2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Made It Myself” Cub Cadet 4-WD
“A friend from Waterloo, Iowa, Norman Bruggeman, made one and that’s what got me inspired. He told me I could do it,” says Dejong.
He started with the frame of an 1864 Cub Cadet and the rear end of a 782 Cub.
“The 782 is older, but made of cast iron so it can take the abuse and be a tougher rear end,” Dejong says. He took two old Kohler Command engines to a mechanic to create one good engine to power the Cub, and worked with a machine shop for the driveshaft, knuckles, control cable, and othr parts.
Between talking to Bruggeman, who sent lots of photos, being patient, and much “thinking” time, he spent the past couple of winters working on it.
Dejong plans to take it to Cub events. The tractor has more power to put on display, especially for plowing events. He hopes to line up a group of home-built 4-WD’s to display at an upcoming show.
Though the process has been long and challenging, Dejong is pleased with the most recent addition to his 20-piece Cub Cadet collection.
“I had time. I got the bug to build something like that, and 4-WD makes it pretty special,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harold Dejong, 4044 120th St., Little Rock, Iowa 51243 (ph 712 541-1490; email@example.com).
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