Lindeman crawler fan
Looking great!! To my eye from the pictures it almost looks like that front axle beam could use some sort of a gusset, or struts to stiffen up that U.
The original two wheel garden tractor was built somewhere between 1923 and 1925.I was just thinking the same thing, like a piece of tubing ran across from side to side between the 2 mounting bolts. Would help to keep it from spreading apart when there is weight on the front.
I figure that this was most likely converted into a riding tractor in the late 20's or early 30's because of the square head bolts and nuts that were used and, within reason, I'm trying keep the engineering the same as it was built.
By looking at how the angle iron grips on the rear wheels are bent, I have to assume that this tractor has gotten some hard use back in the 30's and 40's and maybe even into the 50's.
Even so, the front axle wasn't bent out of shape very far.
It took some heavy pressure on the press to bend that axle bar back into shape so with this only being used for displaying at tractor shows, I'm not worried about it getting bent out of shape again.