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Hello all,
I purchased a Wards Hoe-Trac and am going to get it usable. I did not get any attachments and was told the original motor was a Clinton 2hp but did not get it. Anyway I am trying to find the Simplicity mfg number that sort of matches it so I can download a copy of the original manual for it from their sight but am not having any luck. I attached a picture here (hope I did it right) of the serial tag from the tractor. It has a newer briggs 5hp motor on it and I hope that will be fine. Anyway, thank you for any help you might be able to give me.
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I had a plowtrac by wards and it would use sleeve hitch attachments . modern 5 horse engine most likely isn't much more power than a vintage 2 horse.
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That's a good find. I've seen the models before but I can't recall which Simplicity model that would match. I do know the 2 hp models were early. Go to Simple Tractors to get the complete history. We want more pics.
 

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That's a good find. I've seen the models before but I can't recall which Simplicity model that would match. I do know the 2 hp models were early. Go to Simple Tractors to get the complete history. We want more pics.
Hi Wildcat,
I have tried simple tractors and from what I gather it is a (mostly from the model number being SIM L-1) that it is a Simplicity L1. It does look like all of the pictures I have been able to find for an L1. I was been able to find a couple of parts diagrams for it at simple tractors but would really like to download an original manual from the Simplicity sight if anyone would happen to know or tell me how to find the mfg #. I don't have any pictures of it beside the name plate at this moment. I will try to take some this weekend and post them. I plan on painting it after I clean it up a bit. I isn't in too bad a shape, decent paint on most of it and not all rusty, except for one of the handles was broken and had to be welded back on at one time. Can't wait to get it finished so I can mess around with it.
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Starting in 1955 Simplicity started using 99xxxx model numbers. The L-1 was sold 1951-54. Notice the 87-5621 Wards catalog number on the data plate. Someone in all their Simplicity wisdom came up with a 995621 model number and wrote that on a manual and that is how it got posted at
http://www.simplicitymfg.com/manuals/
Listed as a parts manual but it is complete.

Also have a few of the MW catalogs posted from Farmerik's collection here - a work in progress
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/simplicitywalkingtractors1952a/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/simplicitywalkingtractors1954a/

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Starting in 1955 Simplicity started using 99xxxx model numbers. The L-1 was sold 1951-54. Notice the 87-5621 Wards catalog number on the data plate. Someone in all their Simplicity wisdom came up with a 995621 model number and wrote that on a manual and that is how it got posted at
http://www.simplicitymfg.com/manuals/
Listed as a parts manual but it is complete.

Also have a few of the MW catalogs posted from Farmerik's collection here - a work in progress
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/simplicitywalkingtractors1952a/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/simplicitywalkingtractors1954a/

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Thank you Garry,
Man that is a big manual. A ton more information than I thought would be in it. Do you by chance have anyway to tell which year it was made? I was guessing 1954 with a 54007 s/n. Can't wait to get it running. Hopefully this weekend I will get the time to paint it and mount the motor back on. I have it cleaned and ready for paint, just need the time to shoot it.
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Have never figured out the Simplicity serial numbers. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to them. If the engine is original and it can be dated in gets you close but not many have their 1st engines any more.

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Hoe-trac garden tractor
87 - 5454
Model NO. SIM-L
Serial no. 50128
Montgomery Ward

Briggs & Stratton Powr-Kraft 4 HP 4 Cycle
Here is what this one has on it's plate.
I gather from what I just read the the were made by Simplicity sold by Wards. What year? The link above did not help. This thing has a saw blade, sickle bar mower and 2 tiller attachments. Estimated value as is? After repair and working value? 20200417_122002.jpg
2453010
 
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