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Old Allis-Chalmers Makes Dandy Reverse Lift Tractor
When J.P. Powell, Stockton, Mo., needed something to move machinery at his farm equipment business, he decided to build his own "lift tractor" by reversing a 1936 WC Allis-Chalmers tractor and installing a New Idea loader on it facing backward.
He reversed the steering, clutch, and brake controls on the tractor and mounted the loader at the rear. The gas tank was re-positioned and a new seat was installed in its place. A hydraulic pump that's chain-driven off the engine crankshaft provides full-time hydraulics for the loader.
He removed the loader bucket and re-placed it with a pair of bale spears. Powell uses the spears to haul machinery as well as round bales for his cattle.
The "lift tractor" worked so well that as soon as it was built Powell started using it every day before he even had time to over-haul the engine. The resulting oil blow-by caused his shop employees to call the machine "Old Smokey". An engine overhaul eliminated the smoke, but the name stuck.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Powell Implement Co., 211 West 32 High-way, Box 250, Stockton, Mo. 65785 (ph 417 276-3317; fax 417 276-6337).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #2