsah 5.5hp or at least it appears so to my uneducated eyes.

 

can it be locked in by serial? Perhaps it is a repower or actually started life as a 501/551.

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With that hoodstand, the 2 piece transmission (401 still used the 3 piece) and the 5hp definitely a 551. The 401 has the same hoodstand as a 400. The 551 had the battery in front of the motor like that one.:)

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551 has the two piece transmission,  and @Racinbob types faster than me!    :text-coolphotos:

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Oops, I was in the edit mode to add that about the 2 piece so technically you beat me.:D

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Thanks gentlemen! 

 

It all fits my master plan to a tee then!

 

Sweet!

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8 minutes ago, Racinbob said:

technically you beat me.

We will just call it a tie, the important thing is that @Aldon has come one step closer to Wheel Horse Nirvana.

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oh my goodness, those rear tires got me so excited! ;) Definitely different....

 

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Great to find one with an original serial number tag like that.

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It definitely got me moving yesterday. In order to assure I did not miss out I drove almost 8 hours round trip last night and did pick up in dark of night in springfield MA.

 

i have another patina 551 which I will make this one whole with. Pretty stoked about the condition of hood, steering wheel, the tires and the serial number as mentioned.

Already started the process...

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Yeah. It's joes brother for sure:-)

 

look at this awesome frame repair...

 

in process of determining if they welded the tranny or not. 

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Just so you know...there are no 501's.  :)  Nice find Aldon.

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Thanks. For the info and compliment. Lol

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Couldn't use the hydraulic puller on the steering wheel Aldon?

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2 minutes ago, WHX12 said:

Couldn't use the hydraulic puller on the steering wheel Aldon?

 

Actually I could but it would be quite cumbersome.

 

The real challenge on this one was getting the roll pin free. Without damaging the phenolic plastic or whatever that compound is on outer grip area.

15 hours ago, stevasaurus said:

Just so you know...there are no 501's.  :)  Nice find Aldon.

 

This was really a brain cramp on my part. I knew this ...but was on autopilot to error:-)

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I see, no don't want to damage that, that is one of the nicer ones I have see... only a couple of minor cracks. :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Those wheels are really close to Bakelite , which is a sort of pre-resin material . There are fillers made for it , and VHT makes a very potent black vinyl/interior dye ( UV stable) that will make it black again after you repair the cracks . Just be sure to blast those areas dead clean first so everything can bite into it and adhere properly . Once cured , sanded to match the profile - use Eastwood's Diamond Clear on the whole wheel - it will literally look like new . I did that with a '68 Charger 12's steering wheel years back and it still looks like the day I finished it .

 

Sarge

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Working for a living sure inhibits hobby time.

 

But I was able to break it down some more.

 

And I'm 75% certain that they did not weld onto the 3 speed tranny so that's good news. 

 

Took a a day off and should be able to get more done tomorrow.

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WOW! You have been busy. You are making a lot more progress than I am. Good news on the tranny not being welded.

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So lemme get this straight @Racinbob ...you're saying some '61's (551's or others) did have a two piece in them?  I was always under the thought that 2 piece tranny were not brought out till early '62? Was it just late 61 that the f plate frames were being produced? Please excuse my ignorance on your thread Aldon but I like to pick Bob's brain... lots of good stuff :wh:wise in ther!

Never mine Bob ...in thinking now a 701 would have had a two piece!

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All 1961 701 and 551 tractors had the two piece transmission while the 401 retained the three piece trans.

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