2016 - Volume #40, Issue #4, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Lister-Powered Massey Harris Pony Is One-Of-A-Kind
“The Lister is only 1 1/2 hp, but that’s enough for the Pony to pull itself around and load itself on the trailer,” says Shell. “It’s just fine for a show tractor.”
Shell originally bought the Pony to convert it to electric drive. The engine was shot. When he found a Lister “hit & miss”, he changed his plans. With the aid of a jackshaft and a bracket to mount sprockets and bearings on the transmission driveshaft, he was in business. The pto works, and it drives like a regular tractor.
“The biggest challenge was installing the jackshaft under the engine,” says Shell. “I ran a belt from a small pulley on the Lister to a large one on the jackshaft, with a belt to the driveshaft. The belt to the driveshaft slipped, so I changed it to chain drive. It took a lot of trial and error to get pulleys the right size.”
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