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Home Built Heavy Duty Snow Pusher
Here's a heavy-duty snow pusher that I spent nearly two years and $1,000 building.
The chassis is a 1951 or 52 International W-9, with direction of travel reversed by flip-ping the differential. I repowered the tractor with a 302 cu. in. V-8 engine out of a 1978 Thunderbird car to provide added reliability and cheaper maintenance. It mounts on back of the machine, which is shortened 5 in. from the original, and is covered by the tractor's original cowling. I use the tractor's 5-speed transmission as well as a 3-speed automatic transmission out of another Ford car. To match them up, I shortened the car's drive shaft and connected its yoke to the flange on the tractor transmission.
The hydraulic steering system came off an old Minneapolis Moline tractor. The unit mounts underneath the cab and is coupled to a steering column out of an old Ford car.
I bought a cab off an old Melro Spra-Coupe and mounted it over the drive wheels.
I bought a Farmhand F 11 loader and mounted it on support channels along the front tractor rails.
Painted IH red, the machine works great for snow removal. (Robert Dolan, 1438 Atlanta Drive, Bismarck, N. Dak. 58504; ph 701 258-6720).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6