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1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration


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Old 07-25-2016, 10:14:16 PM
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You are right about that! I don't know that I would trust those with a full load of hay!
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As usual your fabrication skills are top notch. Cant wait to see the progress on this project. We just had someone donate a home built tractor to the Zagray Farm quite similar to the Economy. It was hand built from plans from Popular Mechanics Mag. It has a Model A engine and Ford truck extra trans and differential. We have started some work but we are busy building a new engine shed so it will have to wait till cooler weather. I will be posting pics when we get going again and may need some help. Thanks Ed B
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Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

JFred,
Always interesting to see what you do with your basketcase projects. After I've seen so many younger people want an "easy" tractor restoration, it's great to see someone taking on such challenging projects. Best of luck with it!
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:29:32 PM
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Always interesting to see what you do with your basketcase projects. After I've seen so many younger people want an "easy" tractor restoration, it's great to see someone taking on such challenging projects. Best of luck with it!
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Thanks for the encouragement Mike! Personally I enjoy the challenge of saving one that probably wasn't worth saving or maybe I should say probably wouldn't have been saved.

I managed to get the steering wheel and shaft assembly finished this week. Sears Economy tractors used from what I was told by SE guru Dave Elmore a 1937 Chevrolet steering wheel. My original steering wheel was all bent and all the covering was falling off, plus to get the old shaft out it required heat and we all know what heat will do to rubber/plastic! Anyway Dave had bought up several 37 Chevy wheels in the past so he sold me one. The only difference other than the color (will be painted black eventually), is in the internal hub. To make it identical to an original Sears Economy steering wheel I had to bore the hub out to 7/8" ID and lengthen the hub 1/2" and then drill a 1/4" cross hole through the extended portion of the hub. On a Chevy it was on splines where it is pinned on on a SE.

Picture #1: Shows the new steering wheel with the unmodified Chevy hub.

Picture #2: Shows the 1/2" hub extension beveled and ready to be welded on.

Picture #3: Is of the finished wheel after the weld had been ground down and attached to the new steering shaft. Also in the picture you can see the 2 set screw collars I had to make that belong on the shaft to keep it from sliding back and forth.
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Nice job on the steering wheel and shaft, James. Looks great!
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As promised heres some pictures of a friends 1939 220-26 serial #1332 thats under restoration....The pictures make it look orange but its red..Its near EL Dorado Springs,MO...

Theres another 220-26 at the Republic,MO show thats a few serial numbers higher than this one.....Theres also a 220-26 at Girard,KS that was restored years ago..It has two transmissions..
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As promised heres some pictures of a friends 1939 220-26 serial #1332 thats under restoration....The pictures make it look orange but its red..Its near EL Dorado Springs,MO...

Theres another 220-26 at the Republic,MO show thats a few serial numbers higher than this one.....Theres also a 220-26 at Girard,KS that was restored years ago..It has two transmissions..
Thanks 1206SWMO! I appreciate the pictures and serial number! If you ever find out for sure what the serial numbers are of the other 2 tractors please let me know. Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:23:20 PM
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One more fabrication job has been completed. I had to fabricate the sheet metal floor pan from an original off of a friends tractor since mine was missing unfortunately. This piece has a slot on the left side that the clutch pedal sticks through as well as an easy access cover to check the water in the battery that would also be mounted directly below this floor pan.

Picture #1: Plasma cutting out the 12 gauge metal for the floor pan.

Picture #2: Shows the floor pan with the battery access panel removed.

Picture #3: Shows the floor pan with removable cover installed.
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Wow! You are making some great progress! Keep up the great work!
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Wow! You are making some great progress! Keep up the great work!
Thanks Bill! We sure missed you at the national show this year! Your Sears Economy would have made 20!
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Well back to posting some long overdue progress..... When I got this tractor the front spindle assembly unit that would have came on this tractor originally was missing, however it did come with one from a 1939 SE tractor. The only difference is the vertical stub shaft that is pressed and welded in. Other than that it is identical to what the 1938 models used. All that was required to make it identical in every aspect to how it came out from the factory was to grind off the weld and remove the stub shaft with the hydraulic press.

