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I was wondering if some could tell me about the reeves 40 tractor I just found out that my Great Great Grandfather owned one. It cme from the Reeves Branch house in Peoria IL.Thank's
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Where to start, First off the 40 was Reeves only try at building a gas tractor. Reeves was a long time steam and thresher builder. They were bought out by the Emerson Brantingham co of Rockford Il and as soon as all the parts inventory was assembled, the model was phased out. It was a large and somewhat clumsy and primitive outfit. Weighed in at around 10 tons. I doubt that it ever would have been any serious competition to other more popular tractors of the period without some serious re engineering. If you Google Reeves 40 gas tractor it should bring up some info and images.
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If you can make it to Goessel, Kansas the first full weekend of August you can see one up close and personal. Owned by Jerry Toews of Goessel, everyone welcome and glad to see there.
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There's a couple up at Rollag too.
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This 40-65 sometimes shows up at Geneseo IL

I have a LOT of pictures of it myself from before it was repainted, but they're all stored away in my old computer so I did a quick search and found this one of Paul Searl's from the 2011 show and cropped it down a little.

It is a Local tractor to that area having been hauled in by rail and then driven to the farm where it still remains today.

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And I forgot to mention.... This one ^ has Power Steering which is powered by a pair of friction drive wheels off the pulley on the opposite side of the tractor.

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Default Re: Reeves 40 tractor

the Geneseo Reeves only comes out occasionally unfortunately and hasn't been the last few years. We are hoping it comes out again.



This one at Rollag was freshly restored last year, there is a couple of spots with the Reeves in this video starting at the 9:20 mark. the engine on these was the same as the Twin Cities which is also in the video.

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I have run the reeves 40 in Kansas. They are a beast. Hard to steer.
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Default Re: Reeves 40 tractor

Here is the McLean family reeves. Same family since new, they also still have the 10 bottom jd gang plow it pulled. This picture is in rollag. 2015
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Thanks everyone for the pictures and information. What time period were the 40 Reeves built? My cousin and I are trying to peace together my Great Great Grandfathers threshing history. He owned a 16 hp Reeves steam engine then trade it for a 20 hp Reeves engine this may have been the next tractor he purchased later he had a Port Huron then an Advanced steam engine then went to a Twin City Tractor. Thanks Gregg L.
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1910-12, Approximately. I think that EB bought Reeves out in 1912. The tractor was only built for a short period but unsold units were still in stock for some time. Our 25 Reeves steam engine was built in 05, the years your family had various engines depends on if they all were bought new or if they had more than one at a time.
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Default Re: Reeves 40 tractor

My 1919 EB catalog still has the engine listed?
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Default Re: Reeves 40 tractor

That picture is of one with a third type radiator. My big leather EB cat has a 40 in it also and I have a Reeves 40 catalog reprint.
Some Reeves parts cast by EB had a number preceded with a R, I believe. I had a NOS Master and Diff gear for a 20 Reeves steam made by EB Rockford.
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We are in the middle of restoration of 2 Reeves 40s. I would guess they were produced from 1911 till about 1920. They had 3 different frame types over time, 3 different radiator configurations, 2 different types of steering and a bunch of other charges so I would guess they were also being built over a pretty good length of time and still being produced after the big 4 30 was dropped. We think that the last ones even had OHV engines like late TC but that's speculation till we come up with a picture. As far as how "good" of a tractor they were I would guess they had poor visability compared to some others. Mechanically I would think they were awful good considering they used one of the best engines built at the time, full width cannon brgs for the differential and axle and every gear was made out of steel. I even wonder if the gears didn't possibly come from TC being they are all steel and Reeves/Emerson was already buying the engines from TC?

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Never have heard if any of the Emerson factory records still exist? Would sure make some interesting reading. I have heard that all the Reeves records are gone.
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Thanks everyone, The only records we have found on the 40 is where someone from the branch house in Peoria came and worked on it, but I can't remember the dates. Also the family held an auction recently that had the 40 Reeves parts book listed on the sale bill but nether me nor my cousins ever saw it or seen it sell. We are not sure where the 40 fits in He had a 16HP Reeves and traded for a 20HP Reeves in 1907. Still going threw his papers that we were able keep from being burnt up. Some didn't make it but what is left may hold some of the answers. I may have posted this before he also had a Port Huron engine and Later an Advanced followed by Twin-Cities.The Twin-Cities was used till the end of Threshing. G G Grandpa died 1934 but the family kept his
threshing run going until 1938. Thanks Gregg L
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Here's an original cabinet photo of a 40 Reeves.



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I helped Dale Wolff restore his Reeves 40 gas tractor. They are certainly impressive with the extension rims and all, but they are something of a bear to steer and see off of with the factory cab. I think it is at Goessel, Kansas now.
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I was given the opportunity to study some original factory prints today. This photo is I presume a brand new Reeves 40 tractor.

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Here is the more interesting picture to me. It seems to have been taken at the same time as the other, as the driver appears to be the same fellow in both pictures.

I haven't seen a photo of this particular tractor, though. In both pictures the white writing on the cooling towers appears to have been written in after the picture was taken but before it was printed.

Anyone familiar with this one?

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