2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
41-Year-Old Trucktor Still Going Strong
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.
“It’s very good in the field and I’ve 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 day’s 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 M’s.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jerry Lilly, 285 Van Dorn Road North, Ithaca, New York 14850-9220.
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