1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Farmall Fitted With Loader,Power Steering
Roger Sutton, of Fostoria, made the modifications to his 1948 Farmall Super A.
"The loader was made by Ark Mfg. but I don't know what kind of tractor it had been on. I made steel brackets that brace the sides of the loader to the front and rear axles. I was able to use the tractor's original hydraulic to operate the loader. It didn't have a bucket and I couldn't find one that fit so I made my own using a 4 by 8-ft., 1/ 8 in. thick steel plate. The bucket can be raised about 9 ft. high.
"The loader made it harder to turn so I decided to add power steering. I salvaged the control valve and cylinder off a 1976 Ford Granada car and the power steering pump off a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am. I hooked the control valve up to the tractor's steering arm. I attached one end of the cylinder to the steering arm and the other end to the front axle. I had to replace the pump's original pulley with a smaller one that would allow the pump to fit under the tractor hood. The smaller pulley causes the pump to run a little faster but it isn't a problem.
"The entire system works beter than I ever thought it would. It takes only about 5 minutes to unbolt the loader. I paid $400 for the tractor and $50 for the valve and cylinder."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roger Sutton, 275 Millington Rd., Fostoria, Mich. 48435 (ph 517 795-2771).
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