Mark’s selling this 1970 Topeka Hiway Mower/Snow plow. Contact him for more information: 419-563-4002. Here’s a similar Topeka model with a snow plow for comparison.
There were several mowers developed for the early jeep. Some mounted on the side and some in the rear. Here are the ones I have so far:
1. NEWTON MOWER: Built by H. G. & S. Manufacturing out of Wisconsin, this mower relied on the Monroe Lift for mounting. Skilled users could attach this mower in only one minute, according the brochure.
2. NEWGREN POWER MOWER: Made by Newgren Company out of Butler, Pennsylvania. It mounted on the rear.
Blaine spotted this rare Mini Beep Struck.
“This is a really hard to find Struck Mini Beep. These were built by the Struck company that is famous for making the little bulldozers that you could buy as a kit. Today they are called Magna Tracks. This one has been modified some. It is a really neat little Jeep. It articulates in the middle to turn. It is four wheel drive. It runs good but could use a couple of new belts. I collect old garden tractors and so it does not really fit so I am passing it on to someone else to enjoy it. ”
Craig forwarded this eBay listing for a rare Palomino Mower. It’s listed at $20,000. For that price you can get a restored CJ-2A and a set of mowers to pull behind it.
“This is the very rare mini Jeep “Roof Palomino” made in the Roof factory in Pontiac, Illinois. There were only about 200 of these mini Jeeps made in the 60’s. These were very expensive, costing around $1,700.00 when new, about the same as a new Chevrolet. Therefore, not many of these were sold, as only the wealthy could afford one.
This Palomino is in excellent original condition. It runs really well. It cuts a 5 foot swath with no problems. This could also be used as a golf cart, since the mower deck removes easily. This is a lot of fun to use since it creates so much attention when you are driving around your yard, either cutting grass or golf carting. According to your local ordinances, this could be driven down the street in your community.
It has a hydra static drive, so it is easy to use. This works really good, except the headlights and horn are not working. I never needed them, so I never bothered to have them fixed. There is no rust damage, and it has never been repaired for rust. I have owned this for about 20 years. It has a new 12 volt battery, and it starts right up. It has a large Kohler 2 cylinder engine, with more than enough power to cut tall grass. It is capable of speeds over 25 mph. How cool is that????
This type of vehicle does not require a title or registration. The purchaser will not have to be in a rush to pick it up since I will keep it safe in my garage until arrangements can be made. Look at photos closely and ask any and all questions you may have.”
UPDATE: The seller thought this was a LOVE 3Point hitch (forerunner of the Newgren), but Bob Christy and I can’t identify it. Can anyone else?
Lots of stuff here. The 3point Hitch and mower are the most interesting items to me. Anyone recognize the mower? None of my brochures match it.
“2 CJ5 Willys jeeps for sale. NO. 1 Yellow jeep is ser. no.143416 Not running, stuck engine. Comes with what I believe is a LOVE 3pt hitch and PTO. Looks to be complete with hydraulic unit in engine compartment. Comes with a 3pt mower, scoop and front mount snow blade. Body is rough, frame is good, 4wheel drive components look good. Has a hard top with fiberglass top. No title, farm jeep. Some glass is broken. NO 2 Green jeep is Ser. no. 103879 Stuck, has head off soaking in Diesel fuel. Has a burnt valve, all parts to put back together are there. Has Koenig hard top in good condition. Body is very solid and has had extensive body work done to it several years ago, would not take much to be decent driver. All 4 wheel drive components look good. Frame is good. Gas tank is good. Has bucket seats. Some extra parts included. This one may have a title. Good glass.”
On the side of the CJ-3A shown in this Mott mower brochure was printed “Akron” and “Canton”. I can’t make out the third word.
Mark just listed this one.
“Mini Jeep riding lawn mower 19.5 hp, 2 spark plugs, new carb, starter.”
Looks in great shape. It’s missing the top.
“Runs good. Fun to run.”
Joe spotted these online directions out of the UK for building a ride-on mower.
Dan forwarded this for a friend. You can contact Dan for more information. It appears in good shape. The data tag lists this as a “special” model, but what’s special about it is not clear to me. It hasn’t run in years but had new rings put in before it was parked.
This rare brochure includes a a reference to the Palamino Roof Jeep Brochure.
“the brochure is a fold out design with 8 pages total. It is in xlnt condition with no writing or marks. This is the most unusual mower ever made and way ahead of its time. This mower sold for $1600 in the era of $3000 cars. They resemble early Jeeps and many have been made into utility vehicles that resemble mini Jeeps and got rid of the mower deck, They are rare and highly collectible. This is the ultimate brochure since 99 percent of the brochures from Roof are on Card stock type paper and this is glossy magazine type paper representing the complete product line.”
Blaine found a flattie project and a Topeka project for sale and some other parts.
1. Flattie is $500. Dogs are worn, but the steel rims may have life. It’s sat for a long time.
2. Topeka Mower has Jeep running gear (T-98 4 sp.) limited slip dif.
Dennis spotted this modified mower. It doesn’t run.