After sandblasting up the part to remove all the rust and grease, an ugly failed attempt to make some kind of repair in the past was revealed! So that had to be remedied.

Picture #1: Spindle unit before sandblasting.

Picture #2: A close up of someone's failed repair long ago.

Picture #3: After completely grinding out all the old braze and stick weld, I filled the entire cavity with new weld up to the surface.

Picture # 4: The finished spindle unit after metal finishing the weld. Ready to be installed.
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I now have the front steering shaft tower finished, however it will take a couple posts in order to show it all with pictures. This part had seen better days, but was very much repairable. The main issue that needed addressing was the steering stop. In picture #2 you can see that originally there was a steering stop that was casted in the top of the part, but more than likely the steering wheel got away from the operator at some point and it busted it clean off. So it appears that a cobbed up repair was made by welding on a round rod 180 degrees from the original stop .

Picture #1: Shows the steering tower before any work started.

Picture #2: After sandblasting has been done to reveal the damages and to prepare for repair.

Picture # 3: After the tower has had the homemade steering stop removed and metal finished down

Picture #4: Shows the new stop that I made to look like the original before attaching.
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Here are the second round of pictures for the steering shaft tower repair. As I mentioned in the previous post the original steering stop was broken off and missing. I got the measurements off of an original stop from a friends tractor. I duplicated it, but needed a way to attach it now. So I drilled and threaded a hole in the new stop and then drilled a hole to install a countersunk bolt into from underneath. After it was installed and tightened I welded over the head and ground the weld off so that you cannot tell anything was ever done. After that was finished I brazed around the stop where it transitions to the casting to help give it the appearance that it is a casted part and not an added on steel piece, plus it helps with a little extra structural strength.

Picture #1: Shows the countersunk bolt attaching the stop from underneath.

Picture #2: Shows what it looks like after the bolt had been welded over and ground down to hide the repair.

Picture # 3: A close up of the new steering stop.

Picture #4: Shows the finished steering tower.
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JFred; Looks like your coming along just fine on your tractor. What has to be done to the engine and the drive train? There is another Sears tractor man in Wisconsin that has several of those tractors, He is just above Lake Winnebago, If you want to get in tough with him let me know and I well send him a land line. Have fun on the rest of your project. Roger Weinhold AKA Charlie 1925
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Heres the 1939 Sears Economy at the Republic,MO show....Its serial #1376....It has 13x38 Wards Power-trac tires on it....A friend is going to try and get the serial # for the 1939 model thats in SE Kansas..
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JFred; Looks like your coming along just fine on your tractor. What has to be done to the engine and the drive train? There is another Sears tractor man in Wisconsin that has several of those tractors, He is just above Lake Winnebago, If you want to get in tough with him let me know and I well send him a land line. Have fun on the rest of your project. Roger Weinhold AKA Charlie 1925
Hi Charlie1925- The engine that came with it is supposed to be an excellent runner but we will find out...haha! However the drivetrain is going to have to be gone completely through since it has been sitting out in the elements. I'm sure you are referring to John Baum from Appleton? If so, he has 16 of them and brought them all to our National Graham-Bradley and Sears Sold Farm Tractors Show in Penfield, IL this year. He is a very faithful club member! Thanks!

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Heres the 1939 Sears Economy at the Republic,MO show....Its serial #1376....It has 13x38 Wards Power-trac tires on it....A friend is going to try and get the serial # for the 1939 model thats in SE Kansas..
1206SWMO- Thanks a bunch for the serial number and look forward to hearing about the other one! I will pass it along to the gentleman who keeps the registry up to date and see if he already knew of that tractor.
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I assume that this is the guy from Wisconsin with (16) tractors...I took these pictures at the 2013 Half Century Of Progress Show...
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Amazing! Such a big load behind that Chevy van !
Not possible here in Holland.
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JFred; Yes to John Baum in Wis. I have met him at several shows from N .Carolina to way down in Fla. He seems to realy know Sears tractors . Roger Weinhold AKA Charlie 1925
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Amazing! Such a big load behind that Chevy van !
Not possible here in Holland.
John has now upgraded to a Ford F-650 and moved the van body with the sleeping quarters in it to the new rig. He hauls them on three 40' tri-axle trailers and one smaller trailer!
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