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Home-Built 4-WD Articulated Tractor

"We bought our 1970 Deere 3020 gas tractorin 1988 from a local dealer. After a few years, at 3,700 hrs., the engine started running bad and lost most of its power. We decided to repower it with a different engive," says Rick Sazama, Abbotsford, Wis.
"All the Deere dealers we contacted said there were no diesel repower kits available for 3020's so I called Superior Diesel in Rhinelander, Wis., and after a few months of discussion and drawing up plans, I took the tractor to their mechanic, Tom Stilen of Tom Stilen Repair in Shiocton, Wis.
"Our tractor is now the first 3020 ever repowered with a 4045D 80-hp. diesel engine with a 540 rpm pto. Tom Stilen converted the engine to fit the 3020 and repower kits are now available to fit Deere 3010 and 3020 tractors. You can get either a 4-cyl. 239 cu. in. or a 276 cu. in. Both engines are non-turbo. Both install with no hood or other sheet metal modification.
"I'm happy with my `like new' tractor. It starts easy and has lots of power with less fuel consumption. Even though the original gas engine went bad, the rest of the tractor was still in good condition. At a fraction of the cost, we have a new engine in a very good tractor with a 2-year or 2,000 hour warranty on the engine.
"The repower job can be done in about 8 hrs, with all-new components including the engine, waterpump, fuel injectors and pump, alternator and starter. The tractor looks great and runs great, too."
Kit sells for just under $6,900 with exchange of old parts.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rick Sazama, 2660 Boss Rd., Abbotsford, Wis. 54405 (ph 715 223-3865); or FARM SHOW
Followup, John Pamperin, Superior Diese,1632 N. Stevens St., P.O. Box 1187, Rhinelander, Wis. 54501 (ph 800 5210956).


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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5