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Cab-Equipped 1926 Farmall Was The Talk Of The Neighborhood
By the looks of it, Firman Simon was way ahead of his time.
This photo, from the late 1930's, shows the Sioux Rapids, Iowa, farmer with his 1926 Farmall Regular steel-wheeled tractor - with cab. It may not have been the world's first tractor cab, but it was definitely a novelty in northwest Iowa.
"It was the talk of the neighborhood," says Simon's son, George. "The cab, which dad used on the tractor in the late 1930's, was off a Model T car. Installing it was my brother Al's idea. Four men just picked it up, lifted it onto the frame, and bolted it right onto the axle and frame. Dad didn't like it on his tractor at first, but after a couple days of field work in blustery late March/early April winds, he decided it was the best thing since sliced bread."
Simon used the cab-equipped tractor, which he entered from the rear, for seeding oats, disking and plowing, George says. He removed the cab for cultivating and corn-picking.
The only problem: "The combination of rough terrain and steel lugs on the wheels just shook it to pieces after a couple of years."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Simon, 4457 120th Ave., Sioux Rap-ids, Iowa 50585 (ph 712 283-2445).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #1