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Galloping Parade Float Popular With Chldren
Kids who live in and around Jacksonville, Ill., got a treat last summer when the Classic Iron Club of Greene County built a first-of-its-kind mechanical horse ride float and
brought it to the local antique tractor show. Named "Old Iron", the rolling ride can hold as many as 25 kids at a time. What makes it fun is that the wheels mount on offset hubs so it has a realistic galloping horse movement to it.
Bob Lamb, who runs a welding shop in Greenfield, Ill., built the float for the Classic Iron Club and warns that you must have a responsible driver pulling the unusual float. "You can't pull it too fast," he notes.
The iron horse was made from a 21-ft. long piece of well casing pipe with 1/4-in. sidewalls. It mounts on a conventional wagon running gear and is covered with household carpet. A fixed handrail runs down the full length of the pipe on one side and a safety chain down the other. There are also stirrups with two levels of foot rests for kids of different sizes, and safety belts.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Lamb Welding Shop, 516 S. Main, Greenfield, Ill. 62044 (ph 217 368-2131).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2