Love At First Sight 1946-1957

Leslie van de Ligt

Sherwood Park, Canada

Artist's Description

Does it Get Any Sweeter Than This? For sale on the Highway. Brought us to a screeching halt and a fast backup. Out came the camera a fast as you please. Rain was no deterrent PICTURES were an absolute must have.This was the goal. The information I have found states that this would have been one of the last of round nosed tractors produced by Cockshutt, Rebel XSI Sigma DC 55-200mm

The original Cockshutt factory was founded by James G. Cockshutt in 1877. Located in Brantford, Ontario, James operated the company until it was incorporated in 1882. Primariliy a plow manufacturer, no one is exactly sure when Cockshutt started producing tractors.

1946-1957
by Danny Bowes (Dsl)

WWII had come and gone, with the Oliver-built Cockshutts selling strongly all the way through and in 1946 Cockshutt unveiled their own sensationally successful 30 tractor, with it’s industry revolutionalizing independent PTO. All fuel types, and four front end styles were available. The models 40, 20 and 50 followed, in that order, with independent PTO as standard equipment on the 40 and 50, and Diesel, distillate, and LPG versions of these available also. The 20, using a Continental Lhead 140 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine, was not available in either a Diesel or LPG version, or with independent PTO, but did later have a distillate option. Buda engines were used in the 30, 40, and 50 tractors, in all fuel types. The Buda Engine Company was bought out by Allis Chalmers in 1953, forcing Cockshutt to re-examine it’s engine alternatives. Perkins, Hercules, and, once again, Continental, engines were utilized in following Cockshutt models, as the Buda supply was used up. The 35 Deluxe, a model following midway between the 30 and 40 power sizes, used a Hercules GO198 4 cylinder gas engine, along with features of the larger 40 and 50 models, such as a 6 speed transmission, and over-the-engine steering. It also introduced the ‘Deluxe’ styling exercise, that of reversing the paint colours on the hood, grilles, and fuel tank. The effect was very appealing, and gave the nearly 10 year old ‘roundnose’ bodywork a fresh appearance. Models hence would employ this paint scheme, and would be known as ‘Deluxes’. These models even were provided with a cigar lighter! The 20 Deluxe’s operator’s platform was measurably improved by offseting and tilting the steering column up, and offsetting the gear shifter, thereby making it much easier to mount and dismount than it’s predecessor. Another major upgrade was the heavy duty round tube front axle, which replaced the rather flimsy, and easily damaged, square tube type of the previous model. The models 40D4 and Golden Eagle featured a Perkins L4 4 cylinder Diesel engine, of 169.5 cubic inches, and an excellent fuel economy rating. The last roundnose model to appear was the Golden Arrow, a 1957 ‘show’ tractor, built in very limited numbers, to present the new draft sensing three point hitch of the upcoming 540 and 550 models. It also featured the transmission of the forthcoming 550. The front frame, engine, and sheet metal were the same as a 35. Originally intended to be returned to Brantford for upgrading to full 550 models, some Golden Arrows escaped, and are much sought after collector tractors today.

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