1997 - Volume #21, Issue #1, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Conversion Old Tractor CabWhen our kids outgrew the old tractor cab that had served as their roadside school bus shelter, I decided I could still get some use out of it by adapting it to fit the 1961 Farmall 460 I use to push snow.
The early 1970's Cozy Cab was too long for the 460 so I cut 14 in. out of the section behind the doors and 14 in. from the back of the roof. I took 3 in. off the framework of the front window because it caused the cab to rest too high on the tractor. I narrowed up the lower right window panel 3 in. because it butted up against the brake pedal. I moved the rear section up to the door jamb. Doors wouldn't open because they'd hit the tractor tires so I removed the lower half of the operator's door and replaced it with a panel that raises and lowers to allow the door to open and close. It operates on a pivot, a solid rod going through the cab, that mounts in a pillow block bearing holder. An arm fitted with a gas strut off an automobile hatch-back mounts on the pivoting shaft to help raise and lower the panel, which is controlled from the door latch. I added a pair of quartz lights and a rear windshield wiper for visibility at night.
I also rigged a sprayer unit for my Deere Hydro 175 lawn tractor equipped with 38-in. deck. It mounts on back of the tractor allowing me to back out of tight spots, some- thing I couldn't do with any of the conventional trailered sprayers I looked at. I built mounting brackets out of 1/8-in. thick by 2-in. wide strap iron and attached them to the rear of the tractor with carriage bolts in existing holes. The brackets accommodate a 15-gal. spray tank. I use a 12-volt sprayer pump and 4-ft. boom fitted with two commercial nozzles to give me spray coverage of approximately 7 ft. The system operates with a dash mount on-off switch and re-moves quickly and easily when you're finished spraying. (Harvey Svec, P.O. Box 469, Brookings, S. Dak. 57006; ph 605 692-5131 or 629-3941).
Click here to download page story appeared in.
Click here to read entire issue
To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.