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Stratton Lift Registry

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by garage gnome, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Jan 28, 2019
    garage gnome

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    Now that I am putting the stratton 3 point hitch on my '56 CJ5, Seth aka @windyhill said I am the stratton three point hitch guy. I want to start a thread documenting these hitches. On the control valve, there is a data plate with a number which is the serial number I am assuming. The stratton lift I have came on a '63 CJ5. I'll post the numbers up of this jeep tomorrow once I get my hitch serial number.

    Here are some scans of an original stratton hitch brochure.

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  2. Jan 29, 2019
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    1963 CJ5 (57548) had Stratton hitch number W2576 on it
     
  3. Jan 30, 2019
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    Nate,
    I will be interested to see how your project comes along. While doing research for an article in the Dispatcher, I spent part of a day at the Cleveland Library researching the Stratton Equipment Company and its founder. I also did searches at the Cleveland research institutes. Found very little information. I'm trying to determine when (and how) the Stratton became the "Jeep Approved" lift, replacing the Monroe.

    I know a couple of Stratton owners who may not be members here. I'll try and drop them a note pointing to this thread.
     
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    I haven’t found much information either about Stratton. All the pictures I have of them are on jeeps that had all the parts welded to the frame. Trying to determine how it all went originally is difficult. My guess is the change occurred sometime in the cj5 era. All the pictures I have are of cj5s.

    The other jeeps info would be much appreciated.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2019
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    I believe that Monroe stopped the lift production around 1956. I have a theory, but no proof, that Jeep approached Stratton about replacing the Monroe lift with a design that would free the bed. The patent application reads like it was written by Jeep and I am sure they were looking for a supplier. Stratton build "refuge" (aka garbage truck) hydraulic systems and material handling lifts starting in the late 1940s. They build a tailgate lift for the FC, so would have been know to Jeep. Hoping to write an article someday if I can uncover more information.
     
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    I’m having Dave on eWillys start a post about this too, so maybe I’ll get some more information about it.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2019
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    In the next few days we are rolling out the new farmjeep.com site. In the coming weeks, I'll be adding the articles I wrote for the Dispatcher magazine. The last of the 5 part series on farm jeep lifts covers the Stratton lift. I looked at the patent for clues about how the lift came about. I'll let you knew when the article is posted. The Dispatcher is a print-only operation so the articles aren't available on-line at this time.
     
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  9. Feb 28, 2019
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    All 5 Dispatcher articles are available here - Articles and Research – FarmJeep.com

    Over the next few months we will be more items related to the early CJ5 as we find them If you have a favorite link, let us know.
     
  10. Mar 4, 2019
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    The initial Stratton history page is now online here - Stratton Lift History – FarmJeep.com We will be adding to this information in the coming weeks. It also includes a link to this post.

    Thanks,
     
  11. Jun 24, 2019
    Andyswillys

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    Hi,
    I have cj-5 (189772) with Stratton W2447 on it.
     
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