2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6, Page #24
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Another Motorized Pedal Tractor

"I've often wanted to comment or send you photos of some of my projects but it wasn't until after reading the last issue that I finally decided to write," says Frank L. Miller, Mott, N.Dak.
  "The motorized pedal tractor that you showed wasn't bad but it was big and I didn't think it still looked like a pedal tractor after the motor was installed. I thought your readers would like to see a motorized tractor I put together for my grand kids. They must have put a million miles on since I built it 10 years ago.
  "The tractor is built out of a Deere 20 series pedal tractor which I completely restored. I cut the center part out of the hood and installed a 3 1/2 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine. The engine direct-drives a centrifugal clutch which chain-drives the rear axle. It is geared down by a big sprocket and three separate shafts so there is almost no limit to its power. My grand kids wore out two sets of rear tires by tieing the tractor to a tree, etc., and then putting it in gear. Because of all the power, the original 1/2-in. dia. shaft on the rear axle bent, so I replaced it with a bigger 5/8-in. dia. one. The pedal tractor originally drove off only the right rear wheel. I welded up the rear axle so that both rear wheels turn together.
  "The tractor still has its original front and rear wheels, seat, and steering wheel. I added a throttle lever which I use to control tractor speed.
  "The tractor has appeared in many parades over the years. I built several different implements to the same scale including a hay rack, chisel plow, anhydrous trailer, grain drill and a 4-bottom plow moldboard plow. The implements are mostly for show I don't use them on my farm."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frank L. Miller Farms, 307 Iowa Ave., Mott, N.Dak. 58646 (ph 701 824-2637).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6