New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:37 am

Thought I'd post a few pictures of my latest aquisition...it's a 1929 Regular, serial no. 84160. Picked up this past weekend. Obviously this will be a pretty ambitious project, one that will take a few years. If it was easy any meathead could do it, right? I figure the old boy deserves a second chance rather than being cut up and shipped overseas for scrap.

t's missing several things, air cleaner, steering wheel, mag, carb, spark and throttle controls, starting tank and probably a bunch of other stuff I haven't realized yet. The front steering shaft is broken off right below the bottom bearing near the axle casting, but neither of the castings are broken. Both front rims are pretty well gone, bent all to pieces and one of the rears is bent pretty bad. The left brake handle is broken and all the cables are gone. The gas tank is all but gone, the entire bottom is rotted out...

For the good, no cracks, breaks or welds on the block, final drives, head, manifold or radiator casting...Oh' and it still has the starting crank with it :) Gotta look at the bright side of things...

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I've had a hankerin' for an early unstyled tractor and this one came along for a handshake. I went after it having been told it was an F-12, but realized when I got there it was a Regular. I was a tad disappointed in it's condition, but it was about what I was expecting. I'm not really that familiar with the pre-'39 tractors but I'm looking forward to learning and working on this one as time and or course, money permit.

Re: New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:48 am

Keep us posted on your progress. You are way more ambitious than I am, but I sure love to see the old stuff brought back to life.

Re: New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:54 am

Wow. From what I see in the photos, I would use it as a parts tractor. I have the feeling that you will have a lot more money and time invested than purchasing one in running condition. Some of the individual parts, such as the magneto, will cost you what you would pay for the tractor in running condition.

Sorry, just my opinion. My dad had an Regular (I think) in nice running condition with a bunch of extra parts including another motor. Sold it for $650-.

I have my Grandfather's one and only tractor, a 1936 WC Allis Chalmers. I have invested close to $2000- in the tractor. Yup, the tractor would sell for well under $1000-.

Re: New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:33 pm

A Regular was work horse on the farm when I was growing up. That was in the late 60's so it was old then. It was the only tractor that would start in the winter. Pull the crank twice with the choke on and it would start on the next pull no matter how long it was parked.

Re: New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:15 pm

Keep us posted on your progress. You've got your work cut out for you!! :shock:

Re: New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:24 pm

Cool beans Dusti!! However, I agree with Eugene. You will have waaaaayyy more invested than it will ever be worth. I could understand if you had an emotional attachment to the tractor and I understand the cheap price but wow, you'll have a fortune in it by the time you get it done. It would be much cheaper to buy decent running tractor to start with. A non-running tractor can hid a lot of issues.

Anyway, good luck if you continue with your plans and keep us posted. Below is a picture of my '29 Regular with a 1668 DX gasoline manifold fresh after paint and decals.

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Re: New Project - 1929 Regular

Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:39 pm

Have fun with it.