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Home Built Tractor Built In 1954
The owner of this home-built tractor is Burt Gesner of Madison, Conn., who's now in his early 90's. He built the tractor back in 1954 to use at his summer home in rural Unity, N.H.
    Gesner and his family told me about all the different years, makes and models of vehicle parts he used to build the tractor. It's a great example of one man's ingenuity, sensibility and even artistry in creating a working product that has lasted for many years.
    The parts he used to build the tractor include an 8 hp Briggs & Stratton engine, a Rockford clutch, the side rails off a Model T, the steering spindle off a 1930 Chevrolet, the steering column and the hood off a 1928 Chevrolet, the front wheel off a Crosley, the transmission off a 1936 Plymouth, the rear end off a 1932 Hudson, and the rear wheels off a 1934 Chevrolet 1 1/2-ton truck. The body was made from a 60-gal. oil dispenser. (Arthur G. Bastian, 91 Spring Farm Road, Claremont, N.H. 03743 ph 603 542-2676)

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3