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Buggy Made From Cub Cadets
Forest Spaulding is a mechanical tinkerer who enjoys building unique vehicles. When he and three friends planned to visit the Florida Flywheels Antique Engine and Tractor Show, they wanted a way to motor around the grounds rather than walk, so Forest and his brother-in-law, Earl Brandt, built a motorized buggy.
They mounted two Cub Cadet grills on the front of a hand-built chassis. Spaulding used spare sheet metal and other parts to build a sturdy frame that could easily haul four passengers, or two passengers and a few coolers. The buggy is powered by a 7000 Kohler 3 hp. engine that had been sitting in Spaulding’s barn since the 1970’s. Originally used on an old orchard sprayer, the engine turned over but didn’t have any compression. Spaulding and Brandt installed new rings and a valve and had the magneto and carburetor rebuilt.
They located a new set of points, and another builder made a new coil for it. Spaulding and Brandt added a double groove pulley to the engine. One belt drives a Cub Cadet clutch and transaxle and the other one powers a Cub Cadet starter and generator. The buggy’s 90-degree gearbox is from a riding lawn tractor. The transaxle, steering column and front seats are from an old Cub Cadet and the rear seat is from a Ford Bronco.
They made the front axle wide enough and tall enough to mount oversized garden tractor wheels. The rear axle was extended to accept vintage Ford spoked wheels. An old Allis WD shifter connects to the transmission with a long rod similar to those used on a bus. Old cut-up fenders from Cub Cadet riders were pieced together for the sides of the new buggy.
The rear bumper, which doubles as a step, is made from a strong oak board mounted on two LaSalle running board brackets. Spaulding says the vehicle hums right along at a good clip, even with four riders, who thoroughly enjoyed the Florida show and turned a lot of visitors’ heads in the process.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Forrest Spaulding, Upstate New York.

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