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Half-Scale Tractors Are Crowd Pleasers
"They're half the size but double the fun," says Jewell Niemann, St. Edwards, Neb., about his crowd-pleasing half-scale tractors a Deere and an International. They both work, look and even sound like the real tractors they represent.
Model "D" John Deere "It took me about two years to complete in my spare time. The engine is from a Deere pull-type combine made in the 1950's. It's water-cooled, magnetofired, and has the distinctive 'put-put' sound of a Deere. I removed the cast iron flywheel housing to have an open flywheel and redesigned the oil pump suction tube so it would operate in the traditional Deere horizontal position. A redesigned radiator from a 2-cyl. light plant was the right size and worked perfectly, using the thermo-syphon principle. A self-propelled combine transmission and differential serve as the tractor's rear end. It's equipped with a pulley and drawbar and develops about 15 drawbar horsepower. It has three speeds forward. Maximum forward speed is 4 mph."
W-1 International: "The engine is a 4-cyl., water-cooled Cub power unit used in the IH model 64 pull-type combine made in the 1950's. The sheet metal (shortened and narrowed) is from a Farmall C. The front axle, transmission, differential and brakes are from an IH Cadet. The ring and pinion had to be reversed to accommodate the clockwise rotation of the 4 cyl. engine. The wheels (15 in. dia.) are from an International pickup of 1950's vintage. Junked foreign cars supplied the radiator and some steering parts."
Niemann is working on a book of plans that he hopes to have published soon. "It will give all construction details of the various items I used, and suggest possible substitutes. No lathe work was necessary in either of the two half-scale tractors I've built. Tools I used included a welder, cutting torch, cut-off saw, drill press, and body and fender tools."
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jewell Niemann, Rt. 2, Box 310, St. Edward, Neb. 68660 (ph 402 678-3325).


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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #1