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Old 10-17-2012, 07:07:40 PM
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Default Centaur Tractors

Anyone on this site know about Centaur Tractors? Are the considered very collectiable? Personally never heard of them often in PA. There is a 1938 mostly orginal with a Leroi engine that I have been made aware of. Wondering if I should buy? Are these more poplar in the midwest?

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Old 10-17-2012, 07:39:22 PM
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Their not real plentiful, more of the earlier version around than the later KV 4 cyl. They never achieved wide spread distribution outside of Ohio where they were made. One would think that they would bring better money than they do, but for some reason collectors tend to pass them by. Maybe some day they will get the recognition they deserve. I have a KV here and it is a very neat little outfit. F.J.W.
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We got a couple of em'. fun little tractors and they always draw a crowd. if you are thinking of buying it there are couple things to check before you do. Make sure the exhaust manifold is not cracked...especially on the flat head engine. Also, check the oil in the trans. for water as they did not seal well behind the shift tower. Finally, check the oil in the final drives to the wheels. These were prone to leak because the fender was used to seal the outer half of the case ....drip....drip.. One last thing...just fyi to any other centaur owners, I'm working on trying to get a foundry to make us a manifold, let me know if you would like a copy. thanks JE
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:54:21 AM
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I have a 38 centaur. Been sitting outside for a long time. I saved it from the scrap man. Mostly complete. Bad manifold. Its for sale fixer up or use for parts.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:01:33 PM
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Anyone know where I could get a rebuild kit for the engine? It is the overhead valve engine. We had the tractor running but didn't carry any oil pressure and smoked like mad so we shut it off right quick.

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Old 10-20-2012, 06:47:00 AM
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We had to match internal engine parts by demension. Tractair.com, and there is a Centaur group on Yahoo that would be good resources to check out too.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:21:00 AM
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Anyone know where I could get a rebuild kit for the engine? It is the overhead valve engine. We had the tractor running but didn't carry any oil pressure and smoked like mad so we shut it off right quick.

Frank W.
I've heard that an AC WD engine is the same basic engine but don't have any personal experience. Like Smokzalot says, check the dimensions before buying.
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Default Re: Centaur tractors

We have one at the shop to work on this winter. It is a Leroi OHV engine, but I don;t think it is a 201 (too old for a 226). I will check next week and post.
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The engine in ours looks a lot like the Leroi designed motor used in the Allis model B or C. But the internal specs are a bit different as to bore. I never really have dug into it yet to get really serious about it, but it would help to get more info before hand. F.J.W.
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Here is a little gem I came across at an auction in New South Wales Australia last weekend. It had been restored and looked beautiful with the plough still fitted.. Unfortunately I didn't bid. They even had original documentation in poster format to go with the tractor. You can see one poster in the picture.

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George That is an early Centaur you showDown Under and was built in the late 20's or early 30's. It has a 2 cylinder. The tractors above were built in the late 40's into 50's. I am not sure of a direct connection between the 2 versions but someone here must know if they were built by the same company years apart. Ed B
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The tractor George pictured is either a 26 or 27 model G. It was built by Central Tractor Co. In 29 the company went through bankruptcy and reorganiztion to the Centaur Tractor Corporation. Eventually they became Centaur div of LeRoi. They were all in the same building and same basic company. The KV started in 35 and the newest G I have record of was 42.
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Our local museum - www.woodcountyhistory.org - has a Centaur tractor with a LeRoi engine that we are working on restoring. I have seen 3 this summer at shows - one at Portland, Indiana, one at Findlay, Ohio and one a S.C.R.A.P in Gibsonburg, Ohio.

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There is a Centaur tractor setting in a yard on Lower Bay rd in Waveland, Mississippi. Another Katrina victim turned yard art.....someone painted it all blue.

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Default Re: Centaur tractors

Dose anyone know the name of a gas tractor enclypetia that has the Centaur tractor in it. My family had the book. An own the tractors. But no one knows where book is. I'd like to get a copy. Thanks
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Default Re: Centaur tractors

Might it be this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Standard-Catal.../dp/0873497260



I helped with this book.
There isn't much about Centaur........about a page.......
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Default Re: Centaur tractors

Thanks it kinda look as I remember it.. We see I just bought it.
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Default Re: Centaur tractors

I also have a 2G the fellow I bought it from said he bought it in 1920 from a dealer, he had the original bill of sale for it.
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They didn't start building the G until 26. The company didn't start until Dec 20 and they were building single cylinder tractors using a 5 HP New Way engine. It would be interesting to see this bill of sale. What is the serial number? There is a date code in it.
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I will check the serial # the old fellow was 102 when he passed and sharp as a tack! He had a small truck garden and used the 2G to plow, plant, and cultivate his potatoes!
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