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Case tractor fitted with 3 pt hydraulics
Thousands of old tractors don't get used much by farmers even if they run great because they're not equipped to handle modem implements. Jim Long, who farms near Delia, Alberta, owned one of those tractors but decided to upgrade it with "made it myself' hydraulics and a 3-pt. hitch.
"It took several weeks of work to figure it out but it turned out right. Now it's a handy chore tractor that gets a lot of use. We run a wheel rake, roto tiller, cultivator, mower sickle and other equipment with it," says Long. Except for the lack of 3-pt. and hydraulics, his Case VA tractor, built in the 1950's, was in excellent condition. Now that it's been updated, Long says the 30-hp tractor's hydraulics do the work of a Deere 4020. "It's got enough hydraulic power to pick up anything the tractor can handle."
In addition to the other modifications, Long also -converted the tractor to 12-volt power. He mounted a double pulley on the engine's crankshaft. One belt drives a truck hoist pump he mounted on the side of the engine and the other belt drives a 12-volt alternator.
Long mounted a reservoir and 3-spool hydraulic controls above the rear axle just behind the seat. A pair of outlets are posiítioned at the back of the tractor.
He built the 3-pt. arms from scrap flat iron and swivel ends that he bought at a parts store. The two hitch arms are swivel-mounted on a frame beneath the tractor that bolts to either side of the rear axle. A rocker arm shaft runs across the rear of the tractor. A single cylinder, anchored below the seat and connected to a lift arm above the top link, raises and lowers the 3-pt.
"The trickiest part was getting the right angle on the hitch arms. It took me a couple weeks to figure it out," says Long. One of the new ideas he came up with on his project was using an automotive tie rod to hold the hitch arms in place. "Most tractors have chains flopping around on the hitch. The tie rod runs from the back of the tractor to one of the arms. When nothing is mounted, the other arm swings freely. When both arms are fastened to equipment, the tie rod holds them both solid."
Long would like to find a manufacturer for his 3-pt.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Long, Box 125, Delia, Alberta, Canada TOJ OWO (ph 403 364-2457).


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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #3