An Aussie Cropmaster

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An Aussie Cropmaster

Post by pete_5 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:33 am

I thought you might be interested to see my recent find. I’d been looking for a while, but most were missing hard to replace parts like the cowl or original wheels etc. This one is very complete and straight, and just in need of some love. The serial numbers are engine AK4/8338 (petrol/kero with magneto) and tractor P33147. Peter Murray advises that it was built Nov/Dec 1950.

It starts on the first crank (electric) every time and runs very well. It has a few obvious mods, like it has a 12v alternator mounted above the original generator, and the electrics are set up as negative earth. At the moment the battery is only running the starter, so that will probably be changed back to original in the longer term. It originally had a full set of lights, but they are now gone and all the wiring is a complete mess. All the fluids look good, especially the copious amount of clean transmission oil leaking from the drive shaft / brake drum area. The hydraulics and PTO work, and it has a non-standard drawbar arrangement. The dual seat is gone. The clutch is very sharp in take up, and the brakes very slow in retardation, so there are a few things to attend to.

I don’t know much about its history, but I don’t think it has done too much work recently and prior to that, the fellow I bought it off, said that he thought that it was doing mowing in Ballarat, Vic. It’s obviously spent most of its life outdoors as there is no paint left on it, but amazingly it looks like it still has the original, ‘Made in Great Britain, India Rubber Tyres’ rears on it - and they’re as hard as a rock.

Unfortunately I don’t have any room for it in my shed in inner city Sydney at present, so it is stored up in the Hunter Valley for the moment. I hope to change that soon so that I can start doing some work on it.

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It still has its badges, caps, side cover turnbuckles
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The dash needs some work
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Imagine it with a coat on paint
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Post by db50d » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:34 am

Very nice Original tractor , keep it that way, only wash it with some oil.
Owner of :

DB 50D VAD/6-10777
DB 50TD TAD/6-10019
DB VAK1 1944
DB 900 1957
DB 770 Red 1965 770a/580808/S
DB 880 IMPL. NARROW 880/C/395263
DB 990 Impl, 1964 990a/472077/s
DB 990 1978
DB1490 30/11184178
DB1594 115 26657

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Post by John.Newman » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:33 pm

Good find Pete. I have one also about the same age and condition, complete with all the oil leaks. Like many of the Croppies here in Queensland, it is fitted with 16.9 tyres and also require a replacement steering wheel.

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Re: An Aussie Cropmaster

Post by cobbadog » Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:39 am

Very nice find Pete and in remarkable condition. Once you have all the issues sorted then you will thoroughly enjoy the Cropmaster like we do with ours. The frame for the dual seat is very easy to make and attach. I re made the padded sections of the seat myself and they worked out very well. The only thing now missing on our one is the tool box that fits under the seat.

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