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Cab Cadet “Showgoer” Tractor
“I like going to antique tractor shows, but I’m 79 years old and my legs don’t work as good as they used to. I didn’t want to spend the money for a golf cart or an electric wheelchair, so I converted an old Cub Cadet garden tractor. It rides on big tires making it easy to get on and off. I spent less than $500 to put it together,” says Paul Michener of Waynesville, Ohio.
    He bought the used Cub Cadet at a flea market for $50, minus the engine and mower deck. He replaced the original tires with big 15-in. whitewall snow tires on back and 12-in. high, 3-ribbed tires on front. He also installed a Harbor Freight 13 hp engine equipped with an electric starter. The tractor came equipped with a hydrostatic transmission.
    “The engine turns in the opposite direction as the transmission, so I had to put it in backward and build an adapter for the driveshaft,” says Michener. “I paid $225 for the engine, which was more than I spent on everything else put together. It’s an exact copy of a Briggs and Stratton and always starts on the first or second pull.”
    He bought the front tires new but already had the snow tires. They had the same bolt pattern as the tractor’s original tires so they fit right on. Michener painted the wheel hubs red.
    “It looks kind of stylish and makes a nice tractor for getting around shows. It’s small enough that I can haul it around with my pickup,” says Michener.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Paul Michener, P.O.Box 120, Waynesville, Ohio 45068 (ph 513 897-5142; www.greasebustertools.net).

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