A Challenging Project: General GG Tractor Restoration
Iowa youth's first tractor restoration starts as a puzzling basket case.
The tricycle-style General GG 10-19 tractor had a single front wheel with a tire size of 5.50×16. Cameron’s tractor sports all new tires.
The rear view of Cameron Luedtke’s General GG tractor. It’s difficult to determine what year the tractor is as it came as a true basket case.
The engine used in Cameron’s General GG tractor is a Hercules IXA-3 4-cylinder, 3-by-4-inch engine, the same as used in the Cleveland Tractor Co. HG crawler. The engine on this General had to be rebuilt.
The restored General GG tractor.
Photo courtesy of Dee Luedtke.
Rear drive-wheel tires on the tricycle General GG tractor were size 9.5×24.
This “before” picture shows the size of the undertaking.
Photo courtesy of Cameron Luedtke.
An intermediate view, after the tractor had been set together, but not finished and painted.
The outline of the General GG tractor built by Cleveland Tractor Co. is very similar to the Montgomery Ward & Co. twin-row tractor, which CTC also built, and to the B.F. Avery Model A.
The finished restoration.
This side view of a B.F. Avery Model A tractor shows how similar it is to the General GG. However, note the difference in the grilles.
Cameron restored the General GG tractor with his grandfather’s help.