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Third “Cash” Tractor Sells At 2022 Auction
When Indiana farmer Dennis Bobb wasn’t figuring out ways to make his and his brothers’ D-21 Allis pulling tractors better, he was often building other tractors from spare parts. He named several of them his “Johnny Cash Tractors” because they were built one piece at a time. The third tractor in that series, a 190 XT that Bobb built 15 to 20 years ago, sold at an Alexandria, Ohio, auction in October 2022 for $5,355.
A collector at the auction says the price was lower than many bidders expected because of the tractor’s unusual features. Bobb built the tractor frame and the sheet metal work himself to prove his skills were still sharp after years of configuring the Allis Chalmers pulling tractors that he and his brothers Marvin and Danny competed with in the early 1970’s. Their well-prepped powerhouse rigs won a season points championship, 15 National events between 1972 and 1975, and numerous state and local events.
Collectors said that even though Bobb’s custom 190 XT looked like a tractor it was actually “functional art.” Its rear end was from a one-ton Ford truck, and another part of the chassis was from a CO-OP E3 tractor. Power was supplied by a Ford 400 V-8 engine mated to an automatic transmission. That transmission also had a 4-speed manual mechanism. Vertical exhaust pipes on both sides of the hood mimicked those on larger semi-tractors. Auction bidders said the tractor moved quietly and easily at low speeds with the engine idling. They also speculated it might be able to reach “uncomfortably high speeds” with plenty of noise at full throttle. One article written about it proclaimed a top speed “fast enough to scare the daylights out of you.”
Dennis and his brothers have all passed away and the custom tractors are now in collector’s hands.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Aumann Vintage Power, Nokomis, Ill. (www.aumannvintagepower.com).

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