1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home Built Toy Tractor"My three sons learned to drive tractor on this 4-ft. high toy tractor that I built in 1952. I now use it to pull a trailer and 50-gal. barrel to water small trees," says Dean Fechter, Belvue, Kan.
The tractor is powered by a Fairbanks Morse 1 1/2 hp gas engine off an old bale elevator. It has 15-in. mud grip car wheels on back and a single 13-in. solid rubber automotive spare tire in front. The 3-speed transmission was salvaged from a 1928 Chevrolet car and the rear end from an old Model T. A large pulley mounted on the front of the transmission gears the trans-mission down, as does a large chain-drive sprocket between the transmission and rear end.
The cast iron seat was borrowed from an old horse-drawn Rock Island plow. A right angle gearbox, salvaged from the straw spreader on an old 1940s-era Deere combine, is used to steer the tractor. The letters "JD" are stamped on the gearbox cover and are merged together to look like the letter "D". "Deere used this logo on some of its older model equipment," notes Fechter. Contact: FARM SHOW Folˇlowup, Dean Fechter, 21855 Oregon Trail, Belvue, Kan. 66407 (ph 913 456-7622
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