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Conversion Old Tractor Cab
When 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).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #1