My Tractor Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Banned
Joined
·
2,485 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Does anyone remember these neat little 3 and 4 wheeled truck things made by the Carl Heald Co. of Benton Harbor Michigan? These were sold mail order in a do it yourself kit that you put together yourself. They were sold thru ads found in the back of many farm and outdoor magazines in the 70s. They also built mini bikes and trykes along with the trucksters.


Here is a pic of one i had about 10yrs. ago that had an 11hp. Briggs and torque converter drive.

 

·
MTD 990 Twactor Guy
Joined
·
586 Posts
Ah, remember those well -

Those were made and sold before the days of liability litigation and such.

Sure wish you could buy things like that today. Remember all of the ads for do-it-yourself projects?

Rich
 

·
Retired Aug.31 2007
Joined
·
7,473 Posts
That would be a handy machine to have.
 

·
20,000 +posts!
Joined
·
20,939 Posts
I remember those,a kid I hung with had one of the 3 wheelers,that had a fiberglass seat just like the ones in our school auditorium had!..we used to go riding together ,I had a Go-Kart..his blew my Go-Kart away,he could go up hills almost straight up with his 10 HP torque converter drive,my centrifical clutch on my 2 hp Clinton didn't quite have the guts his did!..

I remember all those ads in old magazines--in fact,I was just reading a 1954 issue of Popular Science I found at a flea market for 25 cents!..they had all kinds of neat stuff back then--all kinds of war surplus stuff,air compressors,welders,aircraft generators,hydraulic cyinders and pumps,bomb hoists,winches..and all kinds of mail order build it yorself stuff,like the "King Midget" car that had a 2 cyl.Wisconsin ,and the Struck Mini-Beep Jeeps,and tracked dozers,Shaw Tractors,the "Du-All" tractors,and on and on!..I think the ads were worth a buck at least!..surprisingly some of the companies are still in bussiness ,like Burden Sales (The Surplus Center)..
 

·
I Love All Color Tractors
Joined
·
22,318 Posts
I know where one of those is still going after all these years. I know that I'm showing my age a little here, but I didn't know what it was.

Thanks for the education.
 

·
Retired AF Lifer!
Joined
·
643 Posts
We had some of these in the Civil Engineer Squadron at Wright-Patterson in the late 80s/early 90s. Eventually we inherited them at the field training area....I think they ended up making 2 good ones out of 3 bad ones. They put the big rear tires off one of them on the front of another, then they camoflaged it and made a canopy for the "bed" out of camo netting. We evalutors used it during exercises; it was fun on the trails around the exercise site. Someone had even stenciled "TU(L)V" on it......Tactical Utility (Lawn) Vehicle". Wish I had taken pictures.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
660 Posts
Benton Harbour is the home of Whirlpool.
It is all ghetto now. The city is so poor and broke that around 15 years ago the police cars were repossessed.
I remember seeing the adds years ago. I lived 12 miles east of there in the late 60's and again in the early 80's.
It is right on lake Michigan. Heath Kit was not far from there as well.
 

·
Tech Nerd Tractor Convert
Joined
·
1,388 Posts
Heath Kit. Just never could understand why they went out of business. Quality stuff at great prices....
This Wikipedia article on Heath Kit tells why. Scroll down to "The Kit Era Comes to a Close".

I still own a Heath Kit HK-21 Packet Radio transceiver back from my 2-Meter Amateur Radio days. Was very compact but functional for it's day...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
I am about to re-launch a 4 wheeled hauler I resurrected from a salvage yard. The shift fork had a pin that sheared off, there was a cracked bearing and the carb needed re-building. Otherwise (except for some fresh gas, oil and lining the fuel tank) it is as good as new. Has a 11hp Briggs engine in it and it purrs like a kitten.

This one was lengthened about 2' somewhere along the way and a aluminum bed put on the back. I added new dash wiring, a revolving light (so we can take it on the road between worksites) a cheap horn and some fresh paint. Looks like new.

The great thing is that you can still find Carl Heald at: http://www.goswm.com/go_htm/southwest_michigan_guide/michigan_services/powertec_replacementparts/index.htm. He sold most of the parts to Quality Drive Systems http://home.mindspring.com/~royco/

I will post pictures soon.
 

·
Just passing through
Joined
·
8,413 Posts
This Wikipedia article on Heath Kit tells why. Scroll down to "The Kit Era Comes to a Close".

I still own a Heath Kit HK-21 Packet Radio transceiver back from my 2-Meter Amateur Radio days. Was very compact but functional for it's day...
Geez...I used their solderless training system in our college electronics lab...so long ago that "breadboards" were still state of the art...:rolleyes:
 

·
Collector of many tractors
Joined
·
15,231 Posts
I still have Heath kit stuff
and A
King Midget car
and A
Struck dozer
and A
Shaw Do-all tractor
and A
Burden carrier...
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top