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Worthington tractor

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DG 1

10-20-2008 18:45:12

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I just purchased a 1928 worthington tractor. iam having a hard time finding info on it. are there alinks to any web pages for this tractor.

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10-21-2008 07:16:38

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-20-2008 18:45:12  
"Red Seal" is a Continental engine trademark,
but I have seen worthingtons with Chrysler
industrial engines, and presumed that they had
a Dodge truck powertrain, same as the old
Co-op tractors. At least the 1 I know of does!

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10-21-2008 06:40:09

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-20-2008 18:45:12  
My neighbor has a worthington that's all original, sheet metal off an 8n, engine and such from a model A. He wants to drop a big block into it. I'm trying to talk him out of it. I'm working on his daughter, so when she inherits all of it, that I can buy it from them.

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DG 1

10-21-2008 09:08:31

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to cj3b_jeep, 10-21-2008 06:40:09  
no,no,no big blocks are for street rods, keep trying and good luck

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DH in Carolina

10-21-2008 03:50:08

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-20-2008 18:45:12  
Back in 1965 I had a Worthington tractor that came from a local golf course. It had a model A ford engine, ford 4 speed transmissing a gear reduction and ford rear end. Had cast iron front wheels with a drop front axle. Wouldn,t pull mutch but was fun to ride. DH

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DG 1

10-21-2008 03:57:11

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DH in Carolina, 10-21-2008 03:50:08  
i have the same set up but with model a wheels. i just pick it up and it is fun drive. are cast iron wheels from the mfg.

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DH in Carolina

10-21-2008 04:11:28

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-21-2008 03:57:11  
They were on the tractor when I got it. About 75 lbs each. 600x16 tires on the front.

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10-21-2008 00:04:57

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-20-2008 18:45:12  
I was at a farm auction in, I believe, 1966, in West Virginia when they sold a Worthington Tractor for $55.00

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DG 1

10-21-2008 03:50:25

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to 2x4, 10-21-2008 00:04:57  
Thanks for the info

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10-20-2008 20:23:35

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-20-2008 18:45:12  
Worthington Mowers Reprinted from "Gas Engine Magazine"
When J.J. Newberry of Roebling, New Jersey recently inquired about the Worthington tractor he owned, we were unable to turn up much in our files. We had printed one previous story on a Worthington, written by Peter Noyes in our October 1989 issue.

As is often the case, our further research turned up yet another remarkable individual at the center of the development of an American tractor. Charles Campbell Worthington was the internationally known industrialist and sportsman who developed the Worthington tractor. Thanks to the Monroe County Historical Society in Stroudsburg, PA., we were able to find photographs of the tractors and learn quite a bit about C.C. Worthington.

C.C. Worthington was born in Brooklyn, New York in January 1854, son of Henry R. and Sara Newton Worthington. In 1840, his father had invented the first direct-acting steam pump, the success of which led to the creation of the well known Worthingon Pump and Machinery Corporation.

After his 1879 marriage to Julia Apgar Hedden, C.C. Worthington lived in New York City and Irvington-on-the-Hudson, and the couple had five children. A graduate of the School of Mines at Columbia University, Worthington entered the pump business and took over the Worthington Company upon his father’s death in 1880. During his tenure there, he contributed hundreds of important improvements and developments in pumps, compressors, and other machines.

The business thrived, plants were opened in many European cities, and many honors were bestowed at Expositions. Perhaps his greatest achievement was during the Egyptian Sudan insurrection, when the British Army faced certain defeat unless water could be carried to them across 200 miles of desert. Worthingson’s successful engineering of this problem resulted in knighthood.

In addition, he administered the affairs of the Holley Steam Pump Company of Buffalo new York, which he owned and controlled. He was a director of banks and corporations and a patron of the Metropolitan Opera and Philharmonic Societies.

In 1899, C.C. Worthington sold his interests in Worthington Pump to six of his leading pump companies in the U.S., which were incorporated under the name of International Steam pump Company. Worthington was its president until his “retirement” in 1900 at age 46.

The automobile age was now dawning, and Worthington was interested. he designed and built several steam automobiles which were promising, but the gasoline engine interested him enough to organize the Worthington Automobile Company. Several kinds of domestic and foreign pleasure cars were built and introduced by the firm.

In the early 1900s, he took up summer residence at Shawnee-on-Delaware, where created Buckwood Park. A great sportsman, Worthington was both an accomplished rifleman and fisherman. He brought deer to his 5,000 acre estate and many other wild life were protected there, as well. In order to meet his desire for others to share in his appreciation of the property, he designed and built Buckwood Inn, a summer resort. Surrounding the Inn he created the Shawnee Country Club with its famous golf course. In 1906 , he married Maude Clement Rice and the couple had two daughters.

Worthingon was an avid golfer, having played in Scotland when the old feather ball was used. He had built a six-hole course on his estate at Irvington-on-Hudson, and helped in the creation of other golf clubs as well, in Mt. Hope and Ardsley, New York.

One of the offshoots of Worthingon’s golf hobby was that the formation of the PGA(Professional Golfers Association) was brought about through his efforts. In 1912 he asked a group of professionals to be his guests at Buckwood Inn and the results produced the organization.

Maintenance was a matter always uppermost in Worthington’s mind. At first he brought a Scotsman with his dogs and sheep herd to do the job, but they ultimately proved inadequate. This led Worthington to invent the first commercially successful gang lawn mower. He founded the Shawnee Mower Co., which later became Worthington Mower Co.

Worthington’s first gang mower had three moving wheels and was pulled by a horse. The horse wore leather boots to keep its hooves from marring the fairway. In 1919,Worthington designed a tractor to pull the mower. Worthingon mowers then became the standard for golf course maintenance. In 19238, Worthingon’s grandson Ross Sawtelle adapted the mower for use in military airfield maintenance, and the mowers were produced all during World War II. So great was the company’s excellence of production, they were awarded the Army-Navy “E” and “Star” awards.

Worthington died at his Washington, D.C. home in October of 1944. The company, which had been located at 140 North Second Street in Stroundsburg, PA., was apparently sold to Jacobsen Manufacturing in 1945, and continued to produce mowers for homeowners as well as golf courses. The company was listed in Stroundsburg directories until about 1959. According to the listing of the members of the Manufacturers’ Association of Monroe County in 1927-29, the company at that time had 26 employees.

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DG 1

10-21-2008 03:42:55

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to Bob85355, 10-20-2008 20:23:35  
Thank you Bob,for the info its very interesting. This tractor did come of a golf course from 1928.

Thank you DG

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was a Jacobson expert

10-20-2008 19:17:27

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to DG 1, 10-20-2008 18:45:12  
was the forerunner of Jacobson ,these were used to pull gang mowers(reel type) on Golf courses and large expanses of turf had red seal engines I believe had ford trannys and rearends

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DG 1

10-21-2008 03:49:23

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to was a Jacobson expert, 10-20-2008 19:17:27  
this tractor as a ford model a engine and tranny going to a gear reduction drive. to the rear end. is the red seal engine another name for the same motor. or are they completely different.

thank you Dg

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135 Fan

10-20-2008 20:48:07

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 Re: Worthington tractor in reply to was a Jacobson expert, 10-20-2008 19:17:27  
Jacobsen had made their own reel mowers but after they purchased Worthington, they dropped their own line because the worthington was a much better design. I think the main reason for puchasing Worthington was for the reel mowers and not so much the tractors but maybe both. Jacobsen tractors from the 60's and later used all Ford power trains. Jacobsen made many different models of reel mowers and I think they are all based on the Worthington design. Jacobsen used to make several very good small engines as well. I think they were all 2 stokes. Dave

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