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41-Year-Old Trucktor Still Going Strong
During 46 years of publishing, FARM SHOW has written about many different trucktors that are a combination of a truck and a tractor. New Yorker Jerry Lilly built his Trucktor four decades ago but figured readers might be interested in another take on the idea.
Lilly used the frame, wheels, operator station, and drive train of a Massey 44 tractor coupled with a 350 V-8 Chevy truck engine. He designed and built a special drive shaft to mate the two components together.
To create a truck-like front end, Lilly replaced the tractor steering wheels with two large front wheels from a C-50 Chevy truck. The radiator and electrical system are from the truck engine while gas is supplied by the original Massey tank.
Instead of a muffler below the engine, Lilly built straight pipes out from the engine and up the side of the tractor frame, so exhaust clears the operator.
Its very good in the field and Ive used it for raking hay, hauling wagons, and many other jobs around my place, Lilly says. It only uses about two gallons of gas for a full days work.
Lilly has tinkered around with tractors and trucks for several years and is currently trying to build an articulated 2 + 2 tractor by combining the frames and mechanical aspects of two Farmall Ms.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jerry Lilly, 285 Van Dorn Road North, Ithaca, New York 14850-9220.


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