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Air Ride Semi Seat Improves Ride

When the original seat on his 1956 International Harvester 450 tractor wore out, Jamie Beck, Story City, Iowa, decided to replace it with a used "air ride" seat designed for semi tractors.
  "It has thick padding and a high back which makes it super comfortable, and it's designed to float up or down which smooths out the bumps. It sure shortens my workday," says Beck.
  He threw away the tractor's original seat and made a steel bracket to mount the new seat. He drilled new holes in the bracket, then bolted the semi seat onto it. The seat came equipped with an air bag with an air chuck on it. There's no compressed air on board. Instead, Beck simply uses his shop air compressor to fill the bag up with air.
  "It's really comfortable," says Beck. "We already had removed the seat from the truck, replacing it with one more suited to long distance driving. The seat cushion can be adjusted forward or backward, and the back can be tilted. The only disadvantage is that I can't climb up the back of the tractor any more. I have to climb in from the side."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jamie Beck, 903 Washington St., Story City, Iowa 50248 (ph 515 290-2878).


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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4