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Old betsy tractor
I built this "Old Betsy' tractor in 1991 and it really attracts a lot of attention because people can't figure out what it is. It's powered by a 1927 McCormick Deering stationary engine which runs at about 500 rpm's. It has a model A Ford transmission and a 3-way gear box off an old Lease baler. The shortened-up rear end comes from a 1951 Plymouth and the back wheels were taken from a Case combine. Front wheels came off a harrow cart. The steering gear comes out of a Massy Harris binder and the steering wheel from a hand-cranked post drill. The 16-in. drive pulley up front was salvaged from a grain elevator line shaft. It has a governor from a Sawyer Massey steam engine. The headlight came from an IHC truck.
The tractor was built by imagination with humor in mind. (0. P. Lackey, Box 766, Gladstone, Manitoba ROJ OTO Canada)


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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5