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1917 Lauson Tractor 15-25 Project


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This is photo scan Lauson tractor 8 1/2 x 11 catalog no. 52 in my collection. This was sent to Michigan from Toledo, Ohio Lauson distributor( as shown printed on back). Regular size to large and largest duty special tractors showing every info.

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Marshal and I have begun to tear into this old girl
Gearing looks new! We have a strong suspicion this didn't see the field much, figure it was mainly belt power.
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Randy We got our honeycomb radiator for the Avery Trackrunner from Brassworks out in California. The core had a tag that it was built in Hants, England. It was a major problem mating it to the brass flanges. It did come out great and looks original. The cost is a major factor but we lucked out because someone ordered it and never picked it up and it happened to be the size we needed.[pure luck] Brassworks have ads in all the major tractor mags. Good luck just have a bank check ready. Ed B
Pic No 1 shows the brass flanges that we had to solder to the Honeycomb core. [cut out on a water jet] Pic No 2 is the top tank I fabricated from 1/4 inch plate. Last Pic is the core ready to bolt together.
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Just a quick photo update. Bull gear covers off and man are they are a heavy hunk of cast. We will be putting together a trailer load to take to Milwaukee to be dipped in rust remover. Tomorrow we'll be lifting the transmission off, but it stays home so we can wire brush it and flush the insides.
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So I said we were going to take the transmission off the frame and.....fail. Transmission 1, Reysen men 0. The pulley ended up being in the way of the removal so yesterday afternoon Marshal tapped the gib key and used a slide-hammer to remove the gib key. Thought it was going to be rusted like usual; however, it was oily the entire length of the key. Remarkably easy, I'm sure we will pay for this easy removal later.

Does anyone have a parts manual for an enclosed gear Lauson 15-25? I like photocopies or scans too.
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Got the transmission off tonight. Last thing will be the front wheels. Then as long as it's going to be 48 degrees in December this Saturday I'm going to steam clean the 90 year old grease off the parts in order to prep them better for the dipping.
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You'd better remember how to put it back together........ .......
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Funny you mention that Craig! I spent way too much time on the Hart-Parr trying to figure out where the heck all the parts and bolts go! This time I have a camera in the shop, permanent marker, and lots of Ziploc bags. Every nut, bolt, or part that can fit in a bag gets labeled. My brain just isn't what it used to be!

Any other, "keep track of stuff", suggestions are appreciated. Marshal said the other night, "we need to get this back together quickly, that way we will have a better chance remembering where things go." I think the idea is to reassemble and paint what we took apart and then work on the engine, radiator, and sheet metal.

Speaking of sheet metal. I took the fenders and dash off about a month ago and brought them into shop class at the high school I work for. The students are taking measurements and programming them into their CNC plasma cutter. Hope to actually bring the tractor in for the fitting of the parts when they finish. I think this would both be good experience for the students and hopefully plant a seed or two for a future collector.
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Randy, i hope you do, we need more young people interested in steel wheeled hand start tractors. They also need to learn the old trades to keep them alive. Jim
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Mr. Reysen,
That is an excellent project so thanks for sharing it with us. The Lausons were fine looking tractors.
Did they make the transmissions for them or was that bought in?
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Fond du Lac machine made Lauson transmissions.
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I was thinking that the transmissions were supplied by Foote Bros?
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Foote provided a LOT of transmissions.
I believe the 18-35 Rock Island I had was Foote equipped but they were pretty proud of their product and cast their name quite prominently into their housings.
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On the Lauson gear boxes I've been around, I've yet to find any kind of name or ID on them. Just the usual part numbers. Always wondered if Lauson supplied the castings and Fond du lac Machine did the rest. Might help explain the lack of a name. Who knows?
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Perhaps the image attached will help. Lauson tractors were built with primarily local Wisconsin parts. Transaxle Fond du lac Machine Co. of Fond du lac WI, clutchs were Twin Disc of Racine WI, Engines Leroi,Wisconsin and Beaver of Milwaukee WI, Radiators came from Racine WI. TACO governor and air cleaner of New Holstein WI. TACO (Tractor Appliance Company) was a separate company owned by John Lauson.
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Were some Lauson tractors tagged for Nichols & Shepard also?
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That is correct.
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Kevin, Thanx for posting that ad. Sure clears up the transmission question.
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This is a Nichols and Sheppard tagged 20-40 Lauson Threshermans' Special that spent most of it's life in central Wisconsin.
It's still in Wisconsin so it's likely it never left the state........



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First off a big thank you to Kevin Behnke for the information and sending me photocopies of an original 15-25 advertisement catalog! Next is just a quick post of its progress as of tonight. While the rust is disolving I'll be working on trying to get the radiator redone.

Has anyone seen one of those hybridized radiators with fins on the inside and a veneer of honeycomb on the outside? How do they look? Anybody have shop in Wisconsin they can recommend for a quality veneer or complete refab?

One last thing I have never messed with one of these honeycomb cores before so how do you check to see if the core is good yet? Thanks!
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