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Worthington Chief

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Dan S (NY)

12-08-2013 07:45:32
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I picked up this Worthington Chief tractor this weekend. Previous owner had it in a storage container for the last 7 years so its not currently running. This is built from Dodge truck parts and should date to sometime in the 1940's. Does anyone know how to pin down the year it was made? The serial number is C1933. It seems pretty complete but the indian hood ornament is missing. Don't have much hope in finding one of those!

Dan

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cdmn

12-28-2013 18:07:51
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  
Seems interesting to me that they used Dodge parts. In the 1930's old Dodge cars were made into doodlebugs because they were so tough. Funny they are rarely seen, while lots of Ford Model T and Model A tractors are still around.
You should be able to scan a hood ornament and have a new one made by 3D printing.



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Dan S (NY)

12-09-2013 19:28:22
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  
Got it to start today! Fixed some bad wiring and reset the points and got spark. New Gas, changed the oil and gave it a try and it fired up. Sounds good and even more amazing the charging system is working!

Dan



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Dan S (NY)

12-09-2013 06:57:21
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  

I found this add on Ebay.

Dan



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BillOHIO

12-09-2013 05:56:11
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  
Dan, Google search led to an old 2006 discussion here on yesterdays tractor.

doublebfarms said in that discussion that he had one with serial number C1877.

Jim Mitteer also posted in same discussion that models like yours were built 1939-1949.

You probably have seen that Ford components were also used by Worthington.

In thinking back I barely remember as a kid seeing one of these that my mother's uncle had. That has been many years ago and all those folks are gone. Of course I was a kid back in the previous century ☺

Bill

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Dan S (NY)

12-09-2013 09:40:33
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to BillOHIO, 12-09-2013 05:56:11  

I have been searching and found some of those discussions. I don't think there is an official list of models and serial numbers out there, at least I can't find any mention of it online. As to Ford components, I also own the Ford Jubilee based model pictured here. It runs good and 4th gear is scary fast!. I don't think they made nearly as many of the Jubilee models as the Dodges. I would like to see another one in person to compare some things.

Dan

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BillOHIO

12-09-2013 15:05:15
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-09-2013 09:40:33  
Dan, I googled ARNOLD PALMER GOLF TRACTOR and found some info and pictures. There was even a toy made and sold. Arnold's was a Ford based Worthington.

Bill



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Dan S (NY)

12-09-2013 19:25:24
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to BillOHIO, 12-09-2013 15:05:15  
Arnold Palmer s golf tractor was actually a Toro, but it did use Ford parts.

Dan



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BillOHIO

12-08-2013 13:11:46
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  
Dan, Did a search on internet and found several sites with info. Most interesting is a Worthington Tractor Collector Club. Somehow listed thru ATT & Yahoo ?

Search went thru BING.

Good luck, Bill



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Dan S (NY)

12-08-2013 18:31:55
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to BillOHIO, 12-08-2013 13:11:46  
Thanks Bill. I did sign up for the yahoo group but there didn't seem to be much activity there.

Dan



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BillOHIO

12-09-2013 05:33:54
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 18:31:55  
Not surprising as I would guess not many units left any longer.

You have a gem in the rough there and quite rare in my estimation.

Bill



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Dan S (NY)

12-09-2013 06:48:36
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to BillOHIO, 12-09-2013 05:33:54  
Thanks Bill. It does seem to be very original and not hacked up for something that is probably 65 years old or so. Hopefully I will have it mechanically ready to go before this summers local show.

Dan



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BillOHIO

12-08-2013 13:03:17
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  
Nice find ! They were used to maintain golf courses etc. I see yours has hand painted letters showing it was used at a Country Club.

Wasn't there a commercial way back with Arnold Palmer on one of these at golf course in Latrobe, PA ?

I think they were popular and several sold but long ago. Most gone for scrap by now I would guess.

If I hear or find anything more I will let you know.

Bill

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Harvey2

12-08-2013 11:34:04
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-08-2013 07:45:32  
For several years I vould drive through Coats, Minnesota, and there one vas beside some ones garage then one day it vas gone. Wish that I wood have stopped and bought it.



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oldmisterbill

12-10-2013 20:04:25
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 Re: Worthington Chief in reply to Harvey2, 12-08-2013 11:34:04  
That was the Nabnassit in Westfford MA. They are still there,maybe a call might find some old photos.



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