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Car Seat Improves Ride On Old Tractor
When the original seat on his Oliver 550 tractor wore out, Stewart Gray, McCallsburg, Iowa, decided to replace it with a bucket seat salvaged from a Volkswagen Rabbit car.
  "The original seat on the tractor didn't have a backrest. This one has thick padding and a high back which makes it super comfortable. It sure shortens my work day," says Gray.
  He removed some brackets from the bottom of the seat so it would rest low enough for him to easily reach the foot pedals. He was able to use some of the original bolt holes to install the new seat. He had to add an additional metal bracket to support the front part of the seat.
  "I work for our town's maintenance department and use the tractor with a 3-pt. Bush Hog mower to mow along ditches and wastewater lagoons. The car seat makes a big difference," says Gray. "It's made from vinyl and foam rubber so rain and snow aren't a problem. One advantage is that the car seat is a lot easier to get in and out of. The original seat had a metal bar on each side of the seat next to my hips which made it difficult to get into. The car seat still has a lever attached to it that lets me tilt the backrest forward or back."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stewart Gray, 340 N. 3rd St., McCallsburg, Iowa 50154 (ph 515 434-2017 or 641 487-7247).

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