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Old 02-03-2009, 12:50 PM
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I was sent this picture of a Big Four 30 standing in a park in Monticello, Utah. I'm not sure how long ago it was taken though - does anyone know if it is still there?

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Default Re: Big Four in Utah

Last I heard the Monticello Big 4 is still in Monticello. I believe that a few of the local people in Monticello have been working on it trying to put it back together as a running tractor. I think that this is an EB tractor. There is also a Gas Traction Big 4 at the State Ag. (USU) collage in Logan UT.
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Last I heard, the Big 4 was near completion. The antique power club in Monticello is restoring it as a club project. As I remember, they had to go all the way to Salt Lake to get the valves done, it was in pretty bad shape. A distant cousin of mine is one of those working on this tractor. It sat in the town park for many years, I was glad to see it not get scrapped. I hope to get out to their tractor pull this year, maybe I can get a report & pics...
PS- I don't know that much about the engine, but I guess it's a headless? That's why they had a hard time getting somebody to do the valve seats, to be able to reach down into the cyl...

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That's great to hear that a tractor like that is no longer a park display and is going to a good home!
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Yep, it's still in SE Utah. A group got it out of the park, and got it running, last year.
I have a copy of their show flyer making the big announcement,but never heard back how they made out.
The one in Logan is still there as well, waiting for a "sugardaddy" to step forward.
I have been collecting Big 4 literature for some time and have pretty convincing information that there was another here in Utah as well.

Any one have any specific numbers on the total produced?

I have seen period literature that they had sales offices in a half a dozen countries

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Looks like this could be the tractor that was in the park, after restoration:

http://www.sjrnews.com/pages/full_st...=167748&open=&

Gas Traction Co. rather than E-B though?

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That's the one, David-it looks a lot better than the last time I saw it. The gentleman on the left in the pic is my distant cousin...I missed seeing him at our local show this year, so don't have an update. That pic is from a year ago...
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The Emerson Brantingham Big 4 tractor at Monticello, UT has been restored and is now operable. It makes an annual appearance in the town's Pioneer Day parade and tractor pull (July 23 this year), and attends other events through the summer months. Restoration was completed by local fellows of the Monticello Tractor Club with the support of Young's Machine Company and numerous businesses and fans. The Monticello Community Foundation handles the fund raising and to that end sell a CD containing the factory manuals for the tractor.
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when is their club show? Im needing to schedule a business trip up there it would be great to tie it in.
what a beautiful tractor!
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LeeB, in your post above, you mentioned that they sell a CD with the Big Four manuals on it. Do you have a link or address to contact them? I'm sure that several of us would be interested in purchasing copies.
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I was there last year...going to try & make it over again this year...
http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=78316

Link to some pics in that thread...
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Hi Roger and others interested in Monticello's Big 4,
I anticipate that the CD containing mfg manuals and other information on the Big 4 will be available for sale on Saturday (7/23) at the tractor pull. It will be from 2-4 pm at the Welcome Center in Monticello (SW corner of Main and 200 South). I am tracking down information on how much and how to mail order the CD, and will post what I find out.
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Made it to Monticello-for some reason, I only took one pic of the Big 4-
w/the 2 characters I went with-the tall one is about 6-2, to give a perspective of the size of the wheels...

Scott (the tall one) took a bunch of pics, I'll get him to send me some
& I'll post them...
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Unfortunately, I won't be able to post the pics that Scott took-he was killed in an ATV accident Oct. 3...
Fine person, doctor, Vietnam vet, draft horse expert, tractor & gun collector, narrow gauge railroad buff, good friend...the world has lost a good one.

PS-he was 6-5, not 6-2...
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We came through Monticello yesterday on the way back from Arizona. Stopped just long enough to snap a couple pics of the Big 4 in its new home-a nice building of its own, right on the main drag through town...
Sorry about the quality, the sun was all wrong & we were sorta in a hurry after 7 hr. on the road...
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Ron

I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your friend. I didn't know him or anything, but a loss like that to one of us is a loss to all of us.

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Steve,
Thanks for the thoughts. Hard to believe it's been 3 years, Doc is still missed...
I found this online about him, I'm sure his family wouldn't mind...
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dai...?pid=154007668
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