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I was going through my Grandfather's old photo album and saw this picture. Though he was from Ohio, he and his brothers went to Iowa for a time to work. I think that is what my Grandmother told me, but it's hard to remember everything as she told me so much about the old days. She died a little over a year ago at 111 years old. Anyway, I think this picture is from when they were in Iowa. Can anyone tell me what this tractor is? Sorry for the poor picture quality. It is very old.
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Looks like a early Nichols and Shepard gas tractor? maybe 22 hp or 36 hp?
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It is a very early version 35-70 N&S oil- gas tractor. The horizontal section radiator and light channel frame were only used a very short time. None of this version seems to have survived. Large 2 cyl engine with a steam type fly ball governor, produced around 90 hp at low rpm. They were designed primarily for plowing the vast prairies. I have a old photo of one on a sawmill , empty fuel barrels all around the site! Had one of those early carbs with the steel balls that lifted as the load increased. Very inefficient and used enormous amounts of fuel. One of the big reasons these units were parked.
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It is a very early version 35-70 N&S oil- gas tractor. The horizontal section radiator and light channel frame were only used a very short time. None of this version seems to have survived. Large 2 cyl engine with a steam type fly ball governor, produced around 90 hp at low rpm. They were designed primarily for plowing the vast prairies. I have a old photo of one on a sawmill , empty fuel barrels all around the site! Had one of those early carbs with the steel balls that lifted as the load increased. Very inefficient and used enormous amounts of fuel. One of the big reasons these units were parked.
Did all the early ones have full cabs on them?.The one in the picture looks like they took some of the cab apart for better viewing
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The only photo I've seen of one without a cab was of the prototype during field trials. I agree that in the above, they've removed a few panels for visibility or ventilation. Like the early Hart Parrs, the channel iron frame was too light and would bend and twist under load and soon failed. The later versions in all sizes had a heavier plate steel frame, those were a much better foundation and kept the gearing in better alignment and less wear. It's really a shame that more of these didn't survive, when in good repair, they were quite the brute for power. I did for a while have the remains of one of the 3 that survive, hopefully at some point it will be reconstructed into a working tractor again.
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Thanks for the replies. That photo must have been taken somewhere in the 20's, because he was out there before he got married in the 30's. When you say that tractor was one of the earlier ones, what years would that be?
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