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Old 05-25-2022, 08:40 PM   #1
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Hi, new member looking for help identifying a vehicle I just bought... vanguard 16hp, 3 speed + reverse with clumsy shifter below seat to driver's left. 50/50 chance the dump bed was not original and almost certain the the "The Hauler" decals on bed side are not. Grill clearly meant to look like a Willis jeep and square tube brush guard fits so well I'd bet it is stock and not a backyard add on. No idea what I'm dealing with and whether to just use it till it dies or if it is worth some effort to partially restore,
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Old 05-25-2022, 09:11 PM   #2
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looks like a John Deere Gator

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Old 05-25-2022, 10:12 PM   #3
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Might be an older Cushman or some sort. Look for a serial number tag welded to the frame with a 6 digit number on it. Either front drivers side, or rear passenger side near the end of the frame rail, or on the cross member.

Lost of stuff it could be, but Custom modified is a certainty.
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Old 05-26-2022, 12:46 AM   #4
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Sure looks like an earlier steel bodied Cushman to me, and the clunky 3 speed shifter beside the driver on the left seems to confirm this. As FairTax says, look for a serial plate with a four or six figure number or both with a hyphen in between. Obviously it appears to be modified on the front.

Early models had a four digit serial number, later models had a six figure number hyphenated with a four digit number and even later models had just a six digit number as far as I can recall, which was difficult to determine year of manufacture. The four figure number in either case used the first two digits as the date code.

The Cushman brothers started out making small utility trucks to order and customers specification, so none of the early ones were really built to a single standard. Later models were built as a basic unified design and then accessorized to customer preference.

I do not recall the 16hp vanguard being fitted as standard so it could well be something else other than Cushman.

This is only information I have gained over the years and may not be entirely accurate.
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Old 05-26-2022, 12:53 AM   #5
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I was close enough LOL

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Old 05-26-2022, 03:52 PM   #6
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Thansk for the feedback... I'll get out there and try to confim it is a Cushman.
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Old 06-08-2022, 05:22 PM   #7
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Turns out to be a Kimball Hauler J-93... the 16hp Vanguard, the bed and body are original. Runs great, good tires but NO brakes - apparently I need to find Chevy Chevette master cyl. Thanks for all the direction!
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