2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mini Deere With Sidecar
“I had a late 80’s or early 90’s Cub Cadet riding mower with a deck sitting around and I thought, I need to scrap this thing or do something with it,” says Evans. “So, I brought it into the shop and wrapped it in sheet metal from a John Deere H so it looks like a miniature antique Deere.”
Evans says the original Koehler engine was cranked and cammed differently from the factory. After starting it and listening to it run, he thought it mimicked an old twin cylinder John Deere and figured, “Why not turn it into one?”
Once the tractor was finished, he got the idea to add a sidecar. He had another Cub Cadet that he stripped down and then covered with vintage tractor metal. It hooks to the tractor with 3 pins, including a pull bar attached to the front of the tractor.
Each piece was built with the articulation to follow the ground separately from the other, ensuring they’re smooth and safe to operate.
“I can unpin the sidecar and hook it directly behind the other making it a tractor trailer unit. This helps me load them on my trailer because it’s not very wide. After I unload it, it hooks back up easily as a sidecar.”
He says the unit is a big hit in shows and parades. A vintage aluminum ice chest mounts at the front of the sidecar and is filled with drinks, snacks and candy for kids whenever they show it off in public.
“It’s just for show. People seem to love it because you don’t really see anything like it.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clint Evans, 114 State School Road, Gatesville,Texas 76528 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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