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Got an email from my brother, who is an author for many old time car, train, power magazines. He is doing some research for an article he's writing. Here is his email:

I'm working on an article for Antique Power on a Lehr tractor with an 8-cyl. Chrysler flat head engine. Apparently, these are rare engines, and there is some question as to whether the manufacturer actually built them, or if they were an aftermarket modification. From what I have been able to find, they were actually built, but the records about them are virtually non-existant.

Would any of your people on your tractor site have any info?
How about it, you tractor gurus? Anybody able to help us out on this research?

Thanks!

Brad
 

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Thanks, Ted! Appreciate that info. My brother just joined the forum today and has seen your response.
 

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Regret to say haven't been in site for some time (too many sites, too little time!) but got a ping on the Rockol thread I'd posted on in this forum (how time flies) which you'll want to read, and just noticed this thread...
The Chry Cptn engined Dodge truck rear design started with the 6cyl CO-OPs in the mid 30s...produced by/for various Farmers CO-Ops, and modified over the years as to gearing, they gave it up in the late 40s/early 50s?? (the Cockshutt CO-OPs are not Chry 6 units)...
Histories differ, but the design was acquired?/continued by Lowther and then Custom, or vice-versa, one of whom added the 8s to the line...
Per my notes (well, memory, as can't find CO-OP file) the Custom 8s were the ER and EW, at least some, if not all, with the fluid drive...
These were sold under various names: Custom, Lehr (Lehr Big Boy), Wards (but not the twin-row model), Jumbo aka Simpsons Jumbo, and perhaps Lowther...these were reportedly all the same tractors, the only differences name and color...
Also sold in Canada as Norseman, Rockol and Regal, as set out above...
There were reports that some were sold badged Chrysler and sold thru Chrysler dealers in Canada...on this point Google Chrysler Tractor and see if a thread comes up (7-8 yrs ago?) on ytmag or smokstak by a man in Nevada? looking for info on his "Chrysler" tractor, but can't recall if it was a 6 or 8...
Additional units were built by Jacob/Jabez? Love and his son-in-law? Dave Friday, one or both of whom added 2-spd rears and reportedly achieved 65 mph...a few other units were apparently put together by men named Closson and Wilson, bearing whoever's name sold them...
It's a long story to get involved in... Bud Tierney
 
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