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Salvage yard find,homemade mower with clinton


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Old 08-29-2013, 06:22 PM
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I will try to post this again as the post does not seem to want to appear.
I got this at the scrap yard today when I took a old fridge and such there.
This cost me the fridge.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:25 PM
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Now this post showed up as I expected the first 1 to.
This thing is made of 1/4 flat iron and angle iron with water pipe handles and a clinton engine.The gas tank is shiny new inside.Could not believe it.
114-117 pounds .Heavy and hand built.I couldnt resist it as I am sad the era of men building the things they need is gone.What is manly about slideing the plastic for something?
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That mower is an example of American ingenuity at its finest. For a minute it looked like a combination of a Bachtold and a Yazoo, but yes it is indeed homemade, and constructed rather well if you ask me. It looks like it balances and maneuvers nicely. You may not want to use it near your house as it looks like it is a rock slinger! Very cool piece, thanks for sharing

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I knew it was to good to pass up.IF for nothing else the engine.
But the frame is very solid.
The pivoting front wheel set up is a bit weak.The water pipe is wallered out and the wheel flops cockeyed and makes it hard to push even in the shop.
I have alot of stuff ahead of it but I will probably get it tore down and the deck in the electrolosis barrel shortly.
The engine aint stuck,so unless there is something terriable,a good cleaning and fixen ignition and some Clinton in a spray can it should be nice.
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Well,it is apart in the shop as of tonight.Engine needs work,mostly cosmetic as it has good compression.
Strangly,the belt adjustment is achieved by moveing the blade arbor,not the engine!
3 of the 4 holes for the blade arbor in the frame are slotted for the adjustment.
A littel Kroil on all the bolts and she came apart ok.
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Well the body is in the electrolosis bucket.
I cleaned the points on the engine,put some brake clean under the spark plug after I freed up the recoil starter parts and it fired quick and sounded good.
The carb is mighty ugly,pitted and the metal looks greyish,allmost soft feeling.
I dont know that I can salvage it.
I did want to ask.It has the original fuel line on it,allthough to rotten to use.IS that style line still avaliable?
If So where?

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The fellow must have been on a tight budget.
The arbor for the blade is a peice of pipe with 2 larger peices welded on the ends for the bearing to ride in.That is wallowed out from the blade being out of balance.The shaft has 2 welded spots to keep the bearings from slideing down the shaft to far.The blade height is adjustable by switching washers from above to below the blade.
And to my amazement,best I can tell,the dang blade is made from a bent car or truck leaf spring!The bends are not exactly the same on both sides.And it is about 3/8ths inch thick.
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As filthy as she looks in the first pictures it is hard to beleive the carb was clean as new inside.
I removed the head tonight to and it has some carbon but not bad.
The handles are painted,frame is painted and wheels,all that is assembled.gota put the blade arbor back together and finish the engine.
Will post a pic when I get a chance to remember to take the camera to the shop.
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A little progress.
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Default Re: Salvage yard find,homemade mower with clinton

Looks like you have almost an early version of an Eddleman mower. Their first models had open decks like that.
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Yea,my dad even said something about that.He said the fellow probably copied a Eddleman.
Speaking of Eddleman,how long did they make machines? I know I remember passing the factory years ago.

On this machine I have the engine back together and on the mower.No belts or gas cap yet.For whatever reason,of all the gas caps i own,I aint found 1to fit it. Short of takeing 1 off another clinton that is finished.
I dont think this Clinton was the original motor for this homemade machine.There is holes drilled in the handle for a throttle but no facilitys for 1 on the engine.The engine has a square nut thingy you twist for a "1 speed" setup.
There is also 4 other holes in the frame.
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Here is the finished product except I aint run it yet.It ran before I painted it.
The gas cap dont fit.All my parts engines have the other style.
I had to get new belts as the old 1's were rotten.I just put the cheapos from oreilys on it.
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Default Re: Salvage yard find,homemade mower with clinton

Nice!..wish I could find one of those.
They're a lot like some of the first Rotary Mowers made in the late 1880'S
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