1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They Turned Tractor Into Mobile Welder, Generator
Marshall and Kendell Litchfield, who farm near Macomb, Ill., say the nicely painted, modified WC is actually one of the handiest pieces of equpment on their farm. They almost totally rebuilt the tractor and equipped it with both a welder and a generator that they can take any where they need power or to make repairs.
They first fitted the old Allis tractor with a Chevrolet 283 V-6 engine, which required relatively little adaptation to fit. They did have to slightly notch the tractor frame to get it in between the rails and they made an adapter ring out of plate steel to fit between the engine and the tractor transmission. They mounted the original AC flywheel on the Chevy engine.
The engine is fitted with a governor from a Massey Harris combine and the cooling fan came off a Ford truck. The original gas tank had to be moved forward 2 in.
They mounted a mig welder under an extra wide seat (which they special-built for the tractor). They raised the operator platform up a few inches before putting the welder in place so that they could direct drive it with a belt off the original tractor pulley. The belt and both drive pulleys are housed inside a sheet metal safety shield that they made. Raising the deck meant they had to raise the angle of the steering wheel which was accomplished by adding universal joints to the steering column.
A WinPower generator mounts under the rear axle and is direct-driven by belts off the tractor pto.
A metal box on back of the tractor is wired to the generator. It houses three plug-in outlets for powering tools, and a 12-volt battery for DC power.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marshall & Kendell Litchfield, 15340 N. 700th Rd., Macomb, Ill. 61455 (ph 309 254-3481).
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