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Ruckstell Axle in Garden Tractor


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Old 09-11-2018, 03:28:43 PM
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Default Ruckstell Axle in Garden Tractor

This is what the Ruckstell Axle is in, I think it is a garden tractor. My dad may have built it, I don't know. He has been gone for 48 years.

This thing has been sitting there for over 60 years that I know of.

Who ever built it didn't have much for power tools. No cutting torch, welder, chop saw, or grinder.

Everything is off of old equipment, handle bars, brake and shift levers, bolts and nuts (square and hex), channel and flat iron, and car parts.

He built it with a hack saw, coal forge, and probably hand crank drill press.

I have had some interest in buying parts off it, so I will sell any or all of it for anything over scrap price.
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Looks like the makings of a net butt buggy! Interesting how use was made of 2 drive axles, add a steering axle and seat, your almost there.
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They are using the one differential as a clutch. When the hand brake is applied, it goes and when they release the brake, it doesn't have power to the drive axle.
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So that is what the rest of it looks like. Too bad you are in Colorado, I am sure there are some usable parts in there. (redmodelt on Fordbarn)
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It sure would be a shame if someone bought it for the parts. This is quite an unusual homemade garden tractor. Too many items like this have been canibalized for parts. Just think of its creator possibly building it during hard times with simple tools so he could feed his family. If I could I would try to bring it back to life or at least get it good enough for static display. Would any small historical museums in your area be interested? Glenn
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Glenn, you are making me feel bad. I build stuff out of iron so I know what is involved in building a garden tractor like this out of all used parts from what you have. I am on our local museum board, I will ask the rest of the board what they think.

One thing the pictures don't show is the engine rod or main bearing cap he used under the axle by the left front wheel to hold the axle in place.

If the bolt he found was too long, he put an over size nut on it to take up space.
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Sorry, not trying to make you feel bad. Its just that I think you have something that is historically worth saving. I have been at some shows (clubs that have their own grounds) where they take donations of interesting items for a fence row type exhibit. Michigan Flywheelers at South Haven Michigan is one. Maybe there is something closer to you? Glenn
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Don't worry about that, I am going to see what the other board members think about it.

I wish I had ask my dad about it 50 years ago, but I didn't.
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