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It's a Ford.. or is it?

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I believe it's mfd by Gilson. Very good machines.
He's also asking $400 too much... At least.

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Universal Tractor Co is just the dealer and they are still in business. From the appearance it would likely be a Gilson unit badged for Ford.
I guess the question is it a Ford is like asking if it's a Craftsman. Craftsman doesn't really make anything they have it made for them.
Appears to have been made specifically to be branded a Ford but it didn't roll out of a "Ford" factory.

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It kind of had a Gilson look to me as well.
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Universal Tractor Company seems to have gone from a manufacturer to just a dealership of various equipment. But I could be wrong. They are still listed at the same address as on that ID tag.
I guess the question of is it a Ford is like asking if it's a Craftsman. Appears to have been made specifically to be branded a Ford but it didn't roll out of a "Ford" factory.

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Back in the 70's Ford had their branded line of lawn & garden equipment. Their L&G Tractors were Jacobson's painted blue. Looking at the chute of the blower I would guess that it may be from the 70's also.

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Universal Tractor Company seems to have gone from a manufacturer to just a dealership of various equipment. But I could be wrong. They are still listed at the same address as on that ID tag.
I guess the question of is it a Ford is like asking if it's a Craftsman. Appears to have been made specifically to be branded a Ford but it didn't roll out of a "Ford" factory.

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Go over to Pete's (Spectrum) Gilson snowblower pages and compare this machine to Gilson 826 blower. Same machine, different paint.
www.gilsonsnowblowers.com
Kiss, I think you hit the nail on the head about Universal Tractor Company becoming somewhat of a middle man Co.

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Maybe ask this guy...

https://rmn.craigslist.org/grd/d/cla...760518908.html

And speaking of Fords...

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/a...768030779.html

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I'm not sure I'd be asking that first guy anything. Looks like his "Ariens" is a Ward's snowblower built by Gilson. If he's that far off there's no telling what else he's wrong about.

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I'm not sure I'd be asking that first guy anything. Looks like his "Ariens" is a Ward's snowblower built by Gilson. If he's that far off there's no telling what else he's wrong about.

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Oh yeah...the handlebars are a dead giveaway, seems like only Gilsons in whatever variety use that style, like this Ford.

I find the listing..."interesting and humorous". The frame and bucket kinda look like Ariens I couldn't help but notice in all those photos, there's not one make identifying image.

He'd probably list the Ford as a Chevy

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