“Old cool Topeka County mowing machine. Does not have the mower attachment anymore. Selling for my pops. He used it at his RV repair shop years ago to pull trailers around and then gramps used it for his auto repair shop.
Has not run in about 7 years so not sure what it would take to get her going. Has hydrolic ram on the back that lifts a crazy bar and chain set up that gramps used to pull motors from cars with. Also has big tube setup on front had a crank winch on it but not anymore.
Think it’s a jeep flat head 4 cylinder motor. Jeep front and rear axles not sure the size. Not sure what tranny and transfer case are in it.
Was going to use it for yard art but not anymore.
It’s a cool old unusual little machine.
Could probably get it running with not a whole lot on work or just use the parts off on it.
Selling for what it’s worth in scrap so $600.00 OBO
Pops has a title for it somewhere. Thanks for looking.
If it doesn’t sell in week or 2 it’s being put on my trailer and down to the scrap yard so if ya want it let me know.
Sorry I don’t know more about it but honestly who would. never seen another one like it!”
UPDATE: Jean would like to see this saved rather than send it to salvage. She’s moving, so it has to go. I drove up to Kimball Junction in Utah on Wednesday to get some better photos. The mower is a mix of jeep and non-jeep parts. You can contact Jean at jnbpc @ msn.com if interested in the mower. I have other photos.
This ‘Tornado’ Topeka Hiway Mower is different from other Topeka mowers I’ve featured. One of the biggest differences is the front grill area. All the Topeka’s I’ve seen have an angled front grille area like these. The front of Jean’s model has a more typical tractor front.
Jean hasn’t used it much over the last seven years. The motor was rebuilt around that time and has had very little use since. It is four wheel drive, has a transfer case, and a continental engine.
Steve saw the article about Topeka’s from yesterday and forwarded this ad. He thought it was a custom rig. This runs and drives.
“4×4 tractor with blade to move the snow that is on it’s way. Good for plowing snow or dirt work. 4×4 has all jeep running gear. Has a hydraulic system. Turn key ready $1450. cash or give me a call and we can discuss a trade. Looking for a gas motor golf cart.”
Joe just picked up this rare Topeka Highway Mower last month. Joe would love to find a soft door setup like is shown on this Topeka.
Topeka like these were assembled with jeep parts. I’ve updated the Topeka Mower info.
UPDATE: Was $2000. Status Unknown.
Thanks to Doug for sharing this one. The motor is stuck. The brochure is likely rare.
“RERE STRUCK BEEP Garden Tractor with Snow Blade. Rust free and the nicest body you will ever find. Have all parts motor stuck. Have the book for it.”
“One of a kind Jeep/lawn tractor. Based on a Craftsman rider with a 21 HP. engine and runs good.
Great fun for the kids young and old. Dare to be different you will have fun at the same time.
Asking $400.00 or best Cash or trade offer. Will consider all offers.
Will not answer Emails without contact information. If interested CALL 386-615-4739”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.
I don’t know if this seller has made others or if this is a one-off custom piece.
“Built from the ground up. All steel components to include the drive train and axles. Durable 3/4″ plywood body finished with automotive paint. Honda GZ series gas engine (200cc) for great performance and efficiency. Rechargeable AGM battery for the headlights. Padded leather bench seat with automotive carpeting on interior surfaces and the under carriage finished with undercoating. ”
These aren’t easy to find. Here is more information about them.
“Pretty much complete, motor does not turn over what you see is what you get, see pictures. Pick up only will help load on open trailer”
Ethan is selling this rare lawn mower.
“Rare ROOF Palomino “mini Jeep” Lawnmower. Good overall condition and very original. Serial #1505 as per tag on hood. These were built from approx 1969 to the early 70’s and were very expensive in their day, hence not too many were sold and not too many left.
This one has been in barn storage for the past 10+ years. It was parked due to no spark; the coil is suspected too be bad, but I haven’t tested it yet. It ran and drove fine before that and was great for putting around the property and moving stuff (beer, parts, people and tools) around the property. It is 40 years old, so despite its good preserved shape, it will need a good service before getting it going.
-Original Kohler k482 motor, seats (with cushioning springs), air cleaner, rims, grille, tailgate, etc, etc..
-Very little rust ( just a little on the outside edges where the floor meets the body in the footwells),
-All mechanical pieces are intact. Rear tires are pretty dry rotted, but I have a nice set of 2 used tires that match the front that come with it. There is some kind of small patch on the right rear corner. Front bumper has had a small hitch added. Motor has good compression and oil pressure; turns right over.
-This originally had a 60″ belt driven mower deck. This one has been stripped of its PTO, engagement and lift levers, as well as the mower deck and its attachment points. NO MOWER OR PARTS for the mower. I have read that the Roof 60 mowers used many of the same parts, but can not confirm that.
– It will need a complete service before being taken out to have fun with! Should be easy to get going again!”
UPDATE: Oopos .. managed to forget the link to the cj2a page.
A reader pointed me over to the CJ-2A page where there is a video of a cool MBish mower. Not wanting to just snag the video, I thought I’d do a search and landed on the mini-beep.html page. It turns out they’ve been around since the 1960s! Head on over to the CJ-2A page to see the video.