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1938 Co-op Tractor

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08-23-2003 20:55:15

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I just purchased a tractor. The seller said it is a 1938 Co-op. It has a 6 cylinder Crysler engine, a large truck rear-end and a wide front end. The cast iron grill says Co-op on it. Any information on this tractor would be greatly appreciated. How many were built, value of a running tractor, and would like contact information.

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08-25-2003 06:00:20

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 Re: 1938 Co-op Tractor in reply to Jake, 08-23-2003 20:55:15  
The following are quotes from The Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors, 1890-1960 by C.H. Wendel.

"The Co-op tractor line owed its design to Dent Parrett; he had formerly been with the Parrett Tractor Company at Chicago. The original Parrett design went all the way back to 1913. Parrett continued his tractor design work after the company folded about 1922. Co-op No. 3 tractors for 1938 were built with a six-cylinder Chrysler Industrial engine using a 3 3/8 x 4 1/2 inch bore and stroke. Weighing 5,000 pounds, this tractor featured electric starting and lighting. The Co-op tractors were also capable of road speeds up to 25 mph."

"Duplex machinery Company at Battle Creek, Michigan sent a Co-op tractor to Nebraska's Tractor Test Laboratory in 1936 (Test # 275). A year or so later the name changed to the Co-operative Machinery Company and in 1940 the trade directories listed that firm as the manufacturer of the Co-op No. 2 and Co-op No. 3 tractor. Shortly afterward, World War Two began, and that all but ended the Co-op tractor line."

"With various companies involved, the history of the Co-op tractor is difficult to untangle."

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Rod F.

08-25-2003 09:34:45

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 Re: Re: 1938 Co-op Tractor in reply to GlennT, 08-25-2003 06:00:20  
Add to that the CCIL (Canadian Cooperative Impliments Limited) tractors sold in Canada, and perhaps elsewhere. I don't know much about them, but as far as I know they were built by Cockshutt. I could be wrong though.


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Jerry in WA

08-23-2003 22:15:33

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 Re: 1938 Co-op Tractor in reply to Jake, 08-23-2003 20:55:15  
I have a little history on the Co-op tractors, and several pictures of different models. If interested, emaiol me direct.

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Roy Galusha

03-15-2004 15:10:07

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 Re: Re: 1938 Co-op Tractor in reply to Jerry in WA, 08-23-2003 22:15:33  
There are three Co Op tractors going through the Spring Machinery Auction in Enumclaw, WA on March 28, 2004. The equipment auction starts at 1:00 PM.

1937 Co Op #2 Ser # 2*1362
Co Op #3 Ser # 47-30-4626
Co Op E3 Ser # 47-30-1798

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08-23-2003 21:20:08

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 Re: 1938 Co-op Tractor in reply to Jake, 08-23-2003 20:55:15  
i found one picture on the net. it is a #2 co-op but no info was posted about it. the frame is made of plate steel and the steering wheel is mounted at an angle.

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08-23-2003 21:15:48

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 Re: 1938 Co-op Tractor in reply to Jake, 08-23-2003 20:55:15  
It might be a B2, with a wide front attachment. I have a picture of one if you'd like me to send it. Just email me... I couldn't tap into your email. If it is a B2, the serial number is stamped on top of the frame just below and slightly to the rear of the belt pulley..

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