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1917 Lauson Tractor 15-25 Project


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Old 09-23-2015, 09:11:43 AM
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Default 1917 Lauson Tractor 15-25 Project

Just brought this home last night. Very complete tractor, even though it looks like the engine is missing it is actually in the back of the pickup truck.

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Nice building too, i like the stone walls.
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Just brought this home last night. Very complete tractor, even though it looks like the engine is missing it is actually in the back of the pickup truck.

Randy
Hey, that's the best way to bring them home-besides maybe one part at a time?
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I know where that tractor came from, didnt know he wanted to sell it..
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certainly a nice tractor. all the best with the restoration hope to see pictures of the progress
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sweet deal, cant wait to watch this one come to life.
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Randy I have had a 15 25 lauson for a long that I believe, [know] is rougher than yours. I have not tackled it but think about it sometimes.
The tractor tag is missing but the engine has one.
It is a Beaver engine model JA, serial #LA159.
Is that close to yours?
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:03:01 PM
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Here are a copy of my tags. The first picture is the tractor tag.

Tractor number: 1884
Model number: 19
Engine number: 45947

The second photo is the engine tag.
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Thanks for the pictures Randy. Here is one of the tag on the head of this tractor.
It did not come out well.
maybe I should try again and the tractor as well.
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Any suggestions on the honeycomb radiator? Was looking on the an old car forum and they said all honeycombs are either made in Australia or the UK. If that is the case might be cheaper, even with shipping, to have it done in Australia. Thoughts? I do have a radiator; however, I can't post pictures tonight. I will tomorrow. Thanks.

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Default Re: 1917 Lauson tractor 15-25 project

Marshal (Missed you at Symco BTW)........you may want to rethink the honeycomb core unless your retirement fund is in real good shape........
Plus it's far more than just a new core.
The tanks on those aren't any picnic either, not that soldering on tanks ever is.
I had some water tube cores made at a place in Michigan but ya think I can remember the name of the place?....... .......
Tell them what you want and that's exactly what you get!
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On the internet go to www.ftrs.com.au and that will take you to a company in Brisbane Australia who make what they call honey comb radiators, down the left hand side click on honeycomb , then on making a core and you can watch a very interesting set of videos on them making their honey comb core. Some of the old original honeycomb radiators were all done by hand, firstly cutting brass pipe to size then hex swaging each end and tinning the ends with solder and then soldered on top of each other stacking up to make the radiator, A very time consuming way to do them, but are much heavier than the method shown which I have always known as wave plate radiators. Any how have alook and I hope you at least find this interesting. Norm
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Randy finally I got some pics for your comparison.
This tractor had a case car radiator on it that fit it quite nicely with the port locations.
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Default Re: 1917 Lauson tractor 15-25 project

I wonder if "Model 19" means that it was built in 1919?

There was a Lauson 15-25 for sale in Belgium with serial no. 1438 and Beaver JA engine no. LA217, which suggests that the California one is earlier than both this one and Randy's.

There is also a slightly earlier 15-25 than Randy's at Brooks, Oregon with Beaver JA engine no. 45-581.

The Lauson 20-35 had the larger Beaver JB engine, and both this and the 15-25 seem to have been replaced by the 15-30 model with the same Beaver JB as the 20-35.

Does anyone have any more Lauson serial/engine numbers that they can add? All the Lauson info I have collected so far can be found here:

http://www.steel-wheels.net/lauson.html
http://www.steel-wheels.net/registerlauson.html

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Thanks David, interesting thought about the year. I just had a conversation with Lee Dodak and he said that the tractor could not be a 1916 or 1917 because it does not have a hinged side panel. Starting in 1918 they switched to solid side panel so 1919 sounds like a better year than 1917. I just went with 1917 because that's what the last owner told me and I didn't know better. Anyone have thoughts on this? Thanks much.

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Those Lausons are sharp looking tractors. Always thought I'd like one!
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Finally got the photos figured out so here are some of the radiator and other parts.
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Here are some other photos for your enjoyment. As you can tell I have a little problem with my head. Any thoughts on fixing it. Thanks in advance.
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it kinda looks fixed?
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I had some water tube cores made at a place in Michigan but ya think I can remember the name of the place?....... .......
Tell them what you want and that's exactly what you get!
I know a guy in Michigan has large collections of Waterloo Boy tractors have new honey comb radiators. I think he said Michigan or New York.
he mention me is a correct radiator for restoration. However the honey comb radiator is thinner than the regular fin type radiator. When transporting to the shows with honeycomb is required to drain water then refill water at showground. Repeat as follows. It can 50/50 chance partial damage in high speed air circulation.

I will call that guy for more info...

I have several original Lauson tractor catalogs. I know the two largest dealer distributors are in Viroqua, Wisconsin and Toledo, Ohio
There are very nice modern tractors at that time.

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