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Deere skid steer loader has Datsun B-210 engine
At a cost of just $250, Iowa farmer Wallace Dolch replaced the 2-cyl. Onan engine in his Deere 70 skid steer loader with an engine from a Datsun B-210 car.
"The original engine had been a problem since the loader was new. I used the Datsun engine because it was the shortest engine I could find," says Dolch, who farms near Atlantic. "I left the original flywheel on the engine and took a flexplate drive out of a 510 Massey combine. I had it cut down and then attached the original coupling gear off the hydraulic pump to the flexplate, which I then bolted
to the flywheel.
"I made my own motor mounts and used a radiator from an MG sports car. I had to add 6 in. to the back of the loader to mount the radiator on.
"The conversion made the loader worth more to us because it's got plenty of power and doesn't tip as easy when lifting heavy loads. The engine added about 75 lbs. to the back of the loader."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wallace Dolch, Rt. 1, Atlantic, Iowa 50022 (ph 712 243-1189).


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