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"Twinned" Farmalls A Big Hit At Tractor Shows
Bill Bradley and his son, Mark, put two Farmalls together into a single rig. The project got the attention of grandson Mark Jr., who started driving it in parades.
  Bill says he got the idea for putting the 1947 Farmall BN and 1941 Farmall A tractors together after seeing a picture of a similar unit in a magazine.
  "I liked that it was something different and thought that twinning would be more interesting than just restoring a single tractor," Bill says. "It wasn't overly difficult, but took a lot of time because we were working with two old beat up tractors."
  Bill says his son Mark is good at "straightening out," welding and painting, so "he made it look good."
  "I got in the grease and did the disassembling, took care of getting some machining done, and re-assembling."
  Both engines can be used to drive the rear wheels, according to Bill.
  He says that when his grandson drives it in the shows, he always has both engines running so he has the option of whichever engine he wants to go with. Normally, he uses the left.
  "There's a clutch and a transmission for each engine," Bill explains. "When you're using one, the other is in neutral. With a bit of extra fiddling and welding, we got it so that one brake pedal controls both rear wheels.  The front axle width is pretty close to the same as you'd find on an A. We had to reinforce the front axle to handle the extra engine weight."
  Contact: Farm Show Followup, Bill Bradley, 32504 110 Ave. S.E., Auburn, Wash. 98092.


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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5