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Any Empire tractors here?


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Old 01-04-2011, 06:51:59 PM
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Question Any Empire tractors here?

Curious how many SmokStakers have an Empire tractor.

I've had one for several years and this winter have gotten to working on mine. Mine had a worn out F-head Jeep engine transplant at some time in its past. The correct engine is a L-head (flathead) Willys engine. I ended up buying 3 flathead parts engines and with the three engines came up with enough used parts and bought some new parts to build up a flathead engine for mine. While the engine was out, also had the transmission and transfer case rebuilt which is good as they were also worn out.

Hope to have mine at the Tulare show in April.

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Old 01-04-2011, 07:28:57 PM
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Empire Tractor Corporation of Philadelphia, PA manufactured these tractors out of surplus WWII Jeep parts.

This is a 1947 Empire Model 88. Four-cylinder, 60 horsepower with six forward speeds and two reverse; this one has hydraulic three-point hitch and a PTO.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:01:13 PM
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Dear George A friend of mine in Gardiner, Maine, Prince Stephens, was one of the founders of an Empire tractor group at least 15 years ago. I think it is still in operation and will get the info if you are interested.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:09:35 PM
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

George,
I have had mine for several years and find it very handy. The National Empire meet will be at Kinzers PA this year at the Rough and Tumble Engineers August reunion. I'll be there with mine.

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Old 01-05-2011, 02:13:23 PM
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

I've belonged to the Empire Tractor Club ever since I bought my Empire several years ago.

The biggest problem for me is it only appears there are a few Empire tractors in the west and the vast majority of them are east coast. Hence the Empire tractor club shows don't get further west than the mid-west which is still a long ways for me.
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

bet that thing will run fast with that willy engine and tranny in it. how did they limit speed in those drive train parts so it doesnt flip or hurt the operator especialy since those probally weigh less than a jeep itself
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:08:32 PM
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

The NOVI governor limited the engine to about 2000 RPM.
At 2000 RPM the tractor should do around 20mph in high gear.

Since I don't have a governor on my engine, mine will most likely go faster than 20mph, but at the present time my rear tires are not balanced well enough to go too fast on the road.

Besides the Jeep rearend, the tractor had further reduction with a chain drive added to further gear it down for tractor work.
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

The Empire was the featured tractor at the 2007 "Pageant of Steam" (Canandaigua, NY). A dozen or more restored Empire tractors were on display and operating at the show: http://www.pageantofsteam.org/2007pics.php

Fascinating machines!
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An Empire 90 was one of my first tractors. Got it at least 30 years ago. It had been used at the Toledo Express Airport to haul around baggage carts. Still have it!
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

hi i do not own a empire tractor but there is one 10 miles up the road from me that a friend of mine owns.
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

I know that this is a really old post but I have one.
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Default Re: Any Empire tractors here?

On our trips north in central Kansas there used to be one sitting outside a garage for years, wasn't for sale then, long since gone.
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www.empiretractor.net

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGUt-YSUSuU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpQH5WgZz2A
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