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Souped-Up Antique Tractor Fitted With Rear-Mount Loader
In 1958, New York farmer Steve Vaadi "souped up" an old McCormick-Deering tractor by fitting it with a new engine and later mounted a loader bucket on the back end. Both modifications worked good when he first made them and they're still working good today.
"I took out the original engine and put in a 6-cyl. Dodge truck engine. It had much more power, used less fuel and, of course, I no longer had to crank by hand to start. Installation was relatively easy because the tractor had an independent frame. The Dodge engine and transmisísion fit right in although I had to move the radiator forward a bit.
"I mounted the loader on back of the tractor because I was using it to handle
16-ft. logs and needed the weight over the rear drive wheels. I equipped the tractor with power steering, and powered clutch and brakes so I could run backwards.
"I've loaded thousands of logs with it and done a lot of other work. I have a large snow bucket that slips over the log forks and is held in place by two pins. I also have a smaller dirt bucket for it.
"I've never had a major breakdown. It starts good in cold weather - 20? to 30? below zero - with no problems. I would be lost without this tractor.
"I've converted a number of other tractors with car or truck engines."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Vaadi, Rt. 2, Box 659, La Fargevíille, N.Y. 13656 (ph 315 658-9915).


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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4