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ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during WW2

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morepower02

12-30-2017 19:14:40




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I inherited a 1943 ztu over the weekend. My 1937 is on factory rubber but the 1943 is on steel cut off wheels with a cast steering wheel. The tractor is original to the farm. Was rubber that short during WW2.




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morepower02

12-31-2017 20:05:12




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 Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during in reply to morepower02, 12-30-2017 19:14:40  
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Never thought of it that way. My 37 is on all cast period correct wheels with rubber and no starter knock out. The 43 came on steel changed to rubber so I guess I should embrace it for what it is and what it has gone thru.



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molinegb

12-31-2017 10:45:21




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 Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during WW2 in reply to morepower02, 12-30-2017 19:14:40  
Have several with cast wheel. Even a 1939 U with one. Must have been changed as it was prewar. Never seen one on a R but on 44 Z and 43 GTA.



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Roger H MI

12-31-2017 05:46:19




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 Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during WW2 in reply to morepower02, 12-30-2017 19:14:40  
Not so much as rubber being scarce. All resources were diverted to the war effort. It was hard to purchase a new tractor during that time.
Farmers usually took what the dealer had.



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morepower02

12-30-2017 19:48:31




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That was what I assumed by being in my 30’s I don’t always gave the answers. It was restored in the 1980s and has been kept in storage since. I am not sure if I should leave the cut offs or try to find a set off steel when I remove it from its 30 year hibernation.



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Moresmoke

12-31-2017 06:30:05




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 Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during in reply to morepower02, 12-30-2017 19:48:31  
Just remember that "new from the factory" is only one of many ways to preserve an old tractor. Don't be afraid to let that tractor tell the story of its life.



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t.r.k.

12-30-2017 19:33:25




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 Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during WW2 in reply to morepower02, 12-30-2017 19:14:40  
Yes. Since it was used in tires, airplanes, ships, etc. rubber was rationed by the government.
(And Japan controlled all or almost all of the natural rubber supply during the war.)

It seems that quite a few MMs were built with cast steering wheels during the war.



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