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Articulated Loader
"It works great for snow removal as well as for lifting engines or car bodies in my shop. I built it for only $1,500," says Rick Clove, Princeton, Minn., who used scrap parts to build an articulated loader tractor equipped with a self leveling bucket and an automatic transmission that lets him shift without clutching.
The tractor is powered by a 400 cu. in., 200 hp small block engine borrowed froma 1973 Chevrolet car. There are two transmissions - a Chevrolet power glide automatic 2-speed transmission and a transmission taken from a junked-out 1950's Massey Harris 27 combine. The Massey transmission has high and low range and serves as a transfer case. "I use high range to dig snow and low range to work around the shop," says Clove. "I use a hand shift lever equipped with a thumb throttle next to the seat to change gears and to speed up or slow down."
Clove borrowed the axles from a fullˇsize 1969 Ford car. "I should have used axles from a 3/4-ton pickup so the tractor would be geared lower," notes Clove.
He used 4 by4-in. sq. steel tubing from an International chisel plow to build the front part of the tractor frame, and 6-in. channel iron from a Deere swather to build the rear part of the frame. The tractor bends in the middle by means of a 4 by 12-in. hydraulic steering cylinder. The lower swivel ball link is from an International 2 plus 2 tractor, and the upper link is the top link of a 3-pt. hitch. "The ball ends allow the tractor to articulate and oscillate," says Clove.
The boom is controlled with a pairof 2 1/2 by 28-in. single acting hydraulic cylinders and the bucket by a 4 by 12 in. hydraulic cylinder. Clove uses foot pedals to control both the loader bucket and boom. He welded a long-wearing grader blade to the front cutting edge of the 70ˇin, wide bucket which has a 7-ft lifting height. Clove equipped the tractor with 9.00 by 16 tires from a pair of self-propelled swathers. The seat came from a boat, the tilt steering wheel from a 1973 car, the gas tank from a Deere swather, and the power brakes from a Volkswagen Rabbit.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Clove, Box 145, Princeton, Minn. 55371 (ph 612 389-5284).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2