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People Love His Farmall “Cook-All” Tractor
Harry Stracener of Buda, Texas, likes Farmall tractors as much as he likes barbeque cooking. One day he got the idea of combining both interests by making a Farmall “Cook-All” barbeque.
    A 20-in. dia., 6-ft. long thick-walled steel pipe mounts in place of the engine and serves as the grille, which has 2 compartments with hinged doors that swing down from the bottom to form a table. Welded-on box-end wrenches serve as door handles.
    “It gets a lot of attention at shows and community events. Some people who see it for the first time and don’t know what it is ask me why this tractor is so long,” says Stracener. “I tell them it’s a barbeque grill and then I add that if you can catch it or run over it, I can cook it.”
    He started with a Farmall C and removed the engine, then mounted the pipe barbeque grill in its place and replaced the front end with one off a Farmall H. “The pipe was too big to fit inside the C’s front cowling but it fit the H’s cowling just fine,” explains Stracener. “I got the pipe from a sign company, which used it to support large commercial roadside signs.”
    The pipe is welded to angle iron brackets bolted to the C’s transmission and to the H’s cowling. “The pipe actually holds the front and back parts of the tractor together,” says Stracener.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harry Stracener, 514 Tanglewood Trail, Buda, Texas 78610 (ph 512 497-1151).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3