1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1, Page #29[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Made His Own Tractor Mailbox
"My wife and I had been wanting to build a tractor mailbox fora long time. We finally found a 1937 Deere B and paid $100 for it," says Talbott. "I didn't care how it ran be-cause I didn't plan to drive it, but the engine could probably be restored to running condition. The tractor had rotten rubber tires with solid cast iron hubs, but I wanted spoked wheels. Deere wanted $400 a piece for spoked wheels so I ended up buying spoked wheels made for an Oliver tractor."
Talbott and his family scraped, sand-blasted, painted and repaired the old tractor. They welded the exhaust pipe shut and applied silicone around various hood openings to keep out moisture. They used several coats of primer and paint to protect the tractor from weather. Talbott mounted the mailbox on a metal support that's bolted to the front of the tractor. The last step was to apply Deere decals to the sides of tractor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, RR 2, Box 42, Potomac, Ill. 61865 (ph 217 987-6357).
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