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Hello how is ya'll


Im trying to find a wheel Horse man. Reason being is that im un-certain to what year our RJ-58 is. Any tagging on the tractor is gone. No stickers. I was led to beleive that it is a 1965. But from what i hear RJ-58 stood for 1958? Is that possibly right? This wheel horse has the old Kohler K-91 and the front has a rounded off nose with the stamping WHEEL HORSE across the nose of the hood. Which is stationary i might add. Engine setting close to the driver. I dont have any current pictures but could anyone give me a guestimate of the date made?

I thank you very much


-Big10


P.s. I might add if it helps. The front axle is not a straight axle. It's cast and kind of low slung. Maybee this will help guess the year alittle bit more?
 

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rj stands for rideaway junior, and 58 is the year it was made. here is a picture, the one on the left is an rj58, the one on the right is a suburban. the low slung front axle would lead me to believe yours is a suburban. but i'm no expert. others here know far more than i do.
edit: the picture on the far right in the first row show both tractors. the link is to the website, not just the picture.
http://images.google.com/imgres?img...ev=/images?q=wheelhorse+rj58&gbv=2&hl=en&sa=G
 

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Suberban 400. Intresting. Matches the EXACT picture to a T. So now that i know it's a suberban 400...is it in a way still safe or proper to call it an RJ model being that it is very simular? What are we talking about year wise?
 

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Suberban 400. Intresting. Matches the EXACT picture to a T. So now that i know it's a suberban 400...is it in a way still safe or proper to call it an RJ model being that it is very simular? What are we talking about year wise?[/QUOTE

if the suburban picture matches, then it would have been made in 1960 or later.
the rj series ended in 1959 i believe. so it wouldn't be called an rj. but get more oinions, like i aid, i'm no expert.:) :)
 

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Big10

Here's a quick list of things and years to identify your tractor.
RJs were made from 1955-1959.

1955-56 RJ-25 and RJ-35 had a smooth hood, no name on the front and were tension belt driven. (Edit: the embossed hood started sometime in 1956)

1957 RJ-35 had smooth hood with embossed Wheel Horse name in front and were tension belt driven.

1958-59 RJ-58 and RJ-59 respectively were smooth hoods with embossed Wheel Horse name in front Tube/Bar stock front axle and 3 speed Unidrive transmissions.

1960 Suburbans had a cast iron front axle, contour lines in the hood, embossed Wheel Horse name in front, diamond plate foot rests, a bent steel strap clutch and choke and throttle levers right under the steering wheel over the engine.

1961 Suburbans had a cast iron front axle, contour lines in the hood, embossed Wheel Horse name in front, long oval shaped cast iron foot rests, a cast iron clutch pedal and push/pull choke and throttle knobs to the left and right of the steering column.

To answer your second question, no it's not appropriate to call it an RJ, it's a Suburban. Or you could just call it a mid-engine tractor, nut-roaster or ball burner.
 

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Ok. I beleive it really is 60's then. So maybee it is safe to call it a 1965 model of which i was told a few years back on a other site. It matches the suberban 400 pics to a T. Has the cast clutch/break pedal, cast foot pedals kinda square and oval, levers under the wheel and the tractor is definitly "streem line"

I apreciate your help guys. Many thanks! :trink39: :thanku:
 

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now there's an expert. thanks j, learned a lot more there.
 

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Big10, if you have a Suburban 400 it is a 1960. The 400 breaks down into (4) 4Hp (0) recoil start (0) 1960. This naming convention work (for the most part, there are a few exceptions) from 1960-67. In 1968 they changed over to the Commando/Raider/Charger names.

1960 Wheel Horses were the Suburban 400 (recoil start Kohler) and 550 (electric start Lauson) and the other features I described earlier.

1961 Wheel Horses were the Suburban 401 (recoil start Kohler), 551 (electric start Lauson) and new 701 (electric start Kohler moved forward on the frame to the front of the tractor and the front axle was flipped over so the tractor stood taller) as well as the other features from before.

Here is a couple pictures of my 1960 Suburban 400.



 

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Ok. I beleive it really is 60's then. So maybee it is safe to call it a 1965 model of which i was told a few years back on a other site. It matches the suberban 400 pics to a T. Has the cast clutch/break pedal, cast foot pedals kinda square and oval, levers under the wheel and the tractor is definitly "streem line"

I apreciate your help guys. Many thanks! :trink39: :thanku:

Here's a novel idea. Post a few pictures of your machine and we can pin it down to the exact year, make and model number.
 

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As i said i dont have pics readily available but yes that is a great idea.

It matches that pic to a T JSCHAHL. It has a little bit diferent foot pedals as there cast but other then that, it's the same, hood depressions and all. So 1960 Suberban 400 it is then.


:thanku: again
 
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