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Half-Scale Models Of Old Case Tractors
Retired farmer Marvin Copenbarger of Mt. Auburn, Ill., always enjoyed driving his Case tractors when he was farming.
  So as soon as he retired he started building half-scale models of Case tractors. He now has six of them, and all six models really work. Most of them are powered by small 8 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engines.
  Each year Copenbarger and his wife put some of the tractors on display at a local parade.
  "They bring back memories for people who lived in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's because they work just like the full-sized machines did," says Copenbarger. "My tractors aren't exact copies, but I've done everything possible to make them look authentic."
  His collection includes a 1927 Case 12-20 "Junior" Crossmotor, a Model RC with a "Sunburst Orange" grill, a 1939 RC, a Case 800 "Junior", a 1929 Model L, and a 1947 Model LA.
  The Crossmotor and the 800 have 4-cylinder water-cooled engines. The Crossmotor's engine is off a Farmall Cub tractor and the 800's engine is off a Hercules ZXB tractor.
  "It generally takes me about six months to make one tractor," says Copenbarger. "Each tractor costs $1,500 to $3,000 to make.
  "The 1927 Crossmotor has unusual wheel rims with triangle-shaped holes just like the ones on the real tractor. It was the only model that Case ever made with wheel rims designed like that. I had a machine company cut the discs out and I welded them together. My half-scale model has rubber strips on both the front and rear wheels just like the one I used when I was farming. I bought mine with steel wheels. However, I wanted to drive it on the highway so I mounted rubber strips over the wheels.
  "I mounted dual rear wheels on my half-scale 800 model because that's how the real 800 looked when I farmed."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marvin Copenbarger, 3100 N. 1725 E. Rd., Mt. Auburn, Ill. 62547 (ph 217 676-4533).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5