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ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during WW2


 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:14 pm    Post subject: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during WW2 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I inherited a 1943 ztu over the weekend. My 1937 is on factory rubber but the 1943 is on steel cut off wheels with a cast steering wheel. The tractor is original to the farm. Was rubber that short during WW2.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes.
Since it was used in tires, airplanes, ships, etc. rubber was rationed by the government.
(And Japan controlled all or almost all of the natural rubber supply during the war.)

It seems that quite a few MMs were built with cast steering wheels during the war.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-t.r.k. wrote:
(quoted from post at 22:33:25 12/30/17) Yes.
Since it was used in tires, airplanes, ships, etc. rubber was rationed by the government.
(And Japan controlled all or almost all of the natural rubber supply during the war.)

It seems that quite a few MMs were built with cast steering wheels during the war.


That was what I assumed by being in my 30’s I don’t always gave the answers. It was restored in the 1980s and has been kept in storage since. I am not sure if I should leave the cut offs or try to find a set off steel when I remove it from its 30 year hibernation.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not so much as rubber being scarce. All resources were diverted to the war effort. It was hard to purchase a new tractor during that time.
Farmers usually took what the dealer had.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just remember that "new from the factory"
is only one of many ways to preserve an old
tractor. Don't be afraid to let that
tractor tell the story of its life.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have several with cast wheel. Even a 1939 U with one. Must have been changed as it was
prewar. Never seen one on a R but on 44 Z and 43 GTA.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: ZTU use of rubber coated steering wheel and tires during Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Moresmoke wrote:
(quoted from post at 09:30:05 12/31/17) Just remember that "new from the factory"
is only one of many ways to preserve an old
tractor. Don't be afraid to let that
tractor tell the story of its life.


Never thought of it that way. My 37 is on all cast period correct wheels with rubber and no starter knock out. The 43 came on steel changed to rubber so I guess I should embrace it for what it is and what it has gone thru.
 
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