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 New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?

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PostSubject: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:14 am

Hey all.
I just picked up this early 60's Jacobsen tractor and I know next to nothing about it! Can anyone find a manual or tell me what they know?
Here's what I've got.
Kohler engine. Early 60's model. The first four didgits in the model number is 100A and the rest is scratched out. Bought it for $75 (I splurged Very Happy ). I think it's a four speed. Three foreward and one reverse, but I can't get it to stick in gear.
I will tell you what I find, can if anyone wants I'll get better pictures.
Thanks for any help guys!





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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:39 am

About all I know is that Jacobsen built tractors for a few different brands including ford, and I think they got taken over by New Holland

Thats a good solid old beast of a tractor, made from real steel and cast iron.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:53 am

Yeah, I have yet to find a piece of plastic on it! Seems like it will hold up real nice.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:31 pm

i have a 1950 jacobsen engine. 2 cycle. shes really nice. i knew tht jacobsen made push mowers but not riding mowers!
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:03 pm

Chopperhed wrote:
About all I know is that Jacobsen built tractors for a few different brands including ford, and I think they got taken over by New Holland

Thats a good solid old beast of a tractor, made from real steel and cast iron.
jacobsen and lawnboy were together to. some lawnboy pushmower frames had them sexy 1 1/2hp 2 cycle jacobsen
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:23 pm

Messicks has listings for jacobsen and fords. There is a yahoo group for them as well.

I'm a ford nut, just cuz they are rare here. And I have a near mint 73

I found 5 for sale in Western Canada

Spring will change that.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:43 pm

Jacobsen, simplicity and allis chalmers all had a similar tractor design( back in the 60's/70's) - i believe most parts are interchangable.

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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:30 pm

Ya I found similar stuff. Jacobsens where aparently really good tractors. They made some of the Fords Copperhead. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:38 pm

Chopperhed wrote:
Messicks has listings for jacobsen and fords. There is a yahoo group for them as well.

I'm a ford nut, just cuz they are rare here. And I have a near mint 73

I found 5 for sale in Western Canada

Spring will change that.
i got a ford 5000 diesel. does tht count?
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:39 pm

I don't think so, just the smaller ones!
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:41 pm

BlackMountian88 wrote:
Hey all.
I just picked up this early 60's Jacobsen tractor and I know next to nothing about it! Can anyone find a manual or tell me what they know?
Here's what I've got.
Kohler engine. Early 60's model. The first four didgits in the model number is 100A and the rest is scratched out. Bought it for $75 (I splurged Very Happy ). I think it's a four speed. Three foreward and one reverse, but I can't get it to stick in gear.
I will tell you what I find, can if anyone wants I'll get better pictures.
Thanks for any help guys!





is tht Kohler a cast iron block? and is the flywheel cast iron?
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:42 pm

I think so, it's wicked heavy for such a small engine!
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:47 pm

BlackMountian88 wrote:
I think so, it's wicked heavy for such a small engine!
yea tht thing will last longer than any knewer engine. they even put plastic carberators on them now. junk! does she run?
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:48 pm

The old Kohlers from back then were cast iron and torquey. with the right gears, they will out pull any modern tractor with twice the hp.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:50 pm

No unfortunately not. It needs $110 worth of parts to be perfect.

Just to get it started I need a coil ($30). Other parts needed air filter and housing, muffler, and oil drain.

Once I get a job hopefully I can finish it up and get it going agian.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:44 pm

well, i hope u get tht sucker running. she looks reall nice.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:45 pm

that is a sweet looking tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:48 pm

Keep an eye out for freebie parts. It's worth the trouble.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:32 am

Thanks guys. I am looking, but I've never even seen another one I these motors. It's a Kohler K161 and the closest I've found was a Kohler K181 from a Ford.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:39 am

Yeah that was the same issue i had with my 69 wheelhorse - needed a new magneto and that was like $120 ( even then it wasnt guarenteed to run), swapped a 5HP honda on it and then found the trans had issues, it just needed too much work , was in too bad of shape and was missing too many parts.


Ebay might have some parts you need - itd be worth it to go check out local tractor shows/swap meets for parts youre needing also.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:53 am

Yes, I checked eBay. There's just so many different Kohler. There's the k161, but it was put in half a dozen different tractors and each one is slightly different. I thought about dropping a new motor in, I found a 40's Briggs for $40, but I like this one so much!
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:24 am

if u do end up using ebay, be carefull. i never had trusted them with my money.
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PostSubject: Re: New project, 60's Jacobsen. Anyone know anything about it?   Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:34 am

Hmm ok. I didn't find anything on there.
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