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Introduction to the Gibson D
by Brandon Burnett


The Gibson Manufacturing Corporation was founded 1946 by Wilber Gibson. The Gibson tractors were made from around 1948 to 1952. The picture shown here is of a 1948 Gibson model D. If you notice, this tractor is driven with a lever. You could get a attachment to convert it to a steering wheel.

The Gibson had many implements available. They made plows, disc, blades, and cultivators just to name a few. These tractors were originally made in Washington State, then the owner’s son moved the company to California.

The Gibson D was powered by a 1 cycle Wisconsin motor, about 9 horses. But with the big rear end they were not easily stopped. They made thousands of the smaller Gibson Tractors, however they didn’t make as many bigger ones. Interestingly, the same wheels that fit a Gibson D also fit the Farmall Cub. These tractors are very miniature and are about the same size as a four-wheeler.

The Gibson D was an all purpose tractor. It had three speeds forward with 2, 4, and 7 MPH, and reverse at 2.5 MPH. The approximate weight is 910 lbs.

The transmission is very similar to a Gibson model A's. The rear wheels are adjustable on the D's. This made it possible for the plow to fit correctly. I believe there was also a front bumper option due to photos I have seen. You didn't need a battery due to the fact that elbow grease was the only way to start it. All you had was a rope. The rear hitch was moved by a lever. This was a metal bar spring loaded that was used to connect the attachments. Some Gibson's had a air cooled motor it also featured a simplified clutch. They are very hard to find and as all old tractors they are worth much more today than when they were new.

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