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1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration


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I managed to get the Sears Economy back in the shop now that most of the "end of season" cleanup/repair on the working farm equipment has been completed and now put away. I brought it back in and tore it down in preparation for sandblasting and painting. My brother had a couple days he took off after Christmas from his day job and he helped fast track the paint preparation. Properly masking rubber tires can be time consuming! We have it down to a science now, but it's only so fast you can do that job! Anyway after disassembly it was taken outside to sandblast, then just a few things were reinstalled just before shooting it in epoxy primer. I went with base clear this time and everything went great. The color that has been determined to be considered a match for the original red is PPG #70961 Roman Red.

After laying down the red base, I marked out the correct location for the 1/16" wide orange frame pinstripes. After installing them I laid the clear down over everything. I think it turned out rather well.

The original
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Looks GREAT. Enjoy the pic's, thanks for posting updates.
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One step closer! Last week I got the 2nd round of painting completed and then those parts installed. Our paint room is 20 x 20 and so it gets too full if your painting too much stuff, especially if it's all disassembled and hanging individually, so I usually break it down into batches of parts to be painted, installed, and then do it all over again until it's finally finished!
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Just thought I'd throw out a little progress info other than just paint work as I know that can get boring real fast! Anyway, as was lots of things on this tractor, my serial number tag was missing, but I knew the serial number. These tags were made out of aluminum and many have not survived over the years unfortunately on Sears Economys. I have found however a few tags on other guys tractors that were darn near perfect condition. So I took photographs and dimensions off of them and went ahead and had 10 of them reproduced identical in every aspect to the original. After having them made, the next hurdle to overcome was finding a place that could emboss the model and serial numbers. These tags were not stamped like most manufactures did, they embossed them. Most places I contacted either wouldn't mess with a small quantity or said they would be forced to charge a small fortune to do just one. Fortunately I found an excellent place to deal with down in Texas that could and would gladly do it. I had 2 other friends whose tractors were also missing the serial number tags so I had the company emboss all 3 just like original.

Picture #1: You will see all 3 tags that I had done, but the top tag in the picture is the one for my tractor.

Picture *2: A poor quality picture from the original owner's manual shows the United Oil Bath decal that I was needing to locate and hadn't been able to find. I called up Maple Hunter decals and they knew exactly what it was and sold me just that decal. It is the same one the early Allis Chalmers WC's used!

Pictures #3: The new decal.

Picture #4: After base and clear had been laid down on the most recent batch of parts.

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Here are some pics after the last batch of painted parts were installed. The next and last step will be sheet metal!
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Well I've finally gotten around to posting a few pics of the last round of painting which was the sheet metal only. After sanding the high build primer, I laid down the base, followed by the 2 pinstripes on the side panels as you can see in the first picture. After that I laid the clear on to finally finish the paint work!
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Well Everyone, this restoration is now completed and I have now finally gotten around to getting some pictures posted. It's been a fun project. I enjoy the painting for a little while but would much rather be wrenching! The first outing for it will probably be the club's annual "National Graham-Bradley & Sears Sold Farm Tractors Show" @ the Winamac Power From the Past show in Winamac, IN July 18-21, 2019. Mark your calendars for that show if you'd like to see a bunch of Graham-Bradleys, Bradleys, Sears Economys, and Thrifty Farmers! If you are restoring a Sears Economy and have any questions or are looking for parts be sure and contact me. I have had a lot of stuff reproduced and may be able to help you out.
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Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Wonderful result.Have never seen these tractors in person,which made your posts fun to keep up with.
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Excellent job! The only thing more incredible than seeing the end result is knowing what little you started with, and how long the road was to get it to this point. Again, well done!
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Congratulations on another fine restoration! After Squatch's reply I had to go back to page one and see what you did start with, as it has been so long I had forgotten. I actually started following this thread about halfway through if I remember correctly. It really is amazing when you see what you started with! Makes me feel better about what I start with for some of my projects, LOL! I am not the only crazy one Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing throughout the restoration process, I appreciate seeing how people work on things. Teaches a lot.
So the big question now, what's the next one the list?
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Congratulations on another fine restoration! After Squatch's reply I had to go back to page one and see what you did start with, as it has been so long I had forgotten. I actually started following this thread about halfway through if I remember correctly. It really is amazing when you see what you started with! Makes me feel better about what I start with for some of my projects, LOL! I am not the only crazy one Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing throughout the restoration process, I appreciate seeing how people work on things. Teaches a lot.
So the big question now, what's the next one the list?
Thanks Jacob WI for the kind comments! I've gotten to where if it isn't a challenge I'd rather let someone else who's not interested in the extra work and no doubt expense, restore it. Glad to hear you're the same way!

As for the next project tractor on the list, it will be helping my brother finalize the repair work on his Co-op B2 Junior this summer with plans to paint next winter. I still have 2 tractors to restore, a 1936 Silver King Hiway Mowing tractor and a 1935 Parrett #6. I'd really like to do the Parrett, but I really need to finish the SK first since I already have all new tires on it and the mower rebuilt.

With some new developments within the last week on finding an original conditioned SE in an OK woods, we have been able to verify some additional pin stripping that the Sears Economy had originally. We also were finally able to determine what the exact specific headlights and brackets that the SE used were. So now with that information, I have to finalize those details on my SE. So this thread may still get a few more updates before it's all said and done!
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Well I finally have Sears Economy #1031 completed! Managed to find the correct pair of lights and mounting brackets on Ebay. The lights were gone clear through and the clamp rings were sent out to be re-chromed. Correct additional pin-stripping was added to the tops of the fenders and front of the upper radiator tank. We are calling it completed!
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