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Kit Turns Garden Tractor Into Mini-8N
Dave Knasel started converting garden tractors into mini-8N Fords as a way to help older tractor collectors get around tractor shows. Now he sells kits for conversion.

"I saw so many old guys who were having trouble getting around, but were too bullheaded to use a mobility unit," recalls Knasel.

A Ford N-Series collector, it was only natural his solution was a kit that made a garden tractor look like a mini-8N.

He developed a fiberglass kit that he now sells to those who wish to do their own conversion. It consists of a single piece fiberglass hood that fits over most standard garden tractors. Simply remove the existing hood and use some 1-in. by 3/16-in. metal strapping to make a couple of brackets. The new fiberglass hood is reinforced at the bottom and uses two bolts to attach.

Hood, gas cap, decal kit, grill and sides, plus 3.25-in. headlamps and a three bar steel push bumper run $370.

"The hood is intended to overlap the dash by an inch or two, but some customers have gone to the point of taking an old Ford N dash and downsizing it to fit," says Knasel.

Knasel also converts step-through Kubotas to order. A standard one-seater goes for $1,800 with a two-seater priced at $2,500.

Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Knasel, 11777 Tawawa-Maplewood Rd, Maplewood, Ohio 45340 (ph 937 489-8440; don @awesomehenry.com; www. awesome henry.com).

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2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4