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Old Montgomery Ward Garden Tractors Converted To Look Like Cockshutt Models
As a hobby I collect and restore Cockshutt tractors. Recently I converted a pair of old Montgomery Ward garden tractors to look like Cockshutt 540 and 550 models. I like them so much that I display them at my barbershop. People love them. Both tractors are painted Harvest Gold and red.
  Cockshutt was based in Brantford, Ontario, and made tractors from 1946 to 1961. The 540 and 550 models were introduced in 1958. My dad farmed with Cockshutt tractors for years.
  My models are powered by Briggs & Stratton gas engines. The 550 has 12 1/2 hp and the 540 14 1/2 hp. It took me about three weeks to convert to the 540. The 550 took a lot longer because I had to lengthen the frame and front spindles and modify the steering and throttle linkage to look like the original.
  I've exhibited my Cockshutt tractors at several farm shows over the years and plan to display them soon at the New York Farm Show in Syracuse February 27 to March 1. (Lee Northrup, 9922 Main St., Northwestern, N.Y. 13486 ph 315 827-4777)

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1