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Jacobsen Garden Tractor Made Into Deere G “Parade Tractor”
“My son Lanny and I converted an old 1970’s Jacobsen garden tractor to look like a 1941 Deere G. It makes a great parade tractor,” says Danny Reese, Goodhue, Minn.
    The tractor rides on 31-in. high lugged rear wheels and is used to pull a homemade 2-wheeled “people hauler” that’s fitted with a comfortable bench seat at parades.
    They removed the hood from the Jacobsen and replaced it with one made by modifying the hood off a 1943 Deere B. They also modified the air cleaner off a Deere A and mounted it opposite the Jacobsen’s exhaust muffler.    The tractor’s fenders were cut down to make room for big 31 by 15 lugged rear tires off an old Deere self-propelled swather. The lugged front tires, purchased new, were made for a walk-behind snowblower.
    Weights made from sq. steel tubing were added on front. “The weights serve as a bumper so if the tractor hits something the grill won’t get smashed in,” says Danny.
    The people hauler’s bench seat is out of an old 1972 Chevy Blazer and mounts on a home-built frame. There are foot rests made from 2 by 10’s in front of the seat, and on back is a platform also made from 2 by 10’s.
    The wheels and axle are off either a riding mower or a snowmobile trailer. “I’m not sure which because I bought them piecemeal at an auction,” says Danny.
    The tractor worked overtime a couple of years ago at a nearby fair in Zumbrota, Minn. “The fair was supposed to have a carnival, but the carnival didn’t show up and the fair’s manager didn’t know until the first day of the fair,” says Danny. “He immediately called us for help. We ended up hooking a homemade ‘barrel train’ behind the tractor and spent 5 days in a row, 12 hrs. per day, giving kids rides. Lanny did most of the driving, and by the time the fair was over he was exhausted. But the kids had a lot of fun.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Danny Reese, 39089 Co. 4 Blvd., Goodhue, Minn. 55027 (ph 651 380-6127).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4