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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri May 12, 2017 9:35 am

AL Farmall Boy wrote: If you don't mind saying, where did you find that info?

I googled "Wisconsin engine serial numbers". Jim, I think the '47-'48 start date is more accurate (for production of the A first, then the D).
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Fri May 12, 2017 10:06 am

Just a guess but this tractor was probably a 1948 model built in the first quarter of 1948. I read somewhere where some of them had 22 inch wheels. I noticed that mine has a new firestone tire on it (could be old but was put on new and never used) that is a 24 inch. I wonder which ones had the 22 inch wheels?
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby Jim Becker » Fri May 12, 2017 11:36 am

The I&T Red Tractor Book 1951-52 (actual copyright 1951) says rear tires were 7-24. It also shows the tractor with a hood/grille. The H and I models (substantially larger) are also listed.

1949-50 book shows essentially an identical listing but no models H or I.

1948 listing is less detailed, didn't see tire size. That version does not have the hood/grille, has the oval fuel tank.

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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby Chipmaker » Fri May 12, 2017 11:42 am

This is on tractordata about Gibson.

http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractor ... ctors.html
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Fri May 12, 2017 1:52 pm

Jim Becker wrote:The I&T Red Tractor Book 1951-52 (actual copyright 1951) says rear tires were 7-24. It also shows the tractor with a hood/grille. The H and I models (substantially larger) are also listed.

1949-50 book shows essentially an identical listing but no models H or I.

1948 listing is less detailed, didn't see tire size. That version does not have the hood/grille, has the oval fuel tank.


Yeah mine has the oval gas tank and is a Model "D" as denoted in the serial number. It matches all the pictures of the Model D tractors on the internet as well. These are intresting little machines and seem to be almost as durable as a Cub.........I mean, its solid and I haven't found any welded repairs on it yet!!
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Fri May 12, 2017 1:53 pm

Chipmaker wrote:This is on tractordata about Gibson.

http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractor ... ctors.html


Thank you for this info!
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby Denny Clayton » Fri May 12, 2017 8:33 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:A word of warning, if it isn't timed right it can produce a serious kick back when trying to start it. I was trying to start my Grandpa's Gibson one day at about the age of 12 or 13, and wound the rope, gave it a pull, and ended up standing on the other side of the tractor before I could let go of the rope.

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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri May 12, 2017 9:01 pm

My ANTIQUE TRACTOR GUIDE book lists the Model D as 1947-1949. Also says that Gibson tractors were listed in directories in 1948 but were probably being built up to 5 years earlier. Listed under Western America Industries in 1957 and faded from the market sometime thereafter.

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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby Bob McCarty » Sat May 13, 2017 5:02 pm

The 22 inch tires were on the A. When they added the hood and steering wheel (super D), they phased out the D. The company was sold to Western Industries when health issues affected Mr. Gibson (he died in '57 or '58). WI was mainly assembling with left over parts. The Company was also owned along the way by the Helene Curtis Co.
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Mon May 15, 2017 10:55 am

Ok. That makes sense.

I removed the magneto and cleaned up the points and contacts this weekend. Reinstalled it and no spark at all. It could possibly be the condenser or the coil. I am going to try and locate a part number for the condenser and get one to try. If that doesn't do it, I'm gonna try and find a magneto guy that can do a full overhaul on it. Compression on the engine (after 2 seperate pulls of the rope) yeilded 85 psi which I think is pretty decent.
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Re: Gibson Tractors - Anyone Know Anything About Them

Postby Chipmaker » Mon May 15, 2017 11:51 am

Standard Magneto built me a new mag for a Schramm, it's a 6 cylinder mag but has a cap that only fires 3. Mine was rusted really bad with a busted cap and I'm not sure they used any of my parts and it was around $300 if I remember correctly. Here's a link to their website. http://www.standardmagneto.com/
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