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Old 09-03-2017, 07:28:24 PM
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Took a trip yesterday to visit the Central State Threshermens Reunion and stumbled across this beauty! I don't recall of hearing anything about this tractor on here and thought I might find out a little more information. The sheet metal work on this tractor is supurb to say the least. She definitely would of stood out from the rest in 1915!!!!!!

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It's a fairly recent addition to the George Schaff collection. They had it at the Half Century Of Progress show recently, along with a few other awesome tractors from the collection. It's the last one of a very few that were built before lack of finance closed the builder down. It was sold at an Auction sale last year, and after some very serious bidding George was the new owner.

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Did George Schaff restore the tractor or did he buy it in this condition
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:10:44 PM
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No, it was recently restored. The tractor was featured in Antique Power and then put up for auction soon after. I recall all of the sheet metal having a galvanized finish, with yellow pin striping for accents. I assume red and yellow are the correct colours?
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I don't know if it's the same one, but if it is it is too bad, because it was a good looking survivor before:

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If not, I wonder what it looked like before restoration?
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I read the article as well. I thought it was in good original condition, or had been repainted way back , not rusted by any means but you could still see some paint and striping. But it has been totally gone over since. The previous owner bought it many years back and as he lived near the town where it was built it was a local favorite. For the money it brought at auction, I can well see the reason to make as perfect as possible. Edit, I just reread the article and I'm sure the previous owner repainted it when he got it. He didn't own it just too long before time caught up and he decided it was time to let go of it. Apparently it was such a SOB to plow with it only did minimal work before being left in the field where it last struggled. It is an orphan as it is the only survivor of it's make.
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I looked the tractor over really good and I can say that there was next to no wear on any of the gearing. The sheet metal is laser straight as well. Unfortunately I was unable to talk to the current owner, but the sign on the front axle said it to be the only one in existence as you have all said. In some ways it would have been better off untouched cosmetically,but I must admit it is a very sharp outfit.

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That is a very interesting seat design on that tractor.It reminds me of some of the early cars of that time in particular the Stutz Bearcat
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That is a very interesting seat design on that tractor.It reminds me of some of the early cars of that time in particular the Stutz Bearcat
It does have a sporty look to it...
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He did a very good job of restoring it.
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I must admit that I too prefer the way it looked before the last repaint. Makes me wonder how it was painted originally. Was the sheet metal originally left unpainted? Besides that as it is now, I'd be afraid to get it dirty playing with it.
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I must admit that I too prefer the way it looked before the last repaint.
I agree. I saw the tractor up close at a show in Minnesota a number of years ago. The sheet metal looked awesome. It sure looked like it came from the factory without the sheet metal being painted. I would never have painted it but since I didn't buy the tractor I don't have a say.
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Since Im one of the guys who restored this tractor here is the list of FACTS not guesses or opinions

1. The tractor was purchased at a Nixon Auction by George a few years ago

2. Many parts of the tractor were wore out, busted and missing

3. The original color is red, there was several places on the sheet metal with faded red paint and brush marks, Even all under the hood was still a pinkish red I have all the original sheet metal if anybody would like to see it and verify the colors.

4. All of the sheet metal is brand new on the tractor, many panels were very dented and stress cracked and rust in the edges

The engine was rebuilt, all new clutch parts were cast, the plow lift was fixed, lots of new parts for the plow were cast and machined, new drive chains, radiator cleaned and repaired, all new sheet metal, new drive chains, new babbitt in several places, differential rebuilt and im sure I forgot a few things
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Sorry I got the auctioneer wrong, but I was well aware that you did the current restoration on it. As always, it turned out great. Considering that the original sheet metal was galvanized, it' easily understandable that the original paint likely didn't last too long. My preference for the for the non show car look is my own and no reflection on any one else's taste. I saw it at Rantoul but didn't get to see it running as there was just so much to try to see. Did get to briefly see George but he too was super busy. I was very delighted to see the Holt, First time I was ever around one, especially watching it plow. Look to be quite a hand full for an operator to manage. While looking at the Little Oak I noticed that a small chain guide got damaged, did that happen plowing or I thought maybe during unloading as the rig looks a bit lacking in the clearance dept? It's always interesting to me learning about the pros and cons of these early designs. My thoughts at studying the unit was that the thing would have some serious issues with trash clearance under the plow frame and also a concern crossing waterways etc. Always enjoy studying those early designs, trying to see into the mind of those designers back in the day.
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Who made the engine for this tractor. I have one bank of the cylinder/head. It has crack in it so it was probably replaced. Ifound this in Saskatchewan at a farm auction afew years ago. there didnt seem to be any other parts.
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Here's the story behind this Little Oak >>> http://www.farmcollector.com/tractor...one-little-oak
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How many of these tractors are still around? and are their any numbers being kept?
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It's stated in the posts above. It is the only one period, of that make left.
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I am glad that the tractor got the attention it deserved. Ralf took very good care of it and cherished this tractor but it did need some attention.
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Yes, it certainly has an early auto roadster look to it. The seat design also reminds me of those found on the Port Huron.
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