1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Built His Own Rumley Tractor
"I took a few photos of the real thing and then started gathering scrap parts.
"The steel wheels are from ahorse-drawn New Idea manure spreader. I got the LB International engine out of a junked cement mixer. The 4-speed transmission and rear end came out of a Toyota and the 90? gearbox from a snowblower. The brakes and steering linkage came out of a 2-ton Ford truck. The steering wheel came off a threshing machine - it was used to raise and lower the blower. The sheet copper for the cooler was salvaged from a printing press roller. I made the sun shade roof out of tin.
"The used parts make the tractor look old and rustic. I can haul it in the bed of a full-size pickup. My son Sam and I take this replica to steam shows. Sam's been running the tractor since he was 9 years old."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald H. Miller, W11468 Co. Road FW, Randolph, Wis. 53956 (ph 414 326-3639).
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