2013 - Volume #37, Issue #6, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Big Wheel" Tricycle
The tricycle’s 44-in. spoked front wheel is off an old late 1940’s Case ground-driven hay rake. The 15-in. high back wheels are off a more modern hay rake and are fitted with baby moon hubcaps. Power is provided by a 2 1/2 hp International Harvester LB engine equipped with a flywheel that runs off a camshaft.
To drive the rear wheels he cut down a Ford Model A transmission. The transmission connects to the rear end off an old Fiat car. He cut 1 ft. off each side of the transmission to narrow it up and then welded it back together.
The main frame is made from 2 1/2-in. dia. pipe. A pipe bender was used to curve the front forks. The handlebars measure 3 ft. across and are made from 1 1/2-in. electrical conduit. “In order to keep the conduit from buckling when I tried to bend it, I filled it with sand and then put wood plugs in each end,” says Timm.
The front steering spindle was made out of a big cast gear that came off the hay rake. The front forks are made from 1-in. dia. pipe. To make the brakes he copied the brakes on an old Deere B tractor. He made a platform with a step on each side. The seat is off a Farmall tractor. He used old boat trailer fenders to make the rear fenders.
The wagon rides on 22-in. high car spare tires, bought for $1 apiece at an auto salvage yard. “I wanted to build the wagon twice as big as the original Radio Flyer wagon. It rides on 11-in. wheels, so the 22-in. wheels were perfect,” says Timm.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wayne Timm, 48461 367th Ave., Kasota, Minn. 56050 (ph 507 625-7865; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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