2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
IH Tractor Cab Makes Winter Work Fun
“I drive on the road 2 miles each way to some woods where I cut up logs for my outdoor furnace, so during the winter it could get mighty cold before I built the cab, which has a heater inside to keep me toasty warm. It now makes driving to the woods a fun job,” says Strouse, who painted the cab red and white to match the tractor’s colors.
Strouse started his project by building a frame out of 1-in. sq. tubing that attaches to the tractor’s frame. He used 3/16-in. plywood for the doors and window frames and 1/2-in. plywood for the roof. The door bolts to the frame with hinges and closes securely with a spring-loaded latch. The windows and doors are fitted with 1/8-in. plexiglass.
To heat the cab he used the heater core and fan motor out of a Ford 4400 backhoe.
The cab is designed to be lifted off the tractor using a shop crane. “By removing 4 bolts I can lift the cab off for the summer,” says Strouse.
Strouse made a couple of other modifications to the tractor. He welded a stainless steel straight pipe on the exhaust, but says it’s so loud he’ll probably replace it with a muffler.
He also used 3/4-in. plywood to make a 2-ft. sq. toolbox that’s bolted to a pair of 3-in. angle irons on front of the tractor. “I use the toolbox to carry my chainsaws and gas, chains, tools, and water,” says Strouse.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Douglas P. Strouse, 1149 S. Aurelius Rd., Mason, Mich. 48854 (ph 517 204-8635).
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