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The Barn fell down,... this is a "Woods Find" (and not much of that)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harms Way, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

    I actually have prided myself over the years, on my ability to spot things at a swap meet, in a barn, in a garage, in a field,.. and yes,.. even in the woods,..
    This one kind of got away from me, and kind of makes me re-think my pride in my razor sharp eyes, and cunning discernment.....

    Now,.. this isn't much to write home about, and it's no big deal, (like finding a Deuce in the woods would be),... But its always cool when you find something you didn't know even existed,... especially when it's right under your nose.

    I went to leave my shop the other day and I noticed the wind blew down an old poplar tree that was standing behind a very old shed, that fell over the year before,.... This was on some property about 400 yards away from my shops front door,...

    The sun was hitting something just right, and I thought I could see what looked like a old tractor tire,... I jumped in my truck, and couldn't see it anymore,... So I thought I would investigate,...:cool:

    Now this property belongs to a friend, or I would never just poke around on it,... But to my surprise,... I walked up on a really heavy home made Tractor/ Doodle Bug,... Now,.... In and of itself, its no big deal,... kind of a hack job really,.. But just to think this thing have been sitting 400 yards from my shops front door for decades, and I never knew about it was kind of cool !

    I called my friends who own the property, and asked them about it,... They said "what tractor ?" As I described it,.. the wife smiled and said,... "That was Dads old home made tractor,.. he built it out of the old Wercker,.... I thought he junked that thing back in the 60's !

    Her Father and Grandfather were the original owners of my shop,.. that was a Mobil Station built in 1937,.... Theres 40 acres back there,.. and I asked them if I could go exploring back there someday soon,.... "She told me I was welcome to any time" ,...But Dad scrapped all the old cars and junk back there back in the 60's,.... Then she looked at me for a minute and said,... But apparently,... He might not have scrapped everything. :cool:

    This will most likely not turn up anything,... But, it sounds like it might be a nice walk in the woods. (I'll let you know if I find anything else :D)

    Below are the cell phone pictures of the Doodle Bug in question,.....

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  2. Complete with an authentic bomber seat and Pinto gas tank !! Or would that be an ejection seat??
  3. 94hoghead
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,290


    quite a find. but what to do with it.....
  4. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    nice rubber rake
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  5. 383 240z
    Joined: Oct 28, 2007
    Posts: 429

    383 240z

    Ran when parked! Keith
  6. Belchfire8
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,542


    Wait till next Tuesday and take your rifle with's opening day for deer. Up at our deer camp in the U.P.we use the shell of a 46-48 Ford Sedan as a marker where to turn on one of the trails we use.
  7. The best time to go looking for more is going to be either a good midwinter thaw, or spring, before the leaves are back but after the snow's flattened down all the grass and weeds.

    Looks like he was good enough to cover the carb, who knows, maybe the motor isn't too bad inside.
  8. Rich Rogers
    Joined: Apr 8, 2006
    Posts: 2,018

    Rich Rogers

    I love stuff like this...............the possibilities. Super short wheel base, slightly forward cab, blown small block of your choice, you know just somethin to play with in a parade or in the fields....just kiddin but a cool find.
  9. greg ducato
    Joined: Oct 19, 2011
    Posts: 29

    greg ducato

    Cool! The only "Deuce in the Woods" I ever found had to be removed from my shoe with a stick...:eek:
  10. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

    Must have missed that,... I found old rusty rakes, and a couple shovels,... :cool::D
  11. Vendome
    Joined: Mar 18, 2007
    Posts: 129


    I thought all of the heavy trucks were fitted with parallel leaf springs but this tractor seems to have the single transverse spring. Anyone know more? The front wheel appears to be ton and a half.
  12. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

    About 15 years ago,. I did find this one in the woods.
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  13. very cool story. Good luck with your searchs.
  14. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,855

    from California

    that would be cool to drag out and get it running and paint it up.
  15. burnin53
    Joined: Mar 22, 2009
    Posts: 596

    from cuba,n.y.

    I'm not sure,but I think '38 went to parallel leafs.
  16. rustyironman
    Joined: Mar 26, 2011
    Posts: 465


    So, when are you dragging it over to your place?
  17. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,981


    Don't let Plowboy near is one of the tools of his trade,
    next thing you know it will be repowered & parked at Hef's!
  18. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    When you can find any thing it makes for an interesting trip and that's a cool find and you already know the history !
  19. harpboys4
    Joined: Jun 7, 2008
    Posts: 608

    from So Cal

    That is very cool.That is what sucks about living in LA , all I have is houses all around me with no barns,fields or farms.Well.... Maybe I will come across a "Driveway find".
  20. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

    As terrible as this might sound,.... If they gave it to me, I'm really not 100% sure I would take it,.... Then again ,... ya' never know.

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