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Tractor Canopy Made From Pickup Topper
“It looks a little different but it works great,” says James Bohn, Mount Savage, Md., who made a canopy for his Mahindra 25 hp loader tractor using the fiberglass topper off an old Chevy S-10 pickup. It’s bolted to the tractor’s rollbar and is complete with round “porthole” windows on both sides for better side vision. It’s painted Mahindra red.
  “I use this little 4-WD tractor for a lot of different jobs, so my homemade canopy comes in handy all year long,” says Bohn. “It makes an ideal weather top in any season. When it’s warm outside I can lift the hinged back part of the topper. I leave it closed in colder weather.”
  He bought the topper at a yard sale for $50. It was equipped with a sliding window on front which he cut off. He also cut off the rest of the front and halfway back on both sides. He removed the topper’s original side windows and installed a round window in their place. The window is actually a piece of square glass mounted in a section of 1-in. thick wood with a circle cut into it.
  He mounted emergency lights on top for use when operating a snowblower. He added West Coast and concave mirrors on each side, mounting them on lengths of 1 by 2-in. tubing that clamps onto the tractor’s loader brace supports. He also added braces on front to support the topper’s overhang.
  “It turned out good. I didn’t have to drill any holes in the tractor at all,” says Bohn. “I was lucky to find this particular topper because it has a long, angled window on front that faces skyward. As a result, I can still see the loader bucket at its highest position without having to bend forward and look under the front edge of the roof.”   
  As a finishing touch, he mounted a waterproof, 50-caliber ammo box on one side of the tractor for use as a toolbox. His grandson also added a set of cow horns on front of the tractor.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Bohn, 15610 Mile Lane N.W., Mount Savage, Md. 21545 (ph 301 264-3999; jamesrbohn@gmail.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4