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Restoration of this Topeka Hi-Way mower is showing good progress.

In searching the web for information on Topeka Hi-Way mowers, I
found a comment from a Farm Collector subscriber
referencing a previous article on the Topeka Hi-Way mower. In that
I am not a subscriber to the magazine, I have not had the pleasure
of reading the article. I thought that your readers might be
interested in seeing photos of one I purchased two or three years
ago.

My mower was purchased (by the previous owner, now deceased) at
a Missouri Department of Transportation surplus equipment auction.
It has a 4-cylinder Continental engine, Borg Warner T-90 3-speed
transmission, Spicer Model 18 transfer case (four-wheel drive) and
Dana front and rear axles. It has dual wheels on the rear. In the
photos I had removed the fuel and hydraulic tanks (shaped like a
trunk) and the seat from the vehicle. It has no windshield or top.
The sickle bar mower is hydraulically raised and operated.

To date, I have cleaned 50 years of oil-soaked mud from the
chassis, replaced the brake master cylinder, clutch master and
slave cylinder. For the last two years I have been rebuilding the
transmission and transfer case. I have changed the oil in the motor
and shot oil into the spark plug holes, but have not yet attempted
to start it. I drained, flushed and refilled the front and rear
differentials. The fuel and hydraulic tanks, seat, floorboard,
grille, air filter housing and wheels have been sandblasted and
painted. Lastly, I installed new tires.

I’d like to correspond with anyone who has one of these unique
vehicles. I plan to use it around the farm to mow the property
(instead of bush hogging), plow snow, drag and split logs. I plan
to build a log splitter that will interchange with the sickle bar
mower and add a plow on the front that will raise, lower and tilt.
I am looking for a driveshaft-operated winch for the front, as was
used on Willys.

I think it will be way more usable and fun than a four-wheeler
or Gator.

Marty Henson
St. Louis, Mo.
(636) 458-4402
e-mail: mh8@sbcglobal.net

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