1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
ATV Built From Old Jeep"It'll go anywhere," says Ted Pyle, Miles City, Mont., about the heavy-duty 4-wheel ATV he built out of an old jeep.
"As land improvement contractors, we do a lot of surveying for surface irrigation. Four-wheelers are the logical vehicle to use, but we always had trouble crossing irrigation ditches with conventional ATV's. When we got stuck, it took two people to get out. So we decided to build a 4-wheeler from an old Jeep that we already owned. We built it to fit in the back of our crewcab pickup which has a short box."
Pyle made a frame out of sq. steel tubing, shortened the axles and housings, shortened the driveshafts down to the slip joints, and used the jeep's transfer case so the ATV has high and low range. The rig is powered by an old 30 hp Wisconsin air-cooled, 4-cycle engine that's coupled to a Series 18 Sundstrand hydraulic pump that runs a hydraulic motor mounted on the transfer case. "Hydrostatic transmission makes it easy to operate," says Pyle. "We simply push or pull on a lever to go forward or back-ward. The more you move the lever the faster it goes.
"It turned out rather heavy and with big flotation tires it was hard to steer, so we added power steering. The tires stick out farther than any other part of the machine so it'll grab onto and climb just about anything. We sure have a lot of fun with it."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pyle Inc., Rt. 2, Box 3180, Miles City, Mont. 59301 (ph 406 232-3349).
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