1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rebuilt Minneapolis Moline Tractor
"I bought it in 1963 and it was my main tractor for 10 years. In 1966 I installed a homemade cab on it, mounting it on the fenders behind the tranmission. I had a problem with dust, so I pressurized the cab with filtered air and then fitted it with an air conditioner. In 1969, I repositioned the cab on top of the transmission, rubber-mounting it. I probably had the quietest cab around during that era.
"The last 10 years I didn't use the tractor much except for swathing. Because it's still in excellent shape, last August I started to modify it to make it more useful. First I dreamed up a way to convert the hand clutch to a foot clutch. The pedal travel is longer than normal but it works good and the throw-out bearing is completely released when engaged. I also installed a foot pedal. Then I lengthened the wheelbase out 3 1/2 ft. to accommodate the loader since I couldn't attach the loader to the back axles (the cab was in the way). I also fitted the tractor with a hydraulic power steering system with its own pump from a used MC combine.
"Last October I decided to mount a grader blade under the tractor for closing ditches and maintaining terraces. The blade is 12-ft. wide. I bought it used from the highway department. It works a lot better than towing the blade (previously I had mounted the blade on a 2-wheel transport). The biggest expense was 2 pieces of iron plate - one's 3 by 3-ft. and the other's 3 by 4-ft., both 3/4 in. thick - that I bought new to make a turntable. I angle the blade by hand."I didn't spend a lot of money on any of these modifications and now I have a tractor that's really useful."
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Ed Pieper, 702 Cedar, Akron, Colo. 80720 (ph 303 345-6474).
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