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Tractor Whistle Sounds Like A Train
When Justin Kelzer equipped his D-17 Allis Chalmers diesel with a realistic train whistle, he used exhaust to power it.

"I used to blow a mouth whistle to imitate a train engine when I drove the D-17 in a local parade," says Kelzer. "When a friend of mine started making brass whistles, I bought one and used air pressure to blow it at first."

In his search to be more authentic, Kelzer figured out a way to use exhaust to blow the whistle. He first made a bracket to mount the whistle to the exhaust pipe.

"Then I found a cut-out valve from an old GMC truck," says Kelzer. "I installed it below the muffler and connected it to the whistle. When I trigger it, it directs exhaust to the whistle."

Still not satisfied, Kelzer bought a cast iron school bell, fabricated brackets for it, and mounted it on front of the D-17. Now he can blow the whistle and ring a traditional sounding train bell.

"To complete the train theme, I named the tractor the Apron Road Express after the road I live on," says Kelzer. “It was a big hit at the local July 4th parade."

Kelzer says his friend Arnie Hoppe has his whistles priced from $150 to $350. "He made more than 80 of them originally," says Kelzer. "He even customized mine with an oil cap with the AC logo."

Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Justin Kelzer, 1312 Apron Rd., Randall, Minn. 56475 (ph 320 749-2805; justin_kelzer@yahoo.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1