1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractors Equipped with Sleeper CabsBrian Simonson, Plentywood, Mont., built a hybrid tractor (Vol. 10, No. 2) using a combination of parts from a 1970 IH semi-truck and an industrial scraper. It's unique in that it features.a sleeper compartment for extra long workdays, and room in the cab for two people to ride in comfort.
Simonson says that at a total cost of about $16,000, his home-made sleeper-tractor is easier to fix, rides smoother, and has the added advantage of extra room. He installed electrically controlled air over hydraulic brakes with switches to control each side independently in the cab so he can use the brakes to help steer the tractor, if needed. To counter potential problems due to the tractor's lighter weight, he added 10,000 lbs. in the form of fenders, a 210 gal. fuel tank, a 25 gal. hydraulic oil tank, plus a set of 7,000 lb. oil field pump weights. Powered by a 318 Detroit diesel, with a 13 speed transmission, top road speed is 32 mph.
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