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Home-Built Cab For Cub Cadet Utility Vehicle
John Herren, Louisville, Ky., couldn’t find a cab for his Cub Cadet Big Country utility vehicle, so he made his own for only about $300.
    “I like it because it gets me out of the weather and the wind,” he says. “There was no rollbar on the utility vehicle so I had to build the cab from scratch. It’s painted satin black and really looks nice.”
    He used 1 1/4-in. sq. tubing to frame the doors and 1-in. sq. tubing to make the door posts. The door posts are mounted to the floor, just behind the vehicle’s fenders. He used 16-ga. sheet metal for the lower door panels and 1/4-in. thick Lexan plexiglass for the windows. The door hinges are made from short lengths of 1/2-in. dia. pipe and 5/8-in. dia. rod.
    “The doors can be lifted off in good weather. I used stick-on pieces of foam as weather stripping around the doors,” says Herren.
    “The air intake was located between the seats and was in the way of the cab frame. I had to cut the ends off the air intake and close it up with duct tape.”
    He used shovel hanger brackets to make the door latches and bolted a 1/2-in. dia. length of pipe on each door post. He attached a gripper clipper on the door that grips the pipe.
    The cab’s roof extends 8 in. in front of the windshield. However, Herren says that if he could do it over he’d extend the cab at least 12 in. to help keep the windshield clean and to help visibility during a hard rain.
    “I paid $160 for the plexiglass that I used for the windows and $50 for the windshield. I used metal screws to fasten the plexiglass to the frame,” notes Herren.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Herren, P.O. Box 72069, Louisville, Ky. 40272 (ph 502 741-7521; jrherren31@yahoo.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